2015-16 UEFA Champions League Roundup: Matchday 3, Pt. 1

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.

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:

That’s a teammate right there.

Best 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.

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

About Phillip Bupp

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