What a great day for Champions League action. We had two great games, with one being an instant classic and caused those with a single TV to make one tough decision. The Leverkusen/Roma game took everyone in for a spin, including the players and the Arsenal/Bayern Munich game caused a shocking result and got one of the big teams back into the hunt for advancement.
Biggest Win: Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich
Was it really going to be any other game? After losing to Dinamo Zagreb and drawing to Olympiakos, Arsenal entered in a must win scenario against Bayern Munich. After falling victim to a terrific save by Manuel Neuer, Arsenal remained strong but not strong enough. Then, after a misjudged free kick by Neuer, Olivier Giroud put away the goal to get Arsenal the win. A Mesut Ozil goal at the end of the game sealed the win.
Biggest Loss: Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Chelsea
It technically wasn’t a loss but I’m sure everyone affiliated with Chelsea will feel as if that was a loss. After a 0-0 draw to Dynamo Kyiv, Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho didn’t hold anything back (like we expected anything different) in his view of the missed PK call and the referee in general.
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 20, 2015
Most Shocking Result: Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma We could also say Arsenal’s win against Bayern as a shocking result too but Leverkusen/Roma was just shocking on a different level. First, Leverkusen got off to a quick 2-0 lead with a Chicharito brace. Then, Roma not only equalized thanks to Daniele de Rossi getting his brace, but they scored two more goals to make it 4-2. And going towards the end of the game, Leverkusen tacked on two more goals and ended the game into a thrilling 4-4 draw. I don’t know if there has ever been a game where both teams came back from losing by two goals but if there has, there hasn’t been that many. Best Tweet:
— @boneystarks (@BoneyStarks) October 20, 2015
That’s a teammate right there.
Goal Save: Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
There were some great goals, don’t get me wrong. But the greatest thing to come out of today was Manuel Neuer’s stunning save against Arsenal.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 20, 2015
Team Most in Trouble After Matchday 3: Arsenal
Even after the big win, Arsenal is still in the most trouble. No doubt they got a lifeline in terms of advancing but they are still the biggest team who’s most at risk of not advancing to the Round of 16.
Highlight Games for Matchday 3 (Groups E through H):
Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal
Roma vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Barcelona vs. BATE Borisov