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.
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.
2012/13 UEFA Champions League scores – Match Day 4
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
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
Anderlecht (BEL): 1 (Dieumerci Mbokani 17’(
Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): 0
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels, Belgium – 16,437