Champions League Round-up

Posted on October 20, 2011


This week’s Champions League fixtures brought a mixed bag of results for German clubs with the only victory coming from Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena.

FC Bayern slumped to a draw in Napoli, where as, Borussia Dortmund were thrashed by Greek cracks Olympiakos.

Napoli 1-1 FC Bayern:

Jupp Heynckes side rued their missed chances in Naples with the Italians taking a point from Tuesday night’s clash.

Bayern got off to a flying start on just two minutes when Toni Kroos fired home into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. The visitors were largely in control but a lack of concentration in defence brought Napoli level after Holger Badstuber turned the ball into his own net.

The usually reliable Mario Gomez had a horrible night in Italy and it was capped off with a missed penalty in the second half.

Bayern remain top of Group A with seven points from three games.

Star player: Toni Kroos

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Valencia:

In a group dominated by Chelsea, this clash would go a long way to deciding the second place in the table.

And Leverkusen went behind midway through the first half when Valencia’s Jonas fired the visitors in front.

But a superb second half performance from Robin Dutt’s men turned the game on its head. Andre Schurrle and Sidnei Sam netted to keep them in second behind their English rivals.

Star player: Andre Schurrle

Olympiakos 3-1 Dortmund:

The German champions remain bottom of the table after picking up just one point from their  three group matches.

Goals from Jose Holebas, Rafik Djebbour and Francisco Modesto put Dortmund to the sword in a lacklustre performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The in-form Robert Lewandowski did equalise for BvB on 26 minutes but the hosts were too strong for their German opponents.

Star man: Mario Gotze