Champions League Results: Analysis for Real Madrid-Juventus & Wednesday's Games
The second half of Champions League Matchday 3 was completed on Wednesday, with a number of key clashes being played out across Europe.
The biggest match of the night saw Juventus travel to Spain to take on Real Madrid, but elsewhere clubs of the stature of Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Manchester United were all in action as they endeavoured to improve their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the competition.
So click on for the results and salient details from all Wednesday's matches.
Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus: Ronaldo at the Double as Home Side Edge Encounter
Real Madrid edged a controversial and dramatic Group B encounter with Juventus on Wednesday, putting them in firm control of the group heading into the second half of the group stages.
Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, the second of which came from the penalty spot, saw Madrid to the three points—rendering Fernando Llorente's first-half equaliser little more than a temporary road block.
But there was plenty of drama in the contest, with Giorgio Chiellini being dubiously dismissed in the 48th minute for putting an arm across Ronaldo's face—before a bizarre incident involving Arturo Vidal in the Real Madrid penalty area.
Ronaldo opened the scoring after just four minutes, rounding Gianluigi Buffon before clipping home from a tight angle. But Juventus roared back, with Llorente soon bundling home after Paul Pogba had nearly beaten Iker Casillas with a far post header.
Parity lasted just a further six minutes, however, before Chiellini was penalised for pulling down Sergio Ramos in the box as he tried to get on the end of a free-kick.
Ronaldo duly found the top corner, in what turned out to be the winning goal.
The second half saw more drama, with Chiellini harshly dismissed for his clash with Ronaldo. Yet despite that setback Juventus continued to push, albeit without finding an equalising goal.
Real now control Group B with nine points, while Juventus slip to third with just two points acquired from their three games so far.
On target: 4-5
Pass completion: 92-86
Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad: Early Own Goal Gives Moyes Key Three Points
David Moyes saw his Manchester United side get a key 1-0 win against Real Sociedad thanks to a second minute own goal.
With Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj, Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Vidic all left out of the team for a variety of reasons, Moyes saw Inigo Martinez bundle into his own net inside the first 90 seconds to allow United to edge into the driving seat in Group A.
United are now top of the standings with seven points, one clear of Bayer Leverkusen and three ahead of Sociedad—who they will visit in Spain on Matchday 4.
As for the game at Old Trafford, United dominated for large swathes of the match—with Antonio Valencia clattering a low drive off the far post midway through the second half.
Sociedad struggled to make an impact but did occasionally threaten to steal a point that would have changed the face of the tie, with Antoine Griezmann's free-kick pinging off the post as the Spanish side ultimately slumped to defeat.
Afterwards, Moyes said:
On target: 5-1
Pass completion: 82-71
CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero Brace Overshadowed by Ugly Chants
Two goals from Sergio Aguero saw Manchester City come from behind to defeat CSKA Moscow in the day's early kick-off, although the game was marred by racist chanting directed at Yaya Toure.
Aguero showed a clinical touch in front of goal to notch twice before half-time, cancelling out Zoran Tosic's opening strike.
City continued to prosper in the second half, with Alvaro Negredo and David Silva both spurning great chances. But it required a spectacular last minute save from Joe Hart to ensure Manuel Pellegrini's side went back with all three points.
City sit second in Group D after the win, but the focus after the match was on some of the chanting—with UEFA urged to take action.
I believe in football institutions, I know decision makers will take their responsibilties and show A RED CARD TO RACISM— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) October 23, 2013
On target: 5-9
Pass completion: 77-86
Bayern Munich 5-0 Viktoria Plzen: Germans Cruising Towards Knockout Stages
In the other game in Group D, Bayern Munich demolished Viktoria Plzen 5-0 to leave the reigning champions looking good for the last 16 of the competition.
Plzen put up a strong defence in the early part of the match but, after Franck Ribery (from the penalty spot) and David Alaba had broken the deadlock in the first half, they were increasingly picked apart as the game went on—with Ribery (again), Bastian Schweinsteiger and substitute Mario Gotze ensuring the emphatic scoreline.
Plzen's coach, Pavel Vrba, noted afterwards:
On target: 18-0
Pass completion: 92-67
Anderlecht 0-5 Paris St Germain: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores Another Wonder Goal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals—one of them an early contender for goal of the competition—as Paris St Germain demolished a chastened Anderlecht in Belgium on Wednesday.
A 19-minute hat-trick—the first a tap-in, the second a backheel, the third the long-range stunner you can see below—from Ibrahimovic set PSG on their way in the first half, before Edinson Cavani got in on the act after the break.
Ibrahimovic then finished the scoring with his fourth, a fine volley that found the back of the net off the inside of the far post.
On target: 5-11
Pass completion: 83-92
Galatasaray 3-1 Copenhagen: Drogba & Sneijder Show Their Class
Galatasaray are firmly in contention to qualify from Group B after they easily despatched Danish side Copenhagen 3-1.
Goals from Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba ensured Roberto Mancini's side won the game in Istanbul, with Claudemir's 88th minute finish little more than a consolation for the visitors.
The Turkish side currently sit second in the standings with four points, but will know they really need to beat Copenhagen in the return meeting with meetings with Real Madrid and Juventus then waiting.
On target: 6-2
Pass completion: 88-83
Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: German Side Get Critical Three Points
Elsewhere in Group A, Bayer Leverkusen look well positioned for the second qualifying spot after running riot against Shakhtar Donetsk, eventually winning 4-0.
Star striker Stefan Kiessling opened and closed the scoring, with Simon Rolfes (from the penalty spot) and Sidney Sam getting the other two strikes as the Ukrainian side seemed to fall apart after a reasonable start.
On target: 5-2
Pass completion: 86-86
Benfica 1-1 Olympiakos: Home Side Steal Point in Waterlogged Conditions
Oscar Cardozo grabbed a controversial equaliser with less than ten minutes remaining as Benfica claimed a 1-1 home draw with Olympiakos in treacherous conditions.
Alejandro Dominguez's clinical 29th-minute finish looked like giving the Greek visitors all three points but, after incorrectly being awarded a penalty, Benfica grabbed a late equaliser as Cardozo found himself in the right place to bundle home.
That ensures the two sides remain locked together on four points apiece in Group C, with PSG the runaway leaders.
There was controversy with the conditions, however, as heavy rain made the pitch look almost unplayable in some places. Nevertheless, the referee never felt the need to end the contest.
Afterwards Olympiakos coach Michel said:
On target: 4-2
Pass completion: 70-70