UEFA Champions League Matchday 4 Day 1 Roundup: A Night of Draws for Schalke-Arsenal, Milan-Malaga, Madrid-Dortmund and Man City-Ajax

Updated: November 7, 2012

Mesut Ozil saves Real Madrid.

A string of draw results characterized Tuesday’s pulsating UEFA Champions League tussles, as the fight for qualification for the tournament’s Round of 16 has grown fiercer.


Group A: Dinamo Zagreb Suffer Early Exit from PSG Victory, Porto and Dynamo Kyiv Deadlocked


French side Paris Saint-Germain dealt Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb a 4-0 home thrashing at the Parc-des-Princes stadium. Goals from Alex, Blaise Matuidi, Jeremy Menez and Guillaume Hoarau brought triumph to the Parisians, while Zagreb exit early from the league without any wins.

Porto and Dynamo Kyiv failed to score against one another at the Olimpiysky National Sports Complex. The result led the Portuguese outfit to remain on top of the group table.

Group B: Olympiakos End Montpellier’s Qualification Target, Arsenal and Schalke Draw


Olympiakos trounced Montpellier 3-1 at Athens. Paulo Machado gave the Greek side a fourth-minute lead. The French side equalized through Younes Belhanda’s penalty kick, but the hosts secured victory through successful efforts from Leandro Greco and Kostas Mitroglou.

Schalke erased Arsenal’s first-half lead to equalize 2-2 at home. Theo Walcott fired early for The Gunners, while Olivier Giroud added another through a mighty header. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored for the German outfit before half time, followed by a leveller from Jefferson Farfan.


Group C: Milan and Malaga Tied, Anderlecht Win over Zenit


Spanish outfit Malaga recorded another favourable chapter to their Champions League adventure by drawing 1-1 to AC Milan at the San Siro stadium. Eliseu gave the lead to Malaga, while Alexandre Pato equalized for the hosts.

Belgian champions Anderlecht scored a winner at home against Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg. Dieumerci Mbokani fired the lone goal for the hosts.

Group D: Madrid, Dortmund, Man City, Ajax All On 2-2

La Liga titleholders Real Madrid endured a difficult Borussia Dortmund challenge at the Santiago Bernabeu. Marco Reus’ goal opened scoring for the Bundesliga champions, while Pep’s header brought the match on level. Alvaro Arbeloa’s own goal placed Madrid in danger of a loss. Mesut Ozil salvaged a late-game draw for the hosts to end the match in a draw.

Manchester City’s draw with Ajax served as a cliffhanger for the English champions’ Round of 16 qualification hopes. Siem de Jong scored a brace for the Dutch visitors, while Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored one each to equalize. Aguero’s second goal ruled offside and a denied penalty plea angered City manager Roberto Mancini.