Wednesday 23 October 2013
There were mixed fortunes for Barclays Premier League clubs in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night as Chelsea completed a 3-0 win over FC Schalke, while Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund.
Fernando Torres celebrated his 100th match for Chelsea with two goals as the Londoners overcame Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.
"We've got two matches at home so now we are in a good condition to qualify and we’ll try to finish top"
The Spain international headed his side into the lead after five minutes when he dived headlong to send the ball into the roof of the net after Branislav Ivanovic had flicked a corner. Torres crashed another header against the bar when he rose to meet Frank Lampard's corner shortly after half-time but doubled his tally midway through the second period when he finished off a strong run by Oscar. Eden Hazard rounded off the scoring three minutes from time when he raced clear on the counter-attack.
"We've got two matches at home so now we are in a good condition to qualify and we’ll try to finish top," said manager Jose Mourinho, whose side are joint top of Group E with Schalke after collecting six points from three matches. "It's an important victory."
Arsenal remain top of Group F but they still have it all to do as they are level on points with Napoli and Dortmund who edged an away win at Emirates Stadium thanks to a late goal by Robert Lewandowski.
"We put ourselves on the back foot with the first goal and were a bit naive with the second goal"
In a tight, tactical contest in rainswept north London the visitors took the lead after 16 minutes when Lewandowski capitalised on a defensive error to tee up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to wrong-foot Wojciech Szczesny from the edge of the area. Arsenal responded well, with Tomas Rosicky's shot cleared off the line by Mats Hummels before Olivier Giroud equalised from close range when beating Roman Weidenfeller to Bacary Sagna's low centre.
Although Santi Cazorla's rasping 25-yard drive clipped the crossbar it was Dortmund who produced the winner, Lewandowski appearing unmarked at the far post to finish off a smart break from the Bundesliga outfit with eight minutes remaining.
"We put ourselves on the back foot with the first goal and were a bit naive with the second goal," said Wenger, on his 64th birthday. "If you look at the number of saves our goalkeeper had to make, we can only look at ourselves. We were not mature enough.
"If you cannot win a game then don’t lose it. In the second half we were on top but made it difficult by giving them the second goal."
This evening Manchester United and Manchester City are in Champions League action with David Moyes's side, who are joint top of Group A with four points, welcoming Real Sociedad to Old Trafford and Manuel Pellegrini's charges hoping to reduce Bayern Munich's three-point lead at the top of Group D at CSKA Moscow, who like City, have three points from their two matches so far.
Chelsea maintained their perfect start to their inaugural UEFA Youth League campaign with their third consecutive victory in the Under-19 competition featuring clubs from the 32 Champions League participants, as they overcame Schalke 2-0.
"We had to change our game at half-time, to win more second balls, and we did that"
The Blues took the lead through Lewis Baker's 73rd-minute penalty after Sebastian Starke Hedlund had fouled felled Fankaty Dabo and Nathan Ake made sure of the result when he poked the ball home after Janik Schilder spilled Baker's corner. "Schalke pressed us well at the beginning," Chelsea coach Dermot Drummy told UEFA.com. "We usually don't drop that deep, but credit to Schalke. We had to change our game at half-time, to win more second balls, and we did that."
Manchester City and Arsenal are looking to third victories of their own against Dortmund and CSKA today, while Man United hope to clinch a second group win against Real Sociedad at Salford City Stadium.
Tuesday 22 October
Schalke 0-3 Chelsea (Torres 2, Hazard)
Steaua Bucharest 1-1 Basel
Arsenal (Giroud) 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Marseille 1-2 Napoli
Wednesday 23 October
Bayer Leverkusen v Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester United v Real Sociedad
Bayern Munich v Viktoria Plzen
CSKA Moscow v Manchester City
Tuesday 22 October
FC Schalke 0-2 Chelsea (Baker, Ake)
Wednesday 23 October
UEFA Youth League fixtures
Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund, Boreham Wood, 8pm
Manchester United v Real Sociedad, Salford City Stadium, 3pm
CSKA Moscow v Manchester City, Oktyabr Stadium, Moscow, 11am