With their first win in this year’s campaign coming off Bayern Munich, Arsenal are now level with Dinamo Zagreb, three points behind Bayern and second-placed Olympiacos, who saw-off Dinamo 1-0 at Zagreb thanks to a 79th-minute goal from Nigerian international Brown Ideye.
Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil’s goals for Arsenal ensured Bayern’s unbeaten run in Europe was truncated at the end of the day in Group F.
Ivan Rakitic powered defending champions Barcelona to victory over BATE Borisov 2-0 at their own backyard, the Borisov Arena. The win was one that will see the Catalans maintain their unbeaten run in this year’s campaign and also extend their lead at the top to three points.
At the Bay Arena, Bayer Leverkusen did all they could to beat AS Roma but could only manage a point as the game ended in an eight-goal thriller. Leverkusen were on course to get the win after having scored two goals in the first 20 minutes but eventually succumbed to Roma’s pressure and needed another two goals in the last 10 minutes to draw.
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and De Rossi were on target scoring two goals each for the German side and Roma, respectively.
Chelsea is still lying third as with their goalless draw against Dynamo Kiev, who jumped to the top spot as Porto secured a 2-0 home win over pointless bottom-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv with goals coming from two African players, Vincent Aboubakar and Yacine Brahimi.
Jose Mourinho was in his usual referee-blaming element as he blasted the man at the centre calling him “weak and naive.”
Mourinho’s side had a strong penalty appeal turned down on a day that absolutely did not belong to them as they hit the woodwork twice.
AA Gent came crashing 2-1 at the hands of Spanish side Valencia, who were playing at their home base, the Mestalla Stadium.
An own goal from Gent’s Lasse Nielsen’s had shot the home side into the lead before Thomas Foket equalised for the visitors, only for Stefan Mitrovic to restore the lead for Valencia before the end of the match.
Zenit St. Petersburg counted on goals from Artem Dzyuba, Dannyn and Hulk to defeat French side Lyon 3-1 on home soil.
Alexandre Lacazette scored to equalize for the Ligue 1 club, but Dannyn and Hulk later wrapped it all up for Zenit who have managed to maintain a 100% record so far.