Champions League Europe — 25 October 2012

Last night was an awful night for the English sides in the Champions League.

Premier League champions Manchester City suffered a 3-1 defeat at Eredivisie champions Ajax.

City took the lead in the 22nd minute, as French midfield Samir Nasri curled home a superb effort from James Milner’s pass.

Ajax equalised just before the interval though, as Siem de Jong fired low past Joe Hart in the City goal from Ricardo van Rhijn’s cross. The home side got their noses in front on 57 minutes, defender Niklas Moisander heading the home side in front from Christian Eriksen’s set piece.

Eriksen scored Ajax’s third he ran at the City defence, before firing a shot towards goal which took a deflection off City defender Gael Clichy and it found a way past Joe Hart in the City goal. The defeat leaves City with just one point from three Champions League games this season.

The Premier League’s other representative Arsenal suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Schalke. The Bundesliga side deserved the victory. Dutch international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring in the 76th minute.

Ten minutes later midfielder Ibrahim Afellay found an empty net from Jefferson Farfan’s cross. The win took the German side to the top of the group.

There was another surprise result in Dortmund as the German champions defeated Real Madrid 2-1. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski gave the home side the lead in the 36th minute. Just two minutes later Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo beat the offside trap and lobbed the ball over the out coming Roman Weidenfeller into an empty net.

Dortmund were back in front in the 64th minute. Real keeper Iker Casillas punched the ball clear only for full-back Marcel Schmelzer to fire home. The Spanish champions pushed for an equaliser, but couldn’t find a leveller.

Other Champions League results

Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Paris Saint Germain

Porto 3-2 Dynamo Kiev

Montpellier 1-2 Olympiakos

Zenit 1-0 Anderlecht

Malaga 1-0 AC Milan

Which result on Wednesday night was the most surprising?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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