The Newsroom reviews match day three of the UEFA Champions League.
FC Barcelona v Manchester City
Fresh off their 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City faced a tough away trip to Barcelona as they looked to move to the top spot in group C. City didn’t get off to the greatest of starts after Lionel Messi put Barcelona in the lead after just 16 minutes. Man City had numerous chances to equalize but for the remainder of the first half, City’s defence was able to withstand the pressure from Barcelona’s lethal frontline of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar until the 61st minute, Messi doubled La Blaugrana’s lead with a neat strike just outside the box. The Argentinian superstar completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute with a coolly taken finish. Neymar had the opportunity get himself on the scoresheet but had his penalty denied by Willy Caballero. Soon after, the Brazilian rounded off Barcelona’s brilliant performance with a goal in the 89th minute.
Arsenal v Ludogorets Razgrad
Arsenal continued their impressive form in the Champions League form as they played hosts to Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad. Arsenal got off to a swift start when Alexis Sanchez scored an audacious lob in the 12th minute but the goals didn’t stop there. Theo Walcott continued his goalscoring with a 20-yard-strike outside the box to double Arsenal’s lead. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Arsenal three goals ahead after he picked up on a loose ball just inside the box after half-time. Mesut Ozil put on a masterclass as he bagged a second-half hat-trick to seal Arsenal’s lead position in group A.
FC Rostov v Atletico Madrid
FC Rostov played hosts to group D leaders Atletico Madrid as they looked to gain some ground on 2nd placed Bayern Munich. Rostov made it difficult for Atleti to break them down despite Los Rojiblancos having numerous chances on goal. Atletico Madrid finally made a breakthrough in the 62nd minute when Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scored with a neat finish on the far post, courtesy of a cross from Madrid right-back Juanfran. Madrid came agonisingly close to scoring again in the 82nd minute when Antoine Griezmann had his header saved at point-blank range from Rostov keeper Dzhanayev. – Ben Owusu
Paris Saint Germain 3-0 FC Basel
Bayern Munich 4-1 PSV
Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Benfica
Napoli 2-3 Besiktas
Celtic 0-2 Borussia M’Gladbach
Photo of Koscielny flying through the air from the Arsenal Twitter feed.