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UCL Rewind: Olympiacos hands Arsenal second defeat; Porto upsets Chelsea; and more

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By COLE KELLOGG

After stomaching a tough opening loss at Dinamo Zagreb two weeks back, Arsenal fans would have been hoping for a statement performance against Olympiakos in London on Tuesday evening.

That performance didn’t come, though, as Arsene Wenger’s men lost their second consecutive UEFA Champions League game 3-2 at home.

The Gunners went down in the 33rd minute when an Olympiakos corner resulted in an own goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Theo Walcott equalized for the home team just two minutes later, finishing off a ball from Alexis Sanchez.

Olympiakos regained the lead in the 40th minute, when Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina pushed the ball to the ground and on the wrong side of the goal line from a corner kick. Alexis Sanchez equalized in the 65th minute, though, heading home a cross from Walcott.

The winner came for the Greek visitors just a minute after, when Alfred Finnbogason tapped home a ball from deep by Felipe Pardo.

Here is a closer look at Tuesday’s UCL results:

CHELSEA LOSE IN PORTO 

After seemingly putting their English Premier League troubles to bed with a dominant victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv two weeks ago, Chelsea was stunned, 2-1, on the road to FC Porto Tuesday evening.

Porto took the lead in the 39th minute, Andre Andre put home the rebound after Yacine Brahimi’s powerful shot on Asmir Begovic.

Chelsea equalized through a brilliant Willian free kick on the stroke of halftime, with the referee blowing the whistle as soon as the ball was in the net.

The Portuguese side was out for blood, though, and regained their lead in the 52nd minute. Maicon put a skillful header past Begovic off a corner kick for the go-ahead goal.

BAYERN THUMP ZAGREB AS LEWANDOWSKI GRABS HAT TRICK

Robert Lewandowski finished off an absolutely insane week of goal-scoring by putting away a hat trick as Bayern Munich defeated Dinamo Zagreb, 5-0, at home on Tuesday.

The German striker took his tally to 10 goals in his last three matches with his goals against Zagreb.

Summer signing Douglas Costa got the scoring started in the 13th minute, smashing in a low near-post shot past the Dinamo goalkeeper. Lewandowski grabbed his first just eight minutes later, tapping in a cross from Thiago Alcantara. Mario Gotze put in a third for Bayern in the 25th minute.

Lewandowski scored his second and his team’s fourth in the 28th minute, smashing a header off of the crossbar and in off of a corner from Costa.

The final goal came for Lewandowski in the 55th minute, when the Polish striker chipped in a goal over a helpless Zagreb goalkeeper.

Here are the result’s of Tuesday’s other matches:

Barcelona 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-2 Dynamo Kiev

BATE Borisov 3-2 AS Roma

Lyon 0-1 Valencia

Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 KAA Gent

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What do you think of today’s shocking results? What are Arsenal’s chances of advancing? Can Chelsea get it together? Is Lewandowski the best striker in the world right now?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Why is a Chelsea loss, or the loss of any other Premier League side in Europe, an upset?

    Stop the brainwashing that the PL is the best league in the world-it’s a second rate league full of mediocre players and coaches. Bundesliga, La Liga, even Seria A all have better quality top to bottom at the moment.

    The PL has only two exciting players at the moment-David Silva and Aguero…and not a single English player is able to light up the league at this time…it’s a sad state of affairs.

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    • yeah, people may have thought it was an upset due to the differences in leagues, but porto is a very good team, and very strong at home. combined with chelsea’s poor form, the performance and result shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

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  2. Arsenal should be ashamed of themselves. They were sleep walking through large portions of the game and only woke up after they fell behind. EPL teams not looking good, again!

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      • So Robbie Keane is an American player? Didier Drogba is a Canadian player? Your comment is silly. No one was trolling, and Lewandowski is Polish.

      • He didn’t say player. He said “striker.” He plays the striker position in a German league. Your comment is silly, troll monster.

      • then the post should’ve said “bundesliga striker”; he’s not a “german striker” in any way; it was obviously just an oversight by the author, and it’s odd that you’re trying to defend it.

      • It is mind boggling that anyone would see wowzer’s and keith’s formulation as correct. We’re literally scraping the bottom of the stupidity barrel here. Come on, people.

      • Agreed…this blog is fraught with typos and has been for as long as I have visited. I mean, how in the world does the following make any sense?

        “After seemingly putting their English Premier League troubles to bed with a dominant victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv two weeks ago”

        Whuh?

  3. I’m a Chelsea fan. Their loss is not good. They aren’t playing very well at the moment. MLS is not a good league and our best players should be playing abroad

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