20 September, 2012 - 10:35

UEFA Champions League Group E and F: ups and downs

UEFA Champions League Group E and F: ups and downs

The remaining set of matches were played on Wednesday night.

Group E

Chelsea FC earned a 2-2 draw against Juventus at Stamford Bridge and Roberto Di Matteo is upset with his Champions League title holders. It was Oscar, their recent £25m-signing from Internacional, who brought a 2-0 first-half lead against Italian Juventus. But Arturo Vidal stroke shortly before half-time and the second half turned out a disappointment for Chelsea’s fans as a substitute Fabio Quagliarella netted an 81st minute equalizer.

Shakhtar Donetsk got their three points at their Champions League group stage opener, earning a 2-0 win over the Danish champions, Nordsjaelland at Donbass Arena on Wednesday. Henrik Mkhitaryan’s two goals, one in each half, didn’t find a response from the Danes.

Group F

BATE Borisov notched an unexpected and exciting 3-1 victory over LOSC Lille at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole. The visitors made it 3-0 up in half-time via goals from Aleksandr Volodko, Vitali Rodionov and Edgar Olekhnovich. Chedjou’s drove home a consolation goal. A disappointing match for Lille’s fans that wasn’t the start Rudi Garcia had hoped for.

FC Bayern München claimed a narrow 2-1 win against Valencia CF. Last season Champions League runners-up, Bayern Munich opened the scoring in the 38th minute via Bastian Schweinsteiger. Toni Kroos scored a second and secured three points for the Bavarians. A drama began to unfold in the dying minutes. After Nelson Valdez’s late header, Rami was given a second yellow card for a foul on Robben and Alves saved a penalty from Mario Mandzukic.

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