champions league matchday 5 wednesday games roundup

Champions League Matchday 5 Wednesday Games Round Up: Bayern Suffers Shock Loss

Arsenal and PSG played out a 2-2 draw in what turned out to be a thrilling encounter in Group A. The reverse fixture back in September ended 1-1; thus both sides will be disappointed at not being able to claim three points off each other.

Both sides have already secured qualification into the Round of 16, so it’s more or less a race for top spot in the group in a bid to avoid a knockout stage fixture against a European heavyweight.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for PSG before Olivier Giroud converted a penalty right before half-time to take things level going into the break. Own goals from Marco Veratti and Alex Iwobi gave the game somewhat of a comic twist as the proceedings ended in a 2-2 draw.

Ludogorets and Basel played out a goalless draw with the former seemingly set to finish third and make it into the Europa League thanks to their superior goal difference.

Complacency saw Benfica throw away a three-goal lead as the Portuguese outfit was held to a draw by Besiktas in Istanbul.

The draw saw Benfica sit second in Group B with eight points, just one point above third-placed Besiktas while Napoli remains in pole position following the Italian outfit’s goalless draw with Dinamo Kyiv.

Last night’s shock result came as Rostov secured an emphatic 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich. The loss came just four days after losing their first Bundesliga game of the season against fierce rivals Dortmund.

The Bavarian giants had already secured entry into the Round of 16, but now, it’s certain they can’t finish top of Group D with Atletico currently leading the pack having picked up 15 points while Bayern has amassed just 9 points thus far.

Douglas Costa put Bayern in front with a 35th-minute strike before goals from Sadar Azmoun, and Dimitri Poloz gave Rostov a 2-1 lead. Juan Bernat got Bayern back in the game with a 52-minute strike, but a goal from Christian Noboa gave Rostov all three points.

Elsewhere in Group D, Atletico Madrid secured a 2-0 win over PSV, thus maintaining their 100% record in the Champions League this season. Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann were on target for Atletico last night.

Manchester City was held to a 1-1 draw by Gladbach as the Citizen’s failed to keep pace with Barcelona at the top of Group C. Raffael opened the scoring for Gladbach before David Silva brought things level in the 45th minute.

Barcelona retained pole position in Group C following their 2-0 victory away at Celtic courtesy of a brace from Messi.

Highlights of Champions League Matchday 5 Wednesday Games

Arsenal vs PSG

Celtic vs Barcelona

Gladbach vs Manchester City

FC Rostov vs Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid vs PSV

Besiktas vs Benfica

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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