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The group stage hasn't been shy in providing quality matches.
The group stage is a glorified elimination stage. The best teams in the Champions League eliminate the ones that barely qualified, but that hasn’t lulled soccer fans. There have been a number of matches in this year’s group stage that have provided excitement, drama and a sign of things to come.
A Small Sample of Exciting Matches so far
AC Milan beat Zenit St. Petersburg, 3-2
Milan got goals from Urby Emanuelson and Stephan El Shaarawy to take a 2-0 lead in the 16th minute. Zenit levelled the match in the 48th, but lost on an own goal in the 75th minute.
Celtic beat Spartak Moskva, 3-2
Spartak Moskva controlled the ball the majority of the match and had a 2-1 lead until an own goal in the 70th minute tied the match. Celtic had never won a Champions League match on the road until a header from Georgios Samaras in the 90th minute ended that streak.
Arsenal beat Montpellier, 2-1
Montpellier started the Champions League match with a goal in the eighth minute. The weapon-heavy Arsenal responded with two goals in three minutes to snag a 2-1 lead. Montpellier put 10 chances on goal to Arsenal’s five, including a heavy push in the second half, but Arsenal held on.
Manchester City draws with Dortmund, 1-1
Manchester City looked like it would fall to 0-2, trailing Dortmund 1-0 in the 89th minute. Mario Balotelli bent a penalty kick in to tie the match and give Man City a much-needed point in group play.
If group play is providing this much drama, the rest of the Champions League will be heart-pounding fun for the next few months.