Ancelotti’s Bayern taste first de­feat

●Six-goal drama at Celtic Park ●Come from be­hind win for Barca ●Good wins for Napoli and Arse­nal

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Bayern Mu­nich's strug­gles in Spain con­tin­ued yesterday with a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Bayern's de­feat at the Vi­cente Calderon Sta­dium af­ter a first-half strike by mid­fielder Yan­nick Car­rasco made it an­other frus­trat­ing night for the Ger­man cham­pi­ons against Span­ish clubs.

Bayern's last three trips to Spain had ended in elim­i­na­tion in the semi­fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League — against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico last sea­son. The Ger­man club failed to score on all three oc­ca­sions.

Theo Wal­cott's first-half goals and Alexis Sanchez's bound­less en­ergy helped Arse­nal to a straight­for­ward 2-0 win over Basel in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Wal­cott opened the scor­ing in the sev­enth minute when a long ball over the top found Sanchez, who ran down the left be­fore cross­ing into the box. An un­marked Wal­cott darted be­hind the de­fense to power a header be­yond the reach of Basel goal­keeper To­mas Va­clik.

Wal­cott's sec­ond goal came from a clin­i­cal one-two with Sanchez, whose back was to goal when he re­leased the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional with a flicked pass. Wal­cott ri­fled home the re­turn ball off the post in the 26th.

Barcelona over­came the ab­sence of Lionel Messi to come from be­hind and beat Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach 2-1 in the Cham­pi­ons League yesterday.

Ger­ard Pi­quet stabbed home the win­ning goal in the 74th minute af­ter a cor­ner from Ney­mar was volleyed by Luis Suarez. Moenchenglad­bach goal­keeper Yann Som­mer spilled the shot and the Barcelona de­fender hus­tled to nod it home.

Ney­mar cre­ated Barcelona's equal­izer with a through­ball for sub­sti­tute Arda Tu­ran, who drilled it into the roof of the net in the 65th, five min­utes af­ter com­ing on for Ivan Rakitic.

Moenchenglad­bach could not hold onto the lead it got in the 34th. Mah­moud Da­houd and Raf­fael dou­ble-teamed to put Ser­gio Bus­quets un­der pres­sure and win the ball. Raf­fael car­ried it for­ward and then fed Da­houd on the left. His per­fectly timed pass found Hazard open to slot home from close range.

Sub­sti­tute Vik­tor Tsy­gankov scored a sec­ond-half goal for Dy­namo Kiev to sal­vage a 1-1 draw at Be­sik­tas.The 18-year-old mid­fielder was at the far post in the 65th minute to meet a free kick from An­driy Yar­molenko and net just three min­utes af­ter he came off the bench. His goal de­nied Be­sik­tas a vic­to­ri­ous home re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League af­ter a sev­enyear ab­sence.

Por­tu­gal for­ward Ri­cardo Quaresma put the hosts ahead with a per­fectly ex­e­cuted free kick from 22 me­ters in the 29th minute, giv­ing goal­keeper Ar­tur Rudko no chance to save in his Cham­pi­ons League de­but.

Manch­ester City came from be­hind three times to draw 3-3 at Celtic in a Cham­pi­ons League thriller on Wed­nes­day that ended the English team's 100 per­cent start to the sea­son un­der new coach Pep Guardi­ola.

City's win­ning run stopped at 10 games — one short of match­ing the English record — and Guardi­ola will be re­lieved at earn­ing a point af­ter his team's dread­ful de­fen­sive dis­play at Park­head.

Fer­nand­inho and Ra­heem Ster­ling scored equal­iz­ers for City in an ac­tion-packed first half af­ter Celtic went twice ahead through Moussa Dem­bele, in the third minute, and a Ster­ling own goal in the 20th.

Dem­bele re­stored Celtic's lead barely a minute into the sec­ond half af­ter Alek­san­dar Ko­larov's de­fen­sive er­ror, only for Nolito to equal­ize for City in the 55th.

Not miss­ing Gon­zalo Higuain in the least, Napoli tight­ened its grip on Group B of the Cham­pi­ons League with a con­vinc­ing 4-2 win over Ben­fica.

Cap­tain Marek Ham­sik opened the scor­ing with a header af­ter 20 min­utes, and Napoli opened the flood­gates early in the sec­ond half with three goals — two of them from Dries Mertens — in the space of seven min­utes.

Mertens scored his first with a beau­ti­ful free kick that floated over Ben­fica's wall be­fore dip­ping down into the net. Arka­diusz Mi­lik, the 22-year-old Poland cen­ter for­ward brought in to re­place Higuain, con­verted a penalty be­fore Mertens added an­other from close range af­ter goal­keeper Julio Ce­sar made a mis­cal­cu­la­tion.

Sub­sti­tutes Goncalo Guedes and Ed­uardo Salvio scored late for Ben­fica.

Atletico’s Koke and Bayern’s Kim­mich

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