Champions League Europe — 24 October 2012

Tuesday night was a busy one in the Champions League. Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Champions League holders Chelsea 2-1 at the Donbass Arena.

Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira slotted home after just three minutes to give the home side a flying start.

It got even worse for Chelsea in the 52nd minute as Adriano’s past found compatriot Fernandinho, who fired past Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal. The theme of Brazilians scoring continued with Oscar netting a goal for the visitors in the 88th minute.

However the goal proved little more than a consolation, as Shakhtar claimed a vital victory in their quest to reach the knockout stages.

That quest could be made easier by the stuttering form of group rivals Juventus. The Bianconeri could only draw 1-1 with Danish champions Nordsjaelland, who are considered one of the weakest teams in the competition.

Striker Mikkel Beckmann opened the scoring on 50 minutes with a decent free-kick. It was the Danish sides first ever goal in the Champions League. Nordsjaelland looked set for their first ever victory in the Champions League as well, but Juve spoilt their party in the 81st minute.

Mauricio Isla fired in a cross and striker Mirko Vucinic volleyed home from close-range. The draw leaves Juve with just three points from their opening three games.

Barcelona defeated Scottish giants Celtic 2-1 at the Nou Camp, but it took an injury-time winner to secure the points. The visitors took a shock lead in the 18th minute through a header from Georgios Samaras.

As always the home side looked dangerous going forward and equalised just before the break. Spanish international Andres Iniesta fired home after a one-two with Xavi. Celtic held firm for much of the second half and looked like taking home a deserved point.

That was until the 94th minute. Adriano’s superb cross was met by full-back Jordi Alba, who slid the ball past the helpless Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal.

Other Champions League results

Spartak Moscow 2-1 Benfica

Bate Borisov 0-3 Valencia

Lille 0-1 Bayern Munich

Galatasaray 1-1 Cluj

Manchester United 3-2 Braga

Was Shakhtar Donetsk beating Chelsea a massive shock?


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