By FRANCO PANIZO
Talk about bouncing back in emphatic fashion.
Chelsea grabbed their first win in the UEFA Champions League group stages and got their campaign back on track on Tuesday by going into Romania and routing Steaua Bucuresti, 4-0. Ramires led the way with a brace while a Frank Lampard strike and an own goal from Daniel Georgievski made up the other two goals for the Blues, who lost now have three points in Group E after losing to FC Basel in their tournament opener.
Barcelona also picked up a victory on the road, but it did not come as easily as Chelsea’s did. It took the Spanish powerhouse 75 minutes to see off a Celtic side that went down to 10 men just before the hour mark, with Cesc Fabregas providing the decisive goal. The Bhoys hung tough for much of the Group H match at Celtic Park, but the red card to Scott Brown in the 59th minute proved too much to overcome against a Barcelona team that now has six points from its first two group stage games.
The other Group H game ended in some drama and controversy, as Mario Balotelli converted a questionable 94th-minute penalty kick to help AC Milan pick up a 1-1 tie against Ajax at Amsterdam ArenA just minutes after the hosts had scored what looked to be the game-winner. Ajax scored in the 90th minute through a Stefano Denswil header, but Milan were able to respond through a Balotelli-drawn penalty kick that some felt was dubious at best.
Here’s a full rundown of Tuesday’s results:
FC Basel 0-1 Schalke 04
Steaua Bucuresti 0-4 Chelsea
Arsenal 2-0 Napoli
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Olympique Marseille
Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0 Austria Vienna
FC Porto 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Ajax 1-1 AC Milan
Celtic 0-1 Barcelona
What do you think of these results? Surprised that Chelsea won by such a large margin on the road? Think Celtic would have pulled out a result had it not been for the red card to Brown?
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