The Newsroom reviews week four of the UEFA Champions League.
Ludogorets Razgrad v Arsenal
Mesut Ozil’s spectacular finish late in the match saw Arsenal pull off a comeback from two goals down, winning 3-2. Arsene Wenger’s men suffered an early shock when Jonathan Cafu finished off a well-executed set-piece in the 11th minute to put Ludogorets ahead. Jonathan Cafu was on hand for Ludogorets’ second goal as he dribbled past Kieran Gibbs to find Claudiu Keseru unmarked in the box just three minutes later. Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka brought his side back into the contest when he calmly struck Mesut Ozil’s cross into the back of the net in the 20th minute. Arsenal found an equalizer in the 41st minute when Olivier Giroud stood strong to finish Aaron Ramsey’s cross. Mesut Ozil’s solo-run goal in the 87th minute silenced the home crowd and confirmed Arsenal’s spot in the knockout stages.
Manchester City v FC Barcelona
After a tricky start to the match, Pep Gaurdiola’s Manchester City pulled off an impressive comeback to beat FC Barcelona 3-1. Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 20th minute, finishing off a counter-attack led by Neymar to slot it past Willy Caballero. Ilkay Gundogan restored parity for City in the 39th minute. Sergio Aguero pounced on Sergi Roberto’s mistake to set Raheem Sterling through on goal but chose to set up an unmarked Ilkay Gundogan on the edge of the box. Kevin De Bruyne put Manchester City in the lead in the 50th minute with a superb free-kick to send the home fans into raptures. Andre Gomes had a clear opportunity to level the scoreline for Barcelona in the 64th minute but his strike connected with the crossbar. City completed their 3-1 onslaught in the 74th minute after Ilkay Gundogan found himself unmarked once again when he pounced on Sergio Aguero’s parried shot to slot it home.
PSV Eindhoven v FC Bayern Munich
An early goal for PSV was not enough to hold off Bayern Munich as they went on to win 2-1 to progress to the knockout stages. PSV found themselves ahead in the 14th minute when Santiago Arias scored against the run of play to the dismay of the highly-favoured away side. A handball in the box allowed Robert Lewandowski to convert his penalty from the spot to bring Bayern back into the contest. Lewandowski scored his second goal in the 74th minute after he was on the end of David Alaba’s cross to tap-in from close range. – Ben Owusu
Benfica 1-0 Dynamo Kiev
Besiktas 1-1 Napoli
Basel 1-2 PSG
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Celtic
Atletico Madrid 2-1 FC Rostov
Photo of Mesut- Ozil celebrating his goal from the Arsenal FC Twitter feed.