UCL Recap: Bayern dominate Roma, Adriano nets five, more


Staff Writer

Bayern Munich put on an absolute clinic against Roma. They dismantled the home side at the Stadio Olimpico.

While the Germans had won both previous Champions League games by a goal, they finally broke the dam with a massive 7-1 score line.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the ninth minute after cutting in from the left and curling his effort into the far corner. Mario Gotze doubled the lead in the 23rd minute after finishing off a back-heeled pass from Thomas Muller and the advantage was three just two minutes later as Robert Lewandowski headed home Juan Bernat‘s cross.

The Germans were absolutely relentless. Robben scored his second of the game in the 30th minute. Lewandowski turned provider slotting a ball through the Roma defense. Ashley Cole was slow to react as Robben skipped past him and pushed the lead to four.

The ball was ruled to come off of Kostas Manolas‘s arm as he made a slide tackle and Bayern were awarded a penalty that Muller tucked away in the 36th minute.

Roma would be able to pull one back in the 66th minute through Gervinho. He headed in Radja Nainggolan’s cross.

That would be the only Roma joy as they’d concede twice more before the final whistle blew.

Franck Ribery scored ten minutes after subbing into the game with his 78th minute finish. Robben picked out the Frenchman’s run and Ribery then chipped goalkeeper Morgan De SanctisXherdan Shaqiri completed the mauling two minutes later following up Rafinha‘s shot that was spilled by De Sanctis and fired into the roof of the net.

Other Champions League Results

1. Luiz Adriano scores five for Shakhtar– Shakthar Donetsk completely outclassed BATE, scoring seven times. Luiz Adriano found the net five of those times to equal Lionel Messi‘s record.

Alex Teixera opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but it was pretty much Adriano from there. He scored his first from the spot in the 28th minute after Teixera was fouled by goalkeeper Sergei Chernik as he tried to round the keeper in similar fashion to his goal.

Douglas Costa added a goal of his own in the 35th minute before Adriano would net four consecutive times. His second of the match came a minute later. He completed the hat-trick before halftime, with his third coming in the 40th minute. A ball played into the box by Shakthar was deflected by Nemanja Tubic and Adriano reacted to score from close-range.

However, he wasn’t done in the first half alone. He added a fourth four minutes later to become the first player to score in the first 45 minutes in a Champions League game. He tapped in unmarked from a Vyacheslav Shevchuk delivery.

He then converted for a second time from the spot in the 82nd minute to complete the five goal haul and complete a truly special day.

2. Real Madrid too strong for Liverpool– Three first half goals was enough to seal an easy victory for Real Madrid at Anfield.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved into second all-time on the Champions League scoring charts with his 70th goal in the competition. He scored the opener for the visitors in the 23rd minute after a pass over the backline from James Rodriguez. It was Ronaldo’s first goal at Anfield as well.

Karim Benzema then scored twice in 11 minutes to ease Madrid to the win. Liverpool failed to clear their lines and Toni Kroos sent in a cross that was nodded in by the Frenchman to double the advantage in the 30th minute.

The Reds’ defending was poor again as they didn’t deal with a corner that Pepe chested into Benzema for the finish.

Mario Balotelli, who had a poor half, drew ire after exchanging jerseys with Pepe before reaching the tunnel.

However, there are more worrying signs for Liverpool as they’ve looked out of place thus far in the competition.

3. Arsenal poor, but fightback at the death-It was by no means a vintage performance from Arsenal. Instead, it was incredibly poor from the Gunners.

However, they were able to pull off a smash and grab victory over Anderlecht.

Lukas Podolski scored amid a scramble in the box in the first minute of second half stoppage time. Kieran Gibbs scored on a fantastic volley two minutes prior from a Calum Chambers cross.

Anderlecht had taken the lead through Andy Najar in the 71st minute. Dennis Praet picked out Najar, who peeled off at the back post and headed in unmarked.

Anderlecht grew in confidence from there, but as they’ve done in the two previous games, they conceded late goals.

4.  City stumblers– Manchester City looked set to earn their first win in the Champions League this year. However, they were undone by a late goal once again.

Sergio Aguero put the visitors ahead in the 29th minute and James Milner doubled the advantage nine minutes later. Aguero played provider as it was his cross that Milner turned into the back of the net.

However, the wheels would fall off. Seydou Doumbia pulled one back in the 65th minute. Aleksandar Kolarov took down Doumbia to set up an 86th minute penalty for Bibras Nathko. He fired into the top corner and kept City, who have dropped points in all three games, due to goals coming late in them.

5. First Ludogorets win– In their first time at the group stages in the Champions League, Ludogorets pushed both Liverpool and Real Madrid to their limits despite losing. Now they can say they’ve won, defeating FC Basel 1-0.

The visitors went down a man in the 18th minute when Geoffroy Serey Die was shown a straight red for a foul on Cosmin Moti. However, it appeared they would still hold out for at least a point in Bulgaria.

However, the little engine that could finally found their breakthrough. Yordan Minev found a winner in the 92nd minute. His shot from 22 yards out found the back of the net while goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik was rooted to the spot.

6. And the rest– Olympiacos put themselves in control of their own destiny after securing another home Champions League win. This time they defeated Juventus 1-0.

The home side took the lead in the 36th minute through Patjim KasamiKostas Mitroglou could have went for goal himself, but instead picked out Kasami, who fired past Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus pressed for the equalizer and created the better scoring opportunities, but time and again goalkeeper Roberto made crucial saves for Olympiacos.

Borussia Dortmund may not be playing well in the Bundesliga, but they have had no problems in the Champions League so far. They’ve won all three games and sit atop Group D.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a tap-in after a fine pass from Marco Reus. Aubameyang would double the lead inside twenty minutes. He was left unmarked and fired home Lukasz Piszczek‘s cross.

Reus then scored a goal of his own four minutes from the halftime whistle. Itwas a superb curling effort with his right foot from 30 yards out that beat Fernando Muslera.

The fourth goal came less than a minute after Adrian Ramos was introduced. He beat Muslera at the near post after he was released into the box by Ilkay Gundogan in the 83rd minute.

In a Group A that was log-jammed before, Atletico Madrid went on top of the group by way of their goal differential. They put five past Malmo.

Atleti continued their strong run of form at the Vicente Calderon and dominated their Swedish opponents in the second half when all five goals were scored.

Koke opened the scoring in the 48th minute and then it was his passing ability that proved to be more crucial. He picked out Mario Mandzukic with a low cross for the forward to finish in the 61st minute then slotting Antoine Griezmann a ball that the Frenchman scored after a deflection off goalkeeper Robin Olsen. A third assist was provided by Koke when Diego Godin headed in his corner in the 87th minute.

Alessio Cerci added a fourth goal in the 93rd minute when his initial shot came back off the post as the rebound fell to him and he fired home.

It was record win for Chelsea as they hammered Maribor 6-0 for their largest ever Champions League win. Didier Drogba scored his first goal since re-joining the Blues from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute. Loic Remy gave Chelsea the lead 10 minutes prior.

John Terry found the back of the net in the 31st minute and a Mitja Viler own goal pushed the lead to 4-0. Eden Hazard then scored two goals late – one in the 77th minute and the other in the 90th – to seal the record win.

Barcelona were on target three times to defeat Ajax. Neymar opened the scoring for the Catalan side in the seventh minute and the lead was doubled in the 24th with a strike from Lionel Messi.

Ajax cut the deficit late at the Camp Nou in the 88th minute through Anwar El Ghazi. However, the two goal advantage was returned when Sandro Ramirez scored four minutes into stoppage time.

Schalke stole all three points late to stay in second place in Group G after a 4-3 win over Sporting Lisbon.

Nani gave Sporting the lead in the 16th minute, but Schalke roared back with three goals. They took advantage of Mauricio‘s second yellow card in the 33th minute. Chinedu Obasi equalized a minute later.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar scored in the 51st minute and Benedikt Howedes pushed Schalke’s advantage to two goals.

It was Sproting’s time to come back with Adrien SIlva converting from the spot in the 64th minute and then pulling the game level at 3 in the 78th minute. However, Schalke won with a penalty kick of their own in the 93rd minute Eric Mxim Chupo-Moting converting from the spot.

Bayer Leverkausen took control of Group C with a 2-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg. Giulio Donati opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Hakan Calhanoglu laid the ball in the right back’s path and he rifled a shot that goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin could get fingertips, but could not keep it out of the back of the net.

The lead was increased five minutes later. Calhanoglu was involved again as it was his free-kick that was nodded home by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

Leverkausen were reduced to 10 men when Wendell was shown a second yellow card, but it didn’t hamper the home side from getting the clean sheet and an important victory.

Porto scored in either half to keep atop Group H while Athletic Bilbao continues to struggle in the competition in the bottom spot.

Hector Herrera scored just before halftime to give Porto the lead. However, Bilbao would equalize in the 58th minute through Guillermo Fernandez. However, Ricardo Quaresma intervened with an important goal four minutes after coming in. He drove in from the left and fired past Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz for the winner.

While it was nowhere near a great performance from Paris St.Germain, they’ll take it. They were able to find a goal for the win and remain atop Group F. Edinson Cavani scored the game’s only goal in the 87th minute. The APOEL defense probably should have done better, but Cavani twisted and turned and his low strike found the back of the net.

Benfica and Monaco played to a scoreless draw. It was the first point for the Portuguese side in Group C. Monaco, who had been atop the group no drops into second by way Bayer Leverkauses leapfrogging them with the German club’s win.