It was another mixed midweek for La Liga in the UEFA Champions League, with two wins and two defeats. Here’s a quick recap of what happened.
Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s men conceded goals for the first time this season and were also unprecedentedly on the wrong end of the scoreline.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen made his debut between the sticks for Barca but after just 10 minutes, he did what Claudio Bravo hasn’t done in seven matches so far and conceded when David Luiz fired home.
Within 60 seconds Lionel Messi had equalised before Marco Verratti restored the hosts’ lead midway through the half.
Blaise Matuidi made it three nine minutes after the break before Neymar responded almost immediately, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the La Liga leaders from their first defeat of the campaign – leaving them second in Group F.
BATE Borisov 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao’s poor start to the season continued with a surprise defeat in Belarus.
The hosts were thumped 6-0 at FC Porto last time out but goals from Dzyanis Palyakow and Aleksander Karnitskiy put them 2-0 up inside 41 minutes.
Aritz Aduriz pulled one back for Ernesto Valverde’s men before the break but it wasn’t enough for the Basque Country club who are now rooted to the bottom of Group H.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Atletico came out on top with a typically hard-fought victory in the battle between the Spanish and Italian champions at Vicente Calderon.
Last season’s finalists are always so dangerous from crosses and set-pieces and they proved so once again 15 minutes from time. Juanfran’s ball in from the right was volleyed home by Arda Turan for what proved to be the winning goal.
It was just the response Diego Simeone’s men after their shock defeat at Greek side Olympiacos last time out, and they move up to second with just a single goal keeping them behind Juve in Group A.
Ludogorets 1-2 Real Madrid
The defending champions suffered an early scare in Bulgaria against the competition’s debutants, before eventually sealing the three points late on.
Some poor marking from a corner allowed Marcelinho to ghost in behind Alvaro Arbeloa at the far post to head home after just seven minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo then had a penalty brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov, before having the ball in the net only to be ruled out for offside.
He did get on the scoresheet though after a second penalty was awarded on 24 minutes, before substitute Karim Benzema headed in the winner 13 minutes from time – giving Real a three-point lead at the top of Group B.
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