It was an absolutely action packed week in European football, highlighted by some already key Champions League clashes.
The glamour match was certainly reigning champions Bayern Munich visiting Manchester City for a much talked about clash at the Etihad. City fizzled at the moments of asking in the match though and succumbed to an obviously better Munich side on the night by 3 goals to 1 with prized keeper Joe Hart doing them no favors with his highly questionable goalkeeping at the back. Munich got the game started with 3 consecutive goals and several renditions of the Poznan from their traveling supported before Alvaro Negredo restored a bit of late pride to City with a consolation effort in the 80th.
The other Manchester side found their task a bit more easy on the matchweek as United claimed a vital point from their trip to the Ukraine for their tie against Shakhtar Donetsk. Red Devils found a bit of spirit in their performance and led for most of the match after Danny Welbeck gave them a lead on 19 minutes, the lead wouldn’t hold though and a late equalizer by the home side deprived the Red Devils of all 3 points but still left them with something to take home with them, and in doing so they become the first English side to take any points out of a trip to the Donetsk Arena.
On the brighter side of the rainbow, the other two English clubs in the Champions League both recorded important victories as Arsenal defeated a much depleted Napoli side (who sported some stellar camouflage unis) 2-1 at the Emirates with Mesut Ozil scoring the pick of the goals through a lazer-beam strike on the volley. Chelsea also recorded a much needed win as they saw off their old foes Steaua Bucharesti 4-0 in Romania in a rematch of their Europa League Round of 16 tie from last year with Frank Lampard among the scorers in Bucharest.
Finally, we’ll end on a happy note as Wigan Athletic secured their first ever win in European competition at the second time of asking, defeating Slovenian champs Maribor 3-1 at the DW Stadium behind a brace from Man Utd. loanee Nick Powell. The win marks a remarkable achievement for the current Championship side and F.A. Cup holders, as they are in good shape with regards to their Europa League group (4 points from 2 games) despite only amassing 11 points from 8 Championship fixtures to date.