UEFA Champions League Group Stage Match Day 3

Jesus Marquez, Reporter

The UEFA Champions League returned this week after a long two week waiting period for match day 3 of the group stage. This week was full of controversy, action, and great match-ups for the biggest clubs in the world. Here’s a recap of this week’s games:

Real Madrid get a break

Real Madrid grabbed an important 1-0 victory over Galatasaray at the Turk Telekom Arena. Both teams went into the game looking for their first win of the group stage. The Turkish side began attacking and nearly scored two goals, but Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois kept Real Madrid breathing with two great saves. Real Madrid took the lead in the 18th minute thanks to midfielder Toni Kroos who scored inside the box. In the second half both teams had goalscoring chances, but their poor finishing kept things close . In the end Real Madrid would grab the three points, giving them room to breathe and move up to second place.

Olympiacos 2-3 Bayern Munich 

Coming off from a dominating 7-2 win versus Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, FC Bayern Munich resumed their good form after beating Olympiacos in Greece. Olympiacos were 1-o up thanks to forward Youssef El-Arabi who scored in the 23rd minute. A brace from forward Robert Lewandoswki turned the tide for the Germans. With his brace, the Polish player has scored 16 goals in 12 games this season for the club. The second half Bayern controlled the match, giving them the opportunity to score a third goal through midfielder Torentin Tolisso. The Greek club put the pressure on with a second goal in the 79th minute. With three straight wins Bayern Munich are on top of Group B with nine points. Meanwhile, Olympiacos sit last in the group with one point.

Barcelona come out alive from Prague

What seemed to be one of the easiest matches for the Spanish giant, ended up being one of the toughest. An early goal from forward Lionel Messi and an own goal, gave Barcelona a suffered victory. After the first 15 minutes, Slavia Praha began to really pressure the Catalans. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen had to come in clutch with two incredible saves. Slavia Praha finally got the equalizer in the 50th minute with a goal from Jan Boril. The Czech club came close to tying the game, but a great performance from Ter Stegen once again saved the game from Barcelona. Although Barcelona are in first place in Group F, the team’s performances still leave many doubts among the fans.

Tottenham 5-0 Crvena Zvezda 

After conceding seven goals to Bayern Munich two weeks ago, Spurs grabbed their first win of the competition against Crvena Zvezda. It was a must win for the English side if they wanted to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Forwards Harry Kane and Son-Heung min each grabbed a brace, supporting their Ballon d’Or candidatures. Tottenham moves up to second place in the group behind FC Bayern Munich.

The Champions league will return on Tuesday, November 5 with more great action from Europe’s biggest clubs.