Dortmund and Real Madrid qualify

UEFA Champions League

Borussia Dortmund sealed a place in the Uefa Champions League knockout phase with a runaway 4-1 victory over Galatasary, while their Group D rivals Arsenal threw away a 3-0 lead to draw at home to Anderlecht.

An improved Liverpool showed better organisation in Madrid than they had at Anfield a fortnight ago, but still succumbed to Karim Benzema’s 27th minute goal for Real Madrid, who progress to the Last 16 with a 100 percent record after four matches in Group B. Basel moved three points clear in second place after trouncing Ludogorets 4-0.
 
Bayer Leverkusen are nearly there as well, moving four points clear at the top of Group C with a 2-1 win over Zenit in St Petersburg, while Juventus did things the hard way in scraping a 3-2 home win over Olympiakos. Both sides are three points adrift of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid who remain top of Group A following a 2-0 win away to Malmo.
 
But the biggest smiles of the night are on the faces of Jurgen Klopp and his men, as Dortmund shrugged off their Bundesliga struggles to maintain their 100 percent Champions League record this season, comfortably winning via goals by Marco Reus, Sokrates Papastathopoulos, Ciro Immobile and an own goal.
 
In London, however, Arsene Wenger seethed as his Gunners were forced to share the points after leading 3-0 with an hour played. Crucially, and controversially, Anderlecht’s first goal was scored from an offside position, but that should be no excuse for the collapse that followed.
 
With Alexis Sanchez once again dictating the pace, Arsenal had a two goal cushion by half-time. First, Danny Welbeck was fouled and Mikel Arteta scored from the spot – for his first ever Champions League goal and the 500th Arsenal goal at the Emirates – then Sanchez struck a free-kick into the wall and pounced to volley the rebound home. It seemed all over by the 58th minute when Sanchez stole the ball off and an opponent and fed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who swept home a fine goal.
 
But three minutes later, Anthony Vanden Borre, who was having a terrible evening defensively pulled one back from an off-side position. In the 73rd minute he scored a second, converting a penalty after Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have dragged down substitute Aleksandar Mitrović. With the gunners uncertain whether to stick or twist, Mitrović dived in ahead of Per Mertesacker to head a 90th minute equalizer.
 
Arsenal should qualify, but that precious first place in the group looks to be Dortmund’s.
 
Real Madrid have no such worries, sitting six points clear of Basel in Group B. Karim Benzema scored his fifth goal in four games in this season's competition, which is two more than teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has.
 
In Turin, Juventus took the lead when Andrea Pirlo crowned his 100th Champions League appearance with yet another superb free-kick. But it was soon cancelled out by Alberto Botia, and in the second half, Congolese midfielder Delvin N'Dinga put Olympiakos in front in the 61st minute. Within five minutes, Juve were ahead again however: first Fernando Llorente’s shot hit the post and went in off goalkeeper Roberto, then Paul Pogba scored after his first effort had been blocked. In time added on, Arturo Vidal had a chance to make it four for the hosts, but his spot-kick was brilliantly tipped over by Roberto.
 
Results
 
GROUP A
 
Juventus (1) 3 (Pirlo 21 Roberto og 65 Pogba 66) Olympiakos (1) 2 (Botia 24 N'Dinga 61)
 
Malmo 0 Atletico (1) 2 (Koke 30 Raúl García 78)
 
GROUP B
 
Basel (2) 4 (Embolo 34 Gonzalez 41 Gashi 59 Suchý 65) Ludogorets 0
 
Real Madrid (1) 1 (Benzema 27) Liverpool 0
 
GROUP C
 
Zenit St Petersburg (0) 1 (Rondon 89) Bayer Leverkusen (0) 2 (Son heung-Min 68, 73)
 
Benfica (0) 1 (Talisca 82) Monaco 0
 
GROUP D
 
Arsenal (2) 3 (Arteta 25pen Sanchez 29 Oxlade-Chamberlain 58 ) Anderlecht (0)  3 (Vanden Borre 61, pen 73 Mitrović 90)
 
Borussia Dortmund  (1) 4 (Reus 39 Papastathopoulos 56 Immobile 74 Semih Kaya og 85) Galatasary (0) 1 (Hakan Balta 70)

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