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UCL Rewind: Arsenal hold off Dortmund; Atleti roll past Olympiacos; and more

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Arsenal broke a three-game winless run in all competitions on Wednesday evening against one of the toughest opponents they’ll see all season.

The English club defeated Borussia Dortmund, 2-0, in the fifth matchday of UEFA Champions League group stage action, moving to within two points of the German side in the group standings. The win was a massive morale boost for the Gunners, who were missing nearly a starting XI worth of talent due to injuries.

Yaya Sanogo, starting in place of both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud, took advantage of his first opportunity and fired home through Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s legs to open the scoring in the second minute.

Alexis Sanchez added Arsenal’s second in the 57th minute, curling home a beauty to put the Gunners up, 2-0. Dortmund weren’t without chances though, as Damian Martinez made a number of saves to keep out the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ciro Immobile, and Adrian Ramos during the match.

Here’s a look at some other Champions League scores from Wednesday:


Olympiacos had no answer for the height and strength of Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatian international bagged a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid routed Olympiacos, 4-0, at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid. The hat-trick was the first this season for Mandzukic and the first for Atleti in their history in the Champions League.

Raul Garcia scored the opener in the ninth minute of the match as Olympiacos goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez played a pass straight to Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran in the box, who fed Garcia in front to re-direct in for a goal.

Mandzukic then went on his tear, tapping home twice on either side of halftime before finishing the route with a well-placed header in the 65th minute.


Liverpool were just three minutes from victory before being forced to settle for a draw.

In the 88th minute in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ludogorets scored the game-tying goal as Georgi Terziev headed home a flicked header off a corner kick. The result eliminated Ludogorets from the competition but even with a draw, Liverpool’s hopes of advancing are still alive.

A mistake from Liverpool in the third minute put Dani Abalo through on goal, where he scored to put the hosts in front. Rickie Lambert though equalized six minutes later and in the 37th minute Jordan Henderson put the Reds ahead after firing home a pass from Raheem Sterling.

Here’s a closer look at Wednesday’s Champions League results:


Atletico Madrid 4-0 Olympiacos

Malmo FF 0-2 Juventus


FC Basel 0-1 Real Madrid

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool


Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 AS Monaco

FC Zenit 1-0 Benfica


Arsenal 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Anderlecht 2-0 Galatasaray


What did you think of Wednesday’s Champions League action? Which result stood out to you?

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