UCL Rewind: Madrid ties Milan, Arsenal falls to Shakhtar and more

UCL Rewind: Madrid ties Milan, Arsenal falls to Shakhtar and more

UEFA Champions League

UCL Rewind: Madrid ties Milan, Arsenal falls to Shakhtar and more

  Pedro Leon

By IAN HOLLIDAY

When Filippo Inzaghi took AC Milan from 1-0 down to a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid in just 10 minutes, it looked like the hosts were destined to claim all three points. A 92nd-minute goal from Pedro Leon changed all that, salvaging a point for Madrid.

The result was probably fair for a Madrid side that outshot its hosts 21-7 and possessed the ball for almost 60 percent of the match. With the draw and Ajax's loss to AJ Auxerre in the other group G match, Real Madrid maintains its five-point lead and has secured passage to the next round.

Wednesday's most surprising result was Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but Dmytro Chygrynskiy drew the hosts level in the 28th before former Arsenal man Eduardo gave Shakhtar the lead just before halftime. For Shakhtar, the loss avenges the 5-1 beatdown suffered at the Emirates in October and draws the club level with Arsenal on 9 points in group H.

In other Champions League action on Wednesday:

Big clubs from around Europe earned comfortable wins over less quality opposition. French champions Marseille earned the most lopsided victory, winning 7-0 at Slovakian club MSK Zilina. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich got a hat-trick from Mario Gomez and a goal from Thomas Muller to down CFR Cluj in Romania. English champions Chelsea also took care of business, defeating Spartak Moscow 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. The wins put both Bayern and Chelsea into the round of 16.

Here is a rundown of all the scores from Wednesday's Champions League action:

GROUP E

CFR Cluj 0, Bayern Munich 4

FC Basel 2, AS Roma 3

GROUP F

Chelsea 4, Spartak Moscow 1

MSK Zilina 0, Marseille 7

GROUP G

AC Milan 2, Real Madrid 2

AJ Auxerre 2, Ajax Amsterdam 1

GROUP H

Partizan Belgrade 0, Braga 1

Shaktar Donetsk 2, Arsenal 1

 

What did you think of today's results? Surprised to see Arsenal lose? Impressed by Marseille, Chelsea, or Bayern? Think the Madrid-Milan result was fair?

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