CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAP: Man City and Arsenal held as Madrid score late leveller against Dortmund

The first half of Match Day 4 fixtures of the 2012/13 Champions League campaign were completed tonight with plenty of interesting results as per usual.

Premier League champions Manchester City were denied victory at home against Ajax after conceding twice when Siem de Jong netted for the Dutch side before Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero gave their side hope to record a 2-2 draw.

It was a controversial finish to the game as Aguero had the ball in the back of the net for the win but was questionably flagged offside before Mario Balotelli was felled in the area in injury-time but the referee blew for full-time rather than a penalty.

In the other Group D match, Real Madrid netted an injury-time equaliser through Mesut Ozil to force a 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund who took the lead through Marco Reus before Pepe levelled and then Alvaro Arbeloa edged the Germans ahead with an own-goal.

The results see Dortmund on top of the group with 8 points ahead of Madrid on 7 with Ajax third on 4 and City’s hopes hanging by a thread as they hold up the rest on just two points.

In Group B, Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead to be held to a 2-2 draw by Schalke with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan cancelling out Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud’s early openers whilst Olympiakos scored twice late to beat Montpellier 3-1.

Schalke are in pole position on top of the group table with 8 points ahead of Arsenal on 7 with Olympiakos third on 6 and still a chance to qualify after ending Montpellier’s campaign.

Group A results saw leaders Porto edge closer to the knockout phase with a 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine as Paris Saint-Germain went five points clear in second courtesy of a 4-0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb who are without a point on the bottom.

And in Group C, Malaga continued their good recent form in Europe with a 1-1 draw against AC Milan at the San Siro to sit top of the table on 10 points as Anderlecht gave themselves the chance to progress with a 1-0 home victory over Zenit St Petersburg which has them just a point behind second-placed Milan.

Tomorrow night sees Manchester United head to Braga and Cluj host Galatasaray in Group H as Chelsea meet Shakhtar Donetsk at home and Juventus host Nordsjaelland in Group E.

Elsewhere, Celtic are at home to Barcelona and Benfica host Spartak Moscow in Group G whilst Group F has Lille at Bayern Munich and Valencia hosting BATE Borisov.

2012/13 UEFA Champions League scores – Match Day 4

Group A

Paris Saint-German (FRA): 4 (Alex 16’, Blaise Matuidi 61’, Jeremy Menez 65’, Guillaume Hoarau 80’)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO): 0
Parc des Princes, Paris, France – 41,060

Dynamo Kyiv (UKR): 0
FC Porto (POR): 0
Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine – 34,386

Group B

Schalke 04 (GER): 2 (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 45+2’, Jefferson Farfan 67’)
Arsenal (ENG): 2 (Theo Walcott 18’, Olivier Giroud 26’)
Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany – 54,142

Olympiakos (GRE): 3 (Paulo Machado 4’, Leandro Greco 80’, Kostas Mitroglou 82’)
Montpellier (FRA): 1 (Younes Belhanda (p) 67’)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens, Greece – 28,217

Group C

AC Milan (ITA): 1 (Alexandre Pato 73’)
Malaga (SPN): 1 (Eliseu 40’)
San Siro, Milan, Italy – 30,891

Anderlecht (BEL): 1 (Dieumerci Mbokani 17’(
Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): 0
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels, Belgium – 16,437

Group D

Manchester City (ENG): 2 (Yaya Toure 22’, Sergio Aguero 74’)
Ajax (NED): 2 (Siem de Jong 10’/17’)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England – 44,222

Real Madrid (SPN): 2 (Pepe 34’, Mesut Ozil 89’)
Borussia Dortmund (GER): 2 (Marco Reus 28’, Alvaro Arbeloa (og) 45’)
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – 74,932

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