We got our first upset in the Champions League last night as BATE Borisov stunned in-form Bayern Munich 3-1. Goals Alexander Pavlov and Vitaly Rodionov put the Belarusian champions in charge and although Bayern pulled one back in stoppage time through Franck Ribery, BATE added a third through Renan Bressan to seal their first ever home win in the competition.
The victory means unfancied BATE have now won both their group matches having beaten Lille 3-1 away on match day one, while for Bayern the defeat ends their nine-match winning streak at the start of the season and leaves them on three points in Group F.
Elsewhere in Group Fl Valencia got their Champions League campaign up and running as two goals from Jonas sealed a 2-0 win over Lille.
Champions League holders Chelsea picked up their first win of this year’s competition beating unfancied Nordsjaelland 4-0. The score flattered Chelsea as they only sealed victory with three goals in the last 11 minutes as their Danish opponents ran out of steam.
With the win, Chelsea are now top of their group after Juventus were surprisingly held to a 1-1 home draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.
It was a historic night for Celtic as they picked up their first away win the Champions League as Georgios Samaras’ late header have them a 3-2 Group G victory over 10-man Spartak Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium.
Elsewhere in Group G, Ggoals either side of half-time by Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas helped Barcelona maintain their perfect start to the season after a 2-0 win at Benfica. However, Barca’s injury woes continued when captain Carles Puyol was carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a broken arm.
In Group H, Robin van Persie scored his first Champions League goals for Manchester United, who came from behind to beat CFR Cluj 2-1.
Galatasary were made to pay for poor finishing as a 27th-minute goal from Ruben Micael and a last-gasp effort from Alan gave Braga a smash-and-grab 2-0 win.