UCL Roundup: Arsenal On The Brink As Barcelona & Bayern Munich Were Ruthless
At the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich produced another monster attacking football as they thrash Greek side, Olympiakos 4-0 to secure their qualification in Group F.
With goals from Dauglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller and substitute Kingsley Coman completed the demolition for Pep Guardiola’s men who have now scored nine in their last 2 games.
Premier League side, Arsenal brought alive their chances of qualification by taking full advantage of Bayern’s lifeline spanking Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 at the Emirates.
A diving header from Mesut Ozil and an Alexis Sanchez double saw the Gunners through on the night and with their destiny in their own hands when they travel to Olympiakos next month.
After a thrashing El-Clasico over the weekend, European champions,Barcelona put in another masterclass performance in a 6-1 thrashing of AS Roma on Tuesday night to make the knock out rounds of the Champions League with Lionel Messi grabbing a brace on his first start since injury layoff.
Bate Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 earlier in the day to seal Barca’s place in the round of 16 but Luis Enrique’s side are unstoppable as they crushed the Italians in style to seal top spot in Group E with strikes from Gerard Pique, Adriano and a Luis Suarez brace completing the rout.
“When you see the players enjoy themselves in every phase of the game you have to be satisfied. They enjoy themselves on the training ground and when they are playing and that is great,” Reckons Luis Enrique in his post match interview.
Roma could still qualify though, as a victory over the Belarusians sees them through irrespective of the outcome in Bayarena where Leverkusen host Barca.
FC Porto fell to a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Dynamo Kiev while Chelsea were 4-0 winners at Maccabi Tel Aviv with Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma finding the back of the net.
Chelsea, Porto and Dynamo Kiev are separated by just two points, but the Blues need only a draw at home to Porto to progress.
Zenit St Petersburg made it five wins in a row with a 2-0 home victory over Valencia, while KAA Gent moved into second with a 2-1 win at Lyon.