Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool were all in action last night. Below are our reviews of our top 3 group stage games from last night.
1. Real Madrid vs FC Basel - 5-1
The Champions League holders were in action against Basel. Ancelotti put out a strong line-up for the game which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez. Real dominated the match scoring 4 goals with Basel contributing an unfortunate own goal from Suchý. Bale, Ronaldo and Modric seemed to form a good partnership during the game which proved to be too much for the Basel defence. The match provided a slight lift of pressure from the shoulders of Ancelotti and his galáticos who so far haven't fared too well in La Liga.
2. Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal - 2-0
Borussia Dortmund looked ready and prepared for their match against Arsenal yesterday, after keeping Arsenal at bay during most of the game, with Arsenal gaining just 5 shots with only 1 on target. Compared with Dortmund's 23 shots and 7 on target. Although Arsenal were missing Monreal, Debuchy and Chambers many were still expecting Arsenal to get a result having not lost in their previous 6 visits to Germany. New signing Danny Welbeck missed a great chance after sending the ball from Aaron Ramsey wide. Arsène Wenger will know his side will need a lot of improvement, if they are to progress through their group. Jürgen Klopp on the other hand, will be revelling in his teams success after winning one of their toughest group stage games.
3. Liverpool vs Ludo Razgrad - 2-1
The first Champions League match at Anfield since 2009, looked to be a 0-0 draw. Right up until the final 10 minutes, where new signing Balotelli scored his first goal for the club. Celebrations were short lived as eight minutes later Razgrad equalised through Abalo Paulos, at the time everyone thought Razgrad had achieved a draw at Anfield. Again those thoughts were short as Borjan gave away a penalty, which Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard struck straight into the back of the net. Despite winning the match Liverpool will know there are tougher tests to come against the likes of Real Madrid and FC Basel. To mark their Champions League return Liverpool will be hoping to progress through the group stage.