All four of the Bundesliga sides in the Champions League moved nearer to qualification after wins across the board this week.
Bayern Munich began proceedings with a devastating 7-1 win over Roma in the Italian capital – a result that many Roma fans thought they were never see again after losing by the same result to Manchester United in 2007.
This marked Bayern’s biggest win away from home in the European Cup and they scored five of their seven goals in the opening 35 minutes.
Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Frank Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri all netted for Bayern as the German champions stayed top of their group – five points clear of their nearest challengers.
Di Matteo makes a winning return
Roberto Di Matteo took charge of his first game with Schalke in the Champions League – two years on from his last Champions League appearance with Chelsea who are coincidentally in the same group. There was a lot of goals in this game too as they came out on top in a seven goal thriller against Sporting Lisbon, 4-3.
Di Matteo famously won the competition with his ex-Premier League outfit during his initial temporary charge as he accomplished something the Special One failed to do during his first term. They remain unbeaten after three games with five points and they are two points behind Chelsea who they will play on November 25.
The strange case of Borussia Dortmund
Whist Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to falter in the Bundesliga last weekend with a 1-1 draw with 1. FC Köln, Dortmund kept up their 100% record in the Champions League with a 4-0 win away at Galatasaray AS.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace in the opening 18 minutes before Marco Reus and Adrian Ramos added to the goals later on.
This win keeps Dortmund top of their group which contains Arsenal and they know that one more win will secure their place into the next round of the competition.
This impressive display adds to the mystery regarding Dortmund’s season as they currently sit 15th with five defeats from the first eight games in the league, yet they’ve had no troubles on their travels to Turkey and Belgium of late.
Leverkusen take the lead
Arguably Roger Schmidt’s side have the hardest group of them all but their 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg saw them go top of their group. Bayer Leverkusen moved up to six points with AS Monaco edging just behind on five points.
The Russian side are just a couple of points adrift but it has been a terrible campaign so far for Benfica who were considered to be the favourites in this group. They have picked up just one point.
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