27 November, 2013 - 09:42

Champions League: Wilshere powers Arsenal closer to the round of 16

Champions League: Wilshere powers Arsenal closer to the round of 16

Arsenal edge closer to the round of 16 after a comfortable win over Marseille at the Emirates.

Group E
Despite suffering a miserable defeat from Basel, Jose Mourinho’s side progressed to the next round as Schalke were unable to beat underdogs Steaua. Chelsea fans might have expected some revenge for a 1-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, and the Special One started his best eleven. However, Chelsea only managed one shot in 90 minutes against fifteen from the hosts. Mohamed Salah brought a deserved win for his club minutes before the final whistle and Basel will travel to Germany for a crucial match against Schalke on the last day.

Steaua Bucarest 0-0 Schalke 04
Basel 1-0 Chelsea

Group F
Jack Wilshere shone at The Emirates as Arsenal beat Marseille 2-0. Seconds into the match the Englishman scored after a personal brilliant effort. He used Mesut Ozil’s assist to complete a brace in the second half. The German international had a chance to score from penalty spot but failed to convert. Arsene Wenger’s side have almost qualified for the knock-out stage but still need not to get brushed by the Italian club come the final day to progress.
Borussia Dortmund beat Napoli in a nervous match courtesy of goals from Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to level on points with Rafael Benitez’ side.

Arsenal 2-0 Olympique Marseille
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Napoli

Group G
Porto did not manage to get a single home win in the group stage after sharing points with Austria Wien. Moreover, the visitors were in front after an early strike from Roman Kienast. Jackson Martinez saved the match for his side at the beginning of the second half. Zenit failed to beat a weakened Simeone’s team as Adrian opened the scoring on 53 minutes and the Russian side equalized through Toby Alderweireld’s own goal twenty minutes later. Hulk and co. now look set to finish second with a match against Austria in hand.

Zenit St. Petersburg 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Porto 1-1 Austria Wien

Group H
Toothless performance from Celtic saw them lose 0-3 at Celtic Park to AC Milan and left without any chance for European tournaments in spring. Kaka, Zapata and Balotelli scored for the visitors. Inspired Ajax performance inflicted the first defeat in the season on Barcelona as Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen put the hosts ahead and Xavi converted a penalty after Joël Veltman had been sent off early in the second half. De Boer’s side now need to beat Milan at San Siro to qualify for the round of 16.

Celtic 0-3 Milan
Ajax 2-1 Barcelona

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Author: Leon Smolski

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27 November 2013, 11:06

What's wrong with Celtic? they were rubbish defensively, hardly any better up front...

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