Cyprus Mail
Sport

Messi earns Barca draw, Torres inspires Chelsea win

Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski (L) celebrates his winning goal during the Champions League group F soccer match between Arsenal FC and Borussia Dortmund

Lionel Messi marked his first start after injury with a goal as Barcelona drew 1-1 at AC Milan while a Fernando Torres double helped Chelsea beat Schalke and Atletico Madrid’s charge continued in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Robert Lewandowski scored the 82nd-minute winner as Borussia Dortmund put the brakes on Arsenal’s campaign with a 2-1 win in London that, along with Napoli’s 2-1 win at Olympique Marseille, put three teams on six points in a tight Group F.

There is a clear leader in Group G, where Atletico made it three wins from three with a 3-0 victory at Austria Vienna that put them a point away from the 10 that are usually enough to send teams into the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.

They are five points clear of second-placed Zenit St Petersburg, who made the most of the sixth-minute sending off of Porto’s Hector Herrera – the competition’s fastest ever from two yellow cards – to beat their Portuguese hosts 1-0.

In Group E, Chelsea moved level on six points with Schalke 04 at the top with a 3-0 win in Germany where Torres celebrated his 100th start for the club with the fifth-minute opener and another after 69 minutes before Eden Hazard added a late goal.

The top two are clear of third-placed Basel, who have four points ahead of Steaua Bucharest on one after those two teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in Romania.

Celtic got their first points in Group H after a James Forrest penalty on the stroke of halftime and a deflected shot by Beram Kayal early in the second half helped them to a 2-1 win over Ajax Amsterdam, who got a consolation in added time.

Barca are in charge of that group with seven points, while Milan – who had gone ahead through Robinho’s ninth-minute opener before Messi levelled after 23 minutes – have five points. Celtic are on three points with Ajax bottom on one.

Related posts

Irishman Lowry wins The Open at Royal Portrush

Teenager Greenwood gives Manchester United win over Inter

Sarri says likes Pogba, unsure if he will join Juventus

‘Professor’ Pacquiao vows to teach Thurman a lesson

Algeria beat Senegal to win Africa Cup of Nations

Reuters News Service

Lowry, Holmes share Open lead at the halfway mark