Champions League - City held, Barca rallies, Arsenal rolls

Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:44 AM by Shane Barrow

After two matchdays we have witnessed some wonderfully entertaining soccer from our beloved Champions League.  Plenty of goals. Second half rallies and a little drama here and there.

Manchester City walked into a hornets nest on Wednesday evening. A raucus Celtic crowd pushed the Scots forward as they led Manchester City three different times before earning a 3-3 draw in Glasgow.  It was such an entertaining match on a night when Celtic wanted to earn a bit of redemption after getting blasted by Barcelona on the opening matchday.  The respect was definitely earned as City had to rally for the draw.

Meanwhile, Arsenal were having a much easier time of it as FC Basel visited The Emirates. The Gunners made quick work of their guests coasted to an easy 2-0 victory.  Theo Walcott netted twice in the opening half hour making it a drama free night in London. The win kept Arsenal top of group on pace with Paris St-Germain who dispatched Ludogrets Razgrad.

Barcelona had a toughter time of it in Germany as they ran into a very motivated Monchengladbach squad.  Thorgan Hazard finished off an epic counter to give the underdogs the lead heading into the second half, but in typical Barca fashion, that lead would not hold up.  Substitute Arda Turan blasted into the roof of the net twenty minutes after the break and the writing was on the wall.  Minutes later Barcelona found the winner when Gerard Pique stabbed home a loose ball from close range sending the German fans home unhappy.

After two matchdays, none of the big boys are in any real trouble thus far. Despite some entertaining soccer the group phases look just like European World Cup qualifiying as the format sets up for the big boys to advance easily into the knockout phases.