Ivan Rakitić and Barcelona never got it going against an Ibrahimović-less PSG side in Paris Tuesday night, losing 3-2. The Barca defense had holes all night long, letting PSG get away with soft goals. Rakitić was responsible for PSG’s second goal as he did not cover Marco Verratti properly on the back post following a corner. He was subbed off in the 69th minute for Xavi. With the loss, Barcelona drop to second place in Group F, with 3 points from two games.
Darijo Srna and Shakhtar Donetsk looked golden to get a huge win against Porto from the Donbass Arena. The Ukrainian champions were up 2-0 entering the 89th minute after dodging a first half penalty miss by Porto. However, a hand ball in the box in the 89th minute gave Jackson a penalty, which he converted, with Jackson adding an equalizer in the 93rd to force a 2-2 draw. Shakhtar will be absolutely sick with the draw as they now have two draws to their name instead of being in control of Group H. Their next match will be October 21st vs. BATE Borisov.
Mario Mandžukić and Atletico Madrid pulled off a late win against Italian champions Juventus by way of a 75th minute Arda Turan goal. The 1-0 win earned Atletico their first points of this Champions League campaign, which now pull them tied with all three other clubs in Group A. Mandžukić got the start and was subbed off nine minutes after the goal.
Luka Modrić and Real Madrid had a tricky test in Bulgaria as Ludogorets gave them a run for their money. The Bulgarian champions scored inside 10 minutes with Cristiano Ronaldo missing a penalty kick in the 11th minute. However, he would redeem himself 14 minutes later from the spot again. Karim Benzema would secure a 2-1 Real Madrid win with a goal in the 77th minute. Real remain perfect int heir first two matches. Luka Modrić got the start but came off for Toni Kroos in the 73rd minute.
After a shocking draw to Everton on the weekend, Dejan Lovren and Liverpool looked mediocre at best again on Wednesday in a 1-0 loss at Basel. Lovren played the full 90 minutes and was not at fault for the goal in a very high-paced match. Liverpool’s next two Champions League matches will be against Real Madrid.
Danijel Subašić and Monaco held Zenit St. Petersburg to a scoreless draw to split the points Wednesday night in Russia. The draw keeps both clubs atop of Group C with 4 points.
Tin Jedvaj was given the day off as Bayer Leverkusen cruised past Benfica 3-1 to get them on the board in Group C.