Eight UEFA Champions League 2013/13 Group Stage matches took place on the evening of Wednesday 18 September 2013. On an interesting night of football, there was not a single drawn match, despite only four goals having been scored at half time.
The biggest result of the evening was Basel’s comeback at Stamford Bridge, where the Swiss side turned around a 1-0 first half deficit to win 2-1 against Chelsea in Group E. Schalke are leading the group following their 3-0 victory over Steaua.
In Group F, Arsenal and Napoli share the lead on three points after both picked up 2-1 victories. Italian champions, Napoli, won at home over last season’s finalists, Borussia Dortmund, while Arsenal gathered their first win of this campaign away at Marseille.
In Group G, Porto and Atletico both got off to winning starts. Porto picked up three points following a 1-o win away at Austria Wien. Atletico grabbed an entertaining 3-1 win at home to Zenit St Petersburg: the visitors drew level at 1-1 in the second period only for Atletico to grab two goals in quick succession to claim maximum points.
In Group H, Barcelona were very impressive in their 4-0 win over Ajax. Lionel Messi showed Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid that anything he could do would be matched, as the little genius scored a hat-trick. AC Milan left it late to grab their two goals, as they ran out 2-0 winners at home to Celtic, on a night when every single match ended with a win.
UEFA Champions League 2013/14: Results, Wednesday 18 September 2013
- Chelsea 1-2 Basel (Group E)
- Schalke 3-0 Steaua (Group E)
- Marseille 1-2 Arsenal (Group F)
- Napoli 2-1 Dortmund (Group F)
- Austria Wien 0-1 Porto (Group G)
- Atletico 3-1 Zenit (Group G)
- Milan 2-0 Celtic (Group H)
- Barcelona 4-0 Ajax (Group H)