Soccer / Champions League / Bayern battered by BATE Borisov
Wins for Chelsea, Barca, Manchester United.
BATE Borisov upset Bayern Munich while European champions Chelsea eased to a win at outsiders Nordsjaelland and Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to victory over Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere Robin van Persie scored both goals as Manchester United came from behind to beat Romania’s Cluj 2-1, while Brazilian Jonas also bagged a brace as Valencia defeated Lille 2-0.
Last season’s finalists Bayern Munich went down 3-1 to Belarussian BATE in the shock result of the night in a first defeat for the Bundesliga leaders after nine matches in all competitions this season.
BATE went ahead with a goal against the run of play through Aleksandr Pavlov in Minsk, and then doubled the tally 12 minutes from time when Vitali Rodionov hit the top of the net after a neat exchange with Edgar Olekhnovich.
Frank Ribery pulled one back in the first minute of stoppage time, but BATE caught Bayern on the break in the fourth added minute through Renan Bressan.
The victory takes BATE to six points in group F, with Valencia joining Bayern on three after defeating Lille 2-0.
Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners at Danish outfit Nordsjaelland in group E while Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk ended 1-1, to leave Chelsea and Donets on four points each and the Italians on two.
Juan Mata put Chelsea on front in the first half in Copenhagen after Fernado Torres caught Enoch Adu in possession, passed to Frank Lampard who touched the ball on to Mata to finish.
Defender David Luiz made it two with a free-kick in the 79th minute, Mata got his second and Chelsea’s third three minutes later, while Ramires tapped in two minutes from time for the fourth.
Juventus went behind at home to Shakhtar Donetsk when Alexy Teixeira scored for the Pitmen in the 23rd minute but Leonardo Bonucci got the Italians back two minutes later.
Robin Van Persie was the matchwinner for Manchester United in a 2-1 win at Romania’s Cluj.
United went behind in the 14th when Pantelis Kapetanos swept home a Modou Sougou cross but Van Persie’s 29th-minute header deflected off his shoulder and looped into the net from a Wayne Rooney free-kick to level.
The Dutch striker then netted the winner with a delightful first-time chip with the outside of his left foot four minutes after the break.
United top group H on six points, following on three by Cluj and Portugal’s Sporting Braga who earned a 2-0 win at Galatasaray.
Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Benfica in group G, marred at the end by a red card to Sergio Busquets and an injury to Barcelona’s veteran captain Carles Puyol.
Puyol, 34, fell badly on his left arm 14 minutes from the end of the match in Lisbon when jumping to head a corner, and was immediately stretchered off.
He will undergo tests in Barcelona to ascertain the extent of the injury and the time needed for recovery.
Ironically, it was Puyol’s first match back after two weeks out with a knee injury.
“Tarzan”, as he is affectionately known by the Barca fans, has been plagued by injury in the past two years. He missed playing at Euro 2012 for Spain because of injury.
Puyol will almost certainly miss Sunday’s Clasico at home to Real Madrid, who are eight points behind Barca in La Liga. Barca are also currently without Gerard Pique, their other principal central defender.
Their win at Benfica left the Catalans top of Group G with maximum six points, and well on course to reach the knockout stage for the ninth successive season.
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