Four sides through to fi­nal 16

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER City got their re­venge on Barcelona as Ilkay Gun­do­gan scored twice in a 3-1 win in the Cham­pi­ons League on Novem­ber 1, while Ar­se­nal were one of four sides to se­cure progress to the last 16.

Pep Guardi­ola’s side had lost 4-0 away in Barcelona two weeks ago but they showed tremen­dous char­ac­ter to come from a goal down and beat the Span­ish cham­pi­ons 3-1 at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

The in­evitable Lionel Messi put the vis­i­tors in front at the end of a stun­ning break­away with his 90th Cham­pi­ons League goal.

How­ever, City pounced on a Sergi Roberto mis­take as Ra­heem Ster­ling set up Gun­do­gan to equalise six min­utes be­fore half-time.

A Kevin De Bruyne free-kick gave City the lead six min­utes into the sec­ond half and, al­though An­dre Gomes rat­tled the bar for the vis­i­tors, the Premier League side were on top and they se­cured the vic­tory thanks to Ger­many mid­fielder Gun­do­gan’s sec­ond of the night.

“To­day is a good step. We play against a great team and we com­pete. Now they will re­alise, ‘Wow, we won against the best team,’” said Guardi­ola.

Barcelona re­main top of Group C and need only draw away to Celtic in their next game to progress, while City now know a win away to Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach next time out will take them through.

“It’s a shame that af­ter the er­ror we made for the first goal, from then on we had a bad time,” said Barcelona coach Luis En­rique.

In Ger­many, Celtic kept their hopes of at least snatch­ing third place and a Europa League spot alive as they came from be­hind to draw 1-1 with Glad­bach at Borus­sia-Park.

Lars Stindl put the hosts ahead in the first half but Moussa Dem­bele lev­elled from the spot on 76 min­utes with a penalty af­ter he had been fouled by Ju­lian Korb, who was sent off.

Me­sut Ozil scored a stun­ning win­ner as Ar­se­nal fought back from two goals down to beat Lu­do­gorets 3-2 in Sofia and se­cure their place in the last 16 for the 17th sea­son in suc­ces­sion.

Jonathan Cafu put the Bul­gar­ian cham­pi­ons ahead and then set up Claudiu Ke­seru to make it 2-0 to Lu­do­gorets in­side quar­ter of an hour.

How­ever, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud scored to haul the Gun­ners back level be­fore the break, be­fore Ozil’s fine solo ef­fort won it two min­utes from time.

The Ger­man ran through, chipped goal­keeper Mi­lan Bor­jan and cut in­side two de­fend­ers be­fore slot­ting in from close range.

PSG, Atletico, Bay­ern through Arsene Wenger’s side are through from Group A with two games to spare, as are Paris Saint-Ger­main, who won 2-1 away to Basel in Switzer­land with a dra­matic late win­ner of their own.

Blaise Ma­tu­idi’s opener for the French cham­pi­ons was can­celled out when a Luca Zuffi cross sailed in, but Thomas Me­u­nier volleyed in a stun­ning goal to win it at the death.

Last sea­son’s run­ners-up Atletico Madrid and Ger­man cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich also qual­i­fied for the last 16 on Novem­ber 1 from Group D.

Atletico still have max­i­mum points af­ter An­toine Griez­mann’s stop­page­time goal se­cured a 2-1 vic­tory over Ros­tov at the Vi­cente Calderon.

France star Griez­mann had put Atletico ahead on 28 min­utes but Ros­tov looked set to es­cape with a point af­ter Ira­nian Sar­dar Az­moun equalised.

Bay­ern came from be­hind to beat PSV Eind­hoven 2-1 at the Philips Sta­dion af­ter San­ti­ago Arias put the Dutch cham­pi­ons in front early on.

Robert Le­wandowski got both goals for Bay­ern, the first from a penalty, and also hit the wood­work three times for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. –

Pho­tos: AFP

Manch­ester City’s Ger­man mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan (right) cel­e­brates scor­ing his team’s third goal dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group C foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester City and Barcelona.

Ar­se­nal’s mid­fielder Me­sut Ozil (sec­ond from right) kicks the ball to score dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League Group A foot­ball match be­tween PFC Lu­do­gorets and Ar­se­nal on Novem­ber 1.

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