MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 18: Gervinho of Arsenal celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Montpellier Herault SC and Arsenal at Stade de la Mosson on September 18, 2012 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal, BVB Squeak Out Wins; PSG Demolish Dynamo Kiev

Arsenal went down early to Montpellier, but they're on top 2-1 at halftime. Elsewhere, PSG are crushing Dynamo Kiev.

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Massimiliano Allegri Proof Of AC Milan's Fall

AC Milan used to be the envy of Europe, but that they can be managed by Massimiliano Allegri is proof of a club gone south.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Ajax, UEFA Champions League: Final Score 1-0, Lewandowski Saves Day For BVB

Mats Hummels is the most relieved man in Dortmund after Robert Lewandowski bailed the centre back out against Ajax. Facing the Eredivisie side at home, Borussia Dortmund were supposed to be clear winners in what looked like their easiest match of UEFA Champions League Group D, but the Dutch champions had other ideas, giving BVB more than a few scares. Ultimately, though, BVB were too much for their guests, a last-gasp strike by Lewandowski sealing a vital three points.

It was never clear which way the match was going to go. Although Dortmund were clearly the better side, Ajax had long periods where they were the ones applying the pressure, forcing Roman Weidenfeller into some nice saves (and a bizarre walkabout). At the other end of the pitch, the hosts were very, very wasteful, finding the target with just seven of their 23 attempts.

At times, the match seemed destined to end in a 0-0 draw. Hummels had a huge chance to put BVB in the lead in the 58th minute when Mario Goetze earned a (very soft penalty) after going over Ricardo van Rihjn's leg, but the defender's weak effort was well saved by Kenneth Vermeer. For much of the game, Lewandowski wasn't any better, missing with several key chances.

But then, in the 87th minute, the Polish striker was able to find space in the box and slot home, giving Dortmund three huge points. It's not exactly a perfect start, considering the performance, but Jurgen Klopp will certainly take it.


Real Madrid Vs. Manchester City, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Final Score 3-2, Cristiano Ronaldo Nets Winner

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make the most of his opportunities for 90 minutes on Tuesday, but he came up huge in stoppage time, netting a winner for Real Madrid in their massive Champions League matchup with Manchester City.

The Citizens held the home side scoreless throughout the first half, then confused them with a change of formation that was partially necessitated by an injury, but likely a tactical decision by Roberto Mancini as well. City did well to take the lead on two occasions, but Madrid broke down the visitors' defense twice in the closing minutes and rallied back for a 3-2 victory.

Ronaldo regularly beat Maicon down Madrid's left throughout the first half, while opposite side winger Angel di Maria looked dangerous as well, but Madrid failed to find a breakthrough in the first half. Vincent Kompany made a couple of great late tackles, while Joe Hart looked very sharp in goal.

Samir Nasri picked up a hamstring injury in the first half, and Mancini brought on Aleksandar Kolarov, hardly a like-for-like switch. The move led to a formation change, with Gael Clichy coming inside and City switching to three at the back. They further switched up their formation in the 63rd minute, when Edin Dzeko entered for David Silva.

In the 69th minute, that substitution paid off. Yaya Toure provided an absolutely brilliant setup for Dzeko with a powerful run down the center after Madrid lost the ball in City's half. He played a perfect pass into the path of Dzeko on the counter, and the big center forward applied a composed finish to put City ahead.

The goal was a wake-up call for Madrid, who began to play with more urgency. They brought on Mesut Özil shortly before the goal, and made two more attacking changes after the goal by bringing in Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.

Los Merengues found their equalizer through Marcelo in the 76th minute. The goal had been coming for quite some time, and it was a well deserved one for Marcelo, who had an excellent game down Madrid's left. His strike from the edge of the box took a deflection that created an unstoppable shot for Hart, but it was an excellent shot nonetheless, and he might have scored even if his shot never took that deflection.

Madrid continued to press for a winner, and a City goal seemed a bit out of the question until they won a free kick in the 86th minute. Kolarov stepped up and delivered a sharp curling ball to the back post that was a bit of a half-shot, half-cross. No one got on the end of his ball, but it curled perfectly to allude Iker Casillas, then bounce into the back of the net to give the Citizens a shock lead.

Unfortunately for the visitors, there would be no famous upset. Just one minute after Kolarov's goal, Benzema netted an equalizer, turning in an assist by Di Maria. Both sides fought for the winner during an incredible back-and-forth period of three minutes, but City's aggression came back to bite them.

Following a counter, they left themselves exposed at the back. Ronaldo took advantage of space that wouldn't have been there if City were playing for the draw, cut inside, and delivered a finish to the back post from 12 yards in the first minute of stoppage time. Hart got his hand to it and could have made a save, but he was screened by Kompany and reacted to the shot late.

Madrid didn't look much better than they did in a loss over the weekend, but they found a way to net three goals and take a crucial three points from Manchester City. The Citizens couldn't have expected points at the Bernabeu, but they'll be extremely disappointed at how they lost what would have been a stranglehold on their group in a span of just four minutes.

For more on the Merengues, head over to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid. For more on the Citizens, check out Manchester City blog Bitter and Blue. You can find our previous coverage of the game in our Real Madrid vs. Manchester City StoryStream. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.


Olympiakos Vs. Schalke, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Olympiakos are looking to narrow things up against Schalke by bringing on both Paulo Machado and David Fuster from the start, while the Königsblauen are doing the exact opposite. They've made two big changes to the team that they named at the weekend, bringing in Tranquillo Barnetta and Jefferson Farfan for Julian Draxler and Ibrahim Affelay. The two players coming into the side are much quicker and have more of a tendency to stay wide and hit in crosses than the men they're replacing.

Olympiakos starting lineup (4-3-3): Balazs Megyeri; Jose Holebas, Pablo Contreras, Kostas Manolas, Vasilis Torosidis; Francois Modesto, Giannis Maniatis, Paulo Machado; David Fuster, Rafik Djebbour, Djamel Abdoun

Schalke starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Lars Unnerstall; Christian Fuchs, Joel Matip, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Benedikt Höwedes; Tranquillo Barnetta, Jermaine Jones, Roman Neustädter, Jefferson Farfan; Lewis Holtby; Klass-Jan Huntelaar

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local time from Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens. You can catch the game on DirecTV Soccer in the U.S. on the Sky Sports Red Button in the U.K., and on Sportsnet World Plus in Canada.

You can find coverage of all of the games in our UEFA Champions League Tuesday StoryStream. For more on the entire world of soccer, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.


AC Milan Vs. Anderlecht, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Massimiliano Allegri continues to struggle with keeping key players fit: Alexandre Pato, Robinho, and Riccardo Montolivo are all out of action for AC Milan v Anderlecht, while Ignazio Abate is only fit enough for the bench. As such, Allegri has gone for a Christmas tree formation, choosing Giampaolo Pazzini, his only fit striker, alone up top.

Anderlecht line up in a 4-2-3-1 with Sacha Kljestan and Lucas Biglia in the middle. They'll miss Milan Jovanović in front due to suspension, his place taken by Dieumerci Mbokani.

AC Milan Starting Lineup (4-3-2-1): Christian Abbiati; Luca Antonini, Philippe Mexes, Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio; Antonio Nocerino, Nigel De Jong, Mathieu Flamini; Urby Emanuelson, Kevin-Prince Boateng; Giampaolo Pazzini.

Substitutes from: Marco Amelia, Ignazio Abate, Mario Yepes, Kevin Constant, Massimo Ambrosini, Bojan Krkic, Stephan El Shaarawy

Anderlecht Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Silvio Proto; Olivier Deschacht, Bram Nuytinck, Marcin Wasilewski, Guillaume Gillet; Sacha Kljestan, Lucas Biglia; Cheikhou Kouyate, Kanu, Massimo Bruno; Dieumerci Mbokani

Substitutes from: Thomas Kamiski, Behrang Safari, Roland Juhasz, Dennis Praet, Ronald Vargas, Oleksandr Yakovenko, Tom De Sutter


Montpellier Vs. Arsenal, UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Olivier Giroud returns to the Stade de la Mosson for the first time since his sale to Arsenal over the summer, hoping to down the team he led to a surprising Ligue 1 title last season. Montpellier, of course, will have other ideas, although without the magical presence of that eighth wonder of the world, John Utaka, they might not be able to power out a good result here.

Arsenal will be in good spirits after putting six past Southampton over the weekend, although Giroud didn't feature in that one -- they'll be hoping to get their striker his first goal as a Gunner here. Expect some feistiness if that does happen.

Montpellier starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Geoffrey Jourdren, Henry Bedimo, Hilton, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Garry Bocaly; Marco Estraba, Jamel Saihi; Remy Cabella, Younes Belhanda, Anthony Mounier; Souleymane Camara.

Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Vito Mannone; Kieran Gibbs, Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson; Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta; Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Gervinho; Olivier Giroud.


Real Madrid Vs. Manchester City: Five Questions to Ponder

As you prepare for kickoff between Manchester City and Real Madrid, here's five questions to consider concerning today's match.


AC Milan Vs. Anderlecht, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Preview And TV Schedule

AC Milan hosts Anderlecht at the San Siro, where they should be able to right their recent wrongs and grab a win.


Borussia Dortmund Vs. Ajax, UEFA Champions League: Preview And Schedule

Borussia Dortmund have last season's Champions League nightmare hanging over their heads, but they should have no problem against an overhauled Ajax team.


Dinamo Zagreb Vs. FC Porto, UEFA Champions League: Preview And Schedule

Dinamo Zagreb take on FC Porto as UEFA Champions League action kicks off. Can the visitors take a vital three points in Croatia?


PSG Vs. Dynamo Kiev, UEFA Champions League: Preview And Schedule

Big-money Paris Saint-Germain get their first real shot at Champions League glory. Can the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic fire them past Dynamo Kiev at the Parc des Princes?


Montpellier Vs. Arsenal, UEFA Champions League: Preview And Schedule

Arsenal will be looking to emerge from the Stade de la Mosson with a win, Olivier Giroud storyline or no.


Real Madrid Vs. Manchester City, UEFA Champions League: Preview And Schedule

It's the clash of the Group D titans as Manchester City travel to Spain to take on Cristiano Ronaldo and a suddenly-struggling Real Madrid.


Sergio Aguero Set To Return For Manchester City

Sergio Aguero is ready to play against Real Madrid, according to Blues manager Roberto Mancini.

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