It was a cracking midweek for the UEFA Champions League with matchday two of the Group Stage averaging over four goals per game, including an eight-goal thriller in Austria as Anderlecht were pulled back to 4-3 before adding a late fifth against Rapid Vienna, and a pair of seven-goal matches with heavy wins.
Groups E-H played on Tuesday, and it was almost a clean-sweep for the home sides, with Twente’s win in Berne and a 1-1 draw in Paris spoiling some accumulators. Standard Liège scored after 46 seconds as they beat the holders at home, while Manchester United had six different players on the scoresheet as they put seven past Shamrock Rovers.
Nicklas Helenius scored a 26-minute hat-trick either side of the break as Twente followed their draw against Arsenal with a comprehensive win in Switzerland, while Juventus put four past a Monaco side reduced to ten men inside the opening twenty minutes following Edgar Prib’s professional foul.
On Wednesday night, six players scored a brace as Groups A-D played their second matches. Bayern cruised to a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb with all the goal before the break, while Real Madrid in free-scoring fashion as they won 6-1 in the Ukraine, conceding only from the spot.
It’s a three-week break until the competition resumes, with Juventus v. Barcelona the highlight of the night on Tuesday 21 October, both sides having won both their matches so far. The following night, one or both of Mainz and Metalist will earn their first point(s), and Real Madrid and Benfica clash in Spain.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, GROUP STAGE MATCHDAY 2/6: A Olympique Lyonnais 2-4 Chelsea A Rapid Vienna 3-5 Anderlecht B Bayern Munich 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb B Fenerbahce 2-1 Zenit St. Petersburg C Mainz 0-2 Benfica C Metalist Kharkiv 1-6 Real Madrid D AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur D Celtic 1-0 Villarreal E Arsenal 3-1 Olympiakos E Young Boys 0-4 Twente F Manchester United 7-0 Shamrock Rovers F Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Sporting Clube G Standard Liege 2-1 Borussia Dortmund G Valencia 5-0 Legia Warsaw H Barcelona 5-1 Rubin Kazan H Juventus 4-1 Monaco