UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 Review

By  Football Pulp - 29 September 2016

UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 saw the defending champions, Real Madrid, held by Broussia Dortmund for a draw. A frustrating night indeed for the holders but the result delivered jubilance to their German opponents.

The Tuesday-night fixtures also saw Sevilla edging past Lyon in a close encounter, while the newbie, Leicester, secured a comprehensive victory against Porto in their first home game of the competition. Tottenham also enjoyed a victorious night in Russia defeating CSKA Moscow, while København dominated Club Brugge. 

Juventus brought their A game against Dinamo Zagreb, netting 4 goals and managing a clean sheet as well. PSG and Arsenal were also victorious in their respective ties, whereas Napoli also managed to complement their campaign with an influential performance against Benfica. Barça were on to their toes against Monchengladbach and the German outfit gave everything, however, the Catalans got lucky in the end.

Atletico Madrid had to undergo a tough challenge at the start of the season against Bayern but the Spanish side emerged victorious. A comprehensive performance from the Madrid outfit left Ancelloti’s men speechless. At the other side of horizon, Celtic put a full stop to Pep Guardiola’s winning streak, holding Man City for a draw after a 6-goal thriller.

All in all, UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 had spills, thrills and every other factor to keep the fans glued to their seats. 

Top Fixtures

Dortmund 2 – 2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid had to go through a tough ride in Germany, which was expected but their frustrating run continues as they were held for a 2-2 draw. The defensive lapses were apparent and Dortmund made no opportunity to capitalizing on them. Ronaldo gave holders the lead, which was erased by Aubameyang but Varane restored the lead in the 68th minute. However, a stunning shot for Andre Schurrle leveled the terms for the host, securing a crucial point for Dortmund. 

Celtic 3 – 3 Man City

Celtic gathered the lessons from their last defeat against Barcelona quite well and came up with a solid performance against Man City. Guardiola’s men were aiming to secure 11th consecutive win of the season but poor defensive show forced them to settle for a point in a 6-goal thriller. A rather frustrating Scottish night for the Citizens – and it’s high time for them to re-assess their strategy.

Standout Side

Leicester City

Leicester secured their first home win of the competition against Porto making it two wins in a row for the Foxes. Not just that, two clean sheets in two matches clearly indicates their intentions that they are not here to settle. 

Notable Mentions

Tottenham also secured a crucial win away from home and also managed to keep a clean sheet that will keep their CL contention alive. After a home defeat, a win will put the Spurs on the right track and help them boost their chances to qualify for the next round.

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