Chelsea crash in Europe, United fight back

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Updated: October 24, 2012

In an action packed night of Champions League football, the glamour clubs in Europe had to dig deep to secure points, while the reigning champions, Chelsea fell short.

Defending Champions Chelsea have struggled on the road in Europe this season, and last night was no different. It was always going to be tough for the Premiership leaders, as they traveled to Ukraine for the first time, to take on a team that had won 12 consecutive domestic league games. Goals from Teixerra in the first half and Fernandinho early in the second, put the impressive home team in control. Chelsea rarely looked like scoring, however did manage a consolation goal against the run of play from Oscar with 2 minutes to go. The victory lifted Shakhtar to the top of Group E on seven points, three above Chelsea who have four.

Also in group E, Juventus drew in Europe for the 9th consecutive time as they left it late to secure a 1-1 draw against underdogs, Nordsjaelland.

In group F, BATE remain top despite a 3-0 thrashing at home by Valencia, Saldado again the hero up front for the Spaniards with 4 goals, while Bayern moved up to 2nd as they defeated struggling Lille 1-0 in France.

In group G, Moscow finally got some points on the board with a 2-1 win over Benfica at home, however in the same group at the Camp Nou, Celtic almost pulled off the biggest shock of the night. Celtic opened the scoring early through Samaras. The equalising goal came just on half time through the brilliant Inesta. One might have thought that this would open the floodgates in the second half, however Celtic defended gallantly until Alba robbed them of a point on the 90th minute to give the Catalan Giants the 2-1 win. Barca sit top with 3 wins from 3, while Celtic sit unexpectedly in second.

Manchester United did well to avoid an upset at Old Trafford, coming from behind to beat Braga 3-2 after being 2-0 down to an Alan double in 20 minutes. They fought back with two headers from Javier Hernandez either side of a Jonny Evans goal.

It was United’s third successive win and they top Group H with nine points, followed by CFR Cluj on four after they drew 1-1 at Galatasaray. Braga have three and the Turkish side one.

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