Ancelotti’s Bayern taste first defeat
●Six-goal drama at Celtic Park ●Come from behind win for Barca ●Good wins for Napoli and Arsenal
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