Matchweek 4 of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicked-off on the evenings of Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th November 2013, with some teams booking themselves a place in the round of 16 even at this early stage.
Below are the full results and the current UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group Stage tables and standings following the conclusion of Matchweek 4.
UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Results & Tables – Matchweek 4
Group A Results, Tuesday 5 November 2013
- Real Sociedad de Fútbol 0-0 Manchester United FC
- FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
No change in Group A in terms of positions, or, indeed, goals, as the four sides played out 0-0 draws in Spain and Ukraine. Manchester United head the group by a point from Leverkusen, though United will be a little annoyed that they did not collect all three points in Spain as Robin van Persie missed a penalty and hit a post. Shakhtar Donetsk looked good at home to Leverkusen and had plenty of possession and shots, but will rue a slight lack of attacking cutting edge, which could have seen them grab a win to go joint top of Group A.
Group A Table, after Tuesday 5 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group A table as it stood following the fixtures of Tuesday 5 November 2013.
|2||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||4||2||1||1||8||5||3||7|
Group B Results, Tuesday 5 November 2013
- Juventus 2-2 Real Madrid CF
- FC København 1-0 Galatasaray AŞ
Real Madrid are all but assured of a place in the Last 16 of the Champions League, but they did lose their 100% win record in picking up a point away at Juventus where they drew 2-2. Juve got off the mark late in the first half through a 42nd minute penalty through Vidal (42′), but Real turned things around quickly in the second period with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (52′) and Gareth Bale (60′). Ronaldo’s goal makes him the most prolific ever striker in UEFA Champions League Group Stage football, though with Messi still racking, this is always likely to flip-flop. Real would have been through on the night if it hadn’t been for Llorente (65′) heading home with 25 minutes remaining to grab a point for the Italians.
Copenhagen needed a victory at home to Galatasaray to keep themselves in contention for what is becoming a three-way battle for second place in Group B. They gathered the three points they were looking for in workmanlike style with a 1-0 home win. 31 year old forward Daniel Braaten (6′) grabbed a memorable early goal which was enough to secure the victory as the visitors were unable to turn lots of attacking possession into a goal.
Everything is to play for in Group B.
Group B Table, after Tuesday 5 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group B table as it stood following the fixtures of Tuesday 5 November 2013.
Group C Results, Tuesday 5 November 2013
- Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 RSC Anderlecht
- Olympiacos FC 1-0 SL Benfica
PSG will be disappointed with their efforts at home to Anderlecht, though, in the context of the evening – and standings – might feel a point from a 1-1 draw is sufficient. Slightly against the run of play, Anderlecht took the lead through Demy de Zeeuw (68′) with 20 minutes remaining, which spurred on PSG who replied almost immediately with a strike from the in-form Zlatan Ibrahimović (70′). The home side lost their 100% record despite looking the most likely to win this one for much of this match. Anderlecht gathered their first point of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League.
Olympiacos retain a strong chance of progressing from Group C after picking up a solid home win against Benfica. The Greek side gained all three points courtesy of a 1-0 victory, after an early headed goal from Kostas Manolas (13′). Benfica came out hunting a goal but, despite getting double figure shots on target, went back to Portugal with nothing to show for their efforts.
PSG look the likely table-toppers, but they’ll need to improve their performance after a night which should have seen them secure their place in the last 16.
Group C Table, after Tuesday 5 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group C table as it stood following the fixtures of Tuesday 5 November 2013.
|1||Paris Saint Germain||4||3||1||0||13||2||11||10|
Group D Results, Tuesday 5 November 2013
- Manchester City FC 5-2 PFC CSKA Moskva
- FC Viktoria Plzeň 0-1 FC Bayern München
Man City, fresh from a 7-0 Premier League win, continued their free-scoring form with a strong 5-2 home win over CSKA. City’s goals came from a Negredo (30′ 51′ 90+2′) hat-trick and a brace from Sergio Aguero (pen 3′, 20′) and the Manchester side proved too strong from the off, despite a couple of goals for Doumbia (45+1′, pen 71′) in reply for the visitors.
Bayern remain on course to become the first ever back-to-back winners of the Champions League, and kept their 100% record in the process, as they recorded a solid 1-0 away win over Viktoria Plzen, who remain pointless after four games. A 65th minute strike from Mandžukić (65′) was enough to give the Munchen side the win, which guaranteed them a place in the last 16. The likely runners up to follow them through looks to be Manchester City, who will qualify with a point from either of their remaining two matches, and could yet top the group with a win over Munich.
Group D Table, after Tuesday 5 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group D table as it stood following the fixtures of Tuesday 5 November 2013.
Group E Results, Wednesday 6 November 2013
- FC Basel 1893 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
- Chelsea FC 3-0 FC Schalke 04
Chelsea continued their improved Champions League form with a good 3-0 win at home to Schalke. A brace from Samuel Eto’o (31′, 54′) and a late strike from Demba Ba (83′) were enough to secure the three points for Jose Mourinho’s men at Stamford Bridge. Shalke goalkeeper, Timo Hildebrand, will be particularly upset with his slow clearance which allowed Eto’o the opportunity to open the scoring.
Basel and Steaua both needed a win to keep their qualification hopes, and neither side will be particularly happy with the 1-1 draw they got in Switzerland, though for Steaua, who were looking for their first win in 7 years, the result will be particularly difficult to take, after they led for much of the match, and had a great chance to go 2-0 in front denied only by a magnificent double save from Yann Sommer in the Basel goal. A good one-on-one finish from Piovaccari (17′) had givien the visitors the early lead, but a late late finish from 6 yards from Basel forward Sio (90+1′) earned the hosts a share of the points.
Chelsea look to be heading through, but all four teams in Group E have something to play for as we move into the final two matches.
Group E Table, after Wednesday 6 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group E table as it stood following the fixtures of Wednesday 6 November 2013.
|2||FC Schalke 04||4||2||0||2||4||6||-2||6|
Group F Results, Wednesday 6 November 2013
- Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal FC
- SSC Napoli 3-2 Olympique de Marseille
Group F is the toughest of them all this season, and Arsenal and Napoli lead with two to play, courtesy of wins by the odd goal.
Arsenal gained an important 1-0 win away at Dortmund with a goal from the in-form Aaron Ramsey (62′) with half an hour remaining. Ramsey bundled a header home with Arsenal’s first real chance of the night in a match which the hosts looked the likelier to win throughout. Arsenal showed good determination to pick up the result which saw them move to the top of the table.
Napoli joined Arsenal on 9 points following an entertaining 3-2 home win over Marseille, who have yet to gain a single point in this competition. The visitors will be feeling a little sore after a match which saw them take the lead early on, through a strong headed A. Ayew (10′) goal from a corner kick. Napoli’s reply was swift, however, as Inler (22′) smashed home an outstanding long range volleyed goal before Higuaín (24′) turned around the scoreline with a volley from altogether closer range, giving the hosts a 2-1 half time lead.
In the second period, Marseille equalised when Thauvin (64′) volleyed home a cross, and looked on course to gain their first point of the campaign before Higuaín (75′) struck a second, winning, goal again from inside the area.
Arsenal, Napoli and Dortmund remain the three sides looking to grab the important top two places, though the former two have a three point advantage over last year’s beaten finalists. Dortmund will need to improve their finishing if they are to make it through this group of death alive.
Group F Table, after Wednesday 6 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group F table as it stood following the fixtures of Wednesday 6 November 2013.
Group G Results, Wednesday 6 November 2013
- FC Zenit 1-1 FC Porto
- Club Atlético de Madrid 4-0 FK Austria Wien
Atlético secured their progress to the next stage and maintained their 100% win record with a very impressive 4-0 home win over Wien. Four well-taken goals from inside the area came from Miranda (11′), Raúl García (25′), Filipe Luis (45′), and Diego Costa (82′) – who also saw a penalty saved in the second half – as the Spanish side swept aside their Austrian visitors.
Zenit and Porto remain a point apart in the race for second place after the teams shared a 1-1 draw in Russia. The visitors got off to a fine start through Lucho González (23′), who headed into the bottom corner from open play, but were once again unstuck by their former colleague, Hulk (28′), who equalised just five minutes later. The home favourite was the quickest to react when a ball squirmed into the edge of the area, before rounding the ‘keeper and rolling the ball into an empty net. Helton, in the Porto goal, made up for his sluggishness in the second half, though, with an excellent penalty save from Hulk, before later making a great low save to deny the same player what would have been a winning goal.
All four sides are in Group G with a chance, though Atletico have assured themselves a Round of 16 qualification already: they continue their excellent European form of recent seasons.
Group G Table, after Wednesday 6 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group G table as it stood following the fixtures of Wednesday 6 November 2013.
|2||Zenit St Petersburg||4||1||2||1||3||4||-1||5|
|4||FK Austria Vienna||4||0||1||3||0||8||-8||1|
Group H Results, Wednesday 6 November 2013
- AFC Ajax 1-0 Celtic FC
- FC Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan
Barcelona are also through to the knockout round already, following a good 3-1 win at home to AC Milan. Messi (pen, 30′) and Busquets (40′) put the hosts in control, but a Nelson Piquet own goal (O.G. 45) on the stroke of half time gave the visitors some hope for the second period. This was extinguished with 10 minutes remaining, however, when Lionel Messi (83′) grabbed his second of the night.
Milan remain at the head of the pack looking for second place, but they are only a point ahead of Ajax, who enjoy the same narrow margin over Celtic, whom they defeated 1-0 in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening to gain their first victory of the 2013/14 Champions League. Schöne (51′) took his chance well early in the second half, as Ajax turned in a dominant display. Celtic were contained, producing only long-range efforts, though they remain firmly in the hunt for a knockout place with two matches remaining.
Group H Table, after Wednesday 6 November 2013
Below is the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 Group H table as it stood following the fixtures of Wednesday 6 November 2013.
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