Liverpool & Arsenal fail in Champions League

Benzema was the difference at the Bernabeu (©GettyImages)

European champions Real Madrid secured all three points against Liverpool in Group B on a dramatic night of Champions League football. 

French striker Karim Benzema was the difference in Madrid as a much changed Liverpool side put up a great effort against Carlo Ancelotti's team. As Brendan Rodgers rested the likes of Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli and Co., the likes of Adam Lallana and Kolo Toure gave him something to think about ahead of this weekend's showdown with Premier League table-toppers Chelsea. 

The other game in Liverpool's group, meanwhile, saw FC Basel ease to victory over Ludogorets Razgrad, as they found the net on four occasions without reply. 

Arsenal blow it 

There was as many as 11 goals in Group D as Arsenal were stunned at the Emirates after blowing a 3-0 lead against Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

The Gunners looked on course to qualify for the Round of 16 as Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put them in cruise control, but Anderlecht hit three goals in the final 30 minutes in a remarkable comeback. Anthony Vanden Borre hit a brace to give his side a chance, with Aleksandar Mitrovic equalising in the very final minute to shock the Emirates.

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Dortmund shine in Europe 

Borussia Dortmund, despite their domestic problems, produced another great European performance as they beat Turkish outfit Galatasaray 4-1 on home soil. Dortmund have now secured their place in the next round of the competition after securing four wins out of four. 

In the early game, German outfit Bayer Leverkusen secured an impressive 2-1 win at Zenit, as Son Heung-min hit a double for the German outfit. In the other game in Group C, Benfica left it late against French outfit Monaco as Souza Conceição hit the winner with just eight minutes remaining. 

Pogba does it again 

In Group A, meanwhile, there was a great game in Turin as Juventus edged out Olympiakos by three goals to two. It was former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba who ultimately stole the show  as hit the winner with an edge of the box strike. 

The other game saw Atletico Madrid strike in each half as they picked up a 2-0 win at Malmo. Koke's opener may well go down as the goal of the night, whilst Raúl García secured the points with 12 minutes remaining to leave the Spanish outfit in control of the group. 

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