The first round of Match Day 3 fixtures in the Champions League were completed tonight with yet again a number of surprising results.
Alan had the Portuguese two ahead after 20 minutes before Chicharito made it 2-1 five minutes later before he and Jonny Evans added two in the second half to give the Red Devils a great escape.
Reigning Champions League winners Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena with Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho doing the damage before a late Oscar consolation.
Scottish champions Celtic took it up to Barcelona at the Nou Camp but an extremely late Jordi Alba goal allowed the Catalan giants to record a 2-1 victory after Andres Iniesta cancelled out Giorgios Samaras’ 18th minute opener.
Elsewhere, Spartak Moscow beat Benfica 2-1 courtesy of a Jardel own-goal, Juventus were made to work for a 1-1 draw with Danish outfit Nordsjaelland, Roberto Soldado netted a hat-trick as Valencia cruised past BATE Borisov 3-0, Thomas Muller’s penalty allowed Bayern Munich to edge Lille 1-0 and CFR Cluj held Galatasaray to a 1-1 draw in a very wet Istanbul.
2012/13 UEFA Champions League scores – Match Day 3
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): 2 (Alex Teixeira 3’, Fernandinho 52’)
Chelsea (ENG): 1 (Oscar 88’)
Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine – 51,435
BATE Borisov (BLR): 0
Valencia (SPN): 3 (Roberto Soldado (p) 45+1’/55’/69’)
Stadyen Dynama, Minsk, Belarus – 29,180
Spartak Moscow (RUS): 2 (Rafael Carioca 3’, Jardel (og) 43’)
Benfica (POR): 1 (Lima 33’)
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia – 30,000
Galatasaray (TUR): 1 (Burak Yilmaz 77’)
CFR Cluj-Napoca (ROM): 1 (Dany Nounkeu (og) 19’)
Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey – 39,013