Dean Mouhtaropoulos

UEFA Champions League: Giants fall on upset-loaded Wednesday

All of Manchester City, Arsenal, AC Milan and Real Madrid lost in an incredible Wednesday of Champions League action.

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Jackson Martinez brace leads Porto past Dynamo

Jackson Martinez scored twice to lift Porto past Dynamo Kiev in a Champions League barnburner.


Joaquin leads Malaga past slumping Milan

Joaquin made up for his missed penalty in the first half with a second half goal that upended AC Milan.


Nightmare week continues at the Emirates

Schalke have had one of the best weeks in their recent history, while Arsenal have had one of their worst. Die Königsblauen followed up their derby win with a win at the Emirates.


Dortmund get deserved win over shaky Real Madrid

Some poor goalkeeping from Iker Casillas handed a win to Borussia Dortmund, but it was a well-deserved win on the balance of play.


Olympiakos shocks Montpellier with two late goals

Olympiakos took advantage of awful defending from Montpellier, scoring two late goals to get a big away victory


PSG wins despite themselves

PSG wasted more chances than they finished, but Zagreb's lack of attack allowed the French side to cruise to an easy victory


City embarrassed in Amsterdam

Manchester City are all but out of Champions League, thanks to their disastrous performance against Ajax in Amsterdam.


De Jong pulls Ajax level with City

For the third Champions League game in a row, Manchester City will fail to keep a clean sheet. They exploited a porous Ajax defense early on, but fell asleep in the closing minutes of the first half and conceded, allowing Ajax to equalize and send the match into halftime tied 1-1.

Ajax have had more of the possession, while City have attempted to play on the counter. Their goal came from Samir Nasri, who finished off a quick move started by Micah Richards. The City right back found James Milner in the center, and he laid out wide for Nasri, who placed an exquisite finish past Kenneth Vermeer.

Siem De Jong both scored and started the move to create Ajax's 45th minute equalizer. From deep in midfield, he sprayed a ball out wide to Ricardo van Rhijn, who played a low cross into the box. De Jong made a perfect run that wasn't tracked and placed an impressive finish past Joe Hart at the near post from 15 yards out.


Malaga look to prove they're for real

Malaga will be looking to prove their strong start to the Champions League is not a fluke as they face their apparent biggest rival in the group. Milan have been up and down this year and will be looking build off their win over Zenit.

Malaga's main adjustment in Ignacio Camacho dropping from the midfield to fullback with Nacho Monreal unavailable to to injury. Otherwise, it's essentially the same lineup that has rolled through Malaga's first two Champions League matches.

Milan have switched up their lineup to a 3-4-3 formation in an apparent attempt to shake things up a bit apparently. Stephan El Shaarawy, the youngest ever UCL goal scorer for Milan starts up front and will be looking to build on his solid performance against Zenit earlier in the month.

Malaga starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Willy; Jesús Gámez, Weligton, Martín Demichelis, Ignacio Camacho; Joaquín Sánchez, Manuel Iturra; Eliseu, Isco, Francisco Portillo; Javier Saviola.

AC Milan starting lineup (3-4-3): Marco Amelia; Daniele Bonera, Philippe Mexès, Francesco Acerbi; Mattia De Sciglio, Riccardo Montolivo, Massimo Ambrosini, Kévin Constant; Urby Emanuelson, Giampaolo Pazzini, Stephan El Shaarawy.


Porto vs. Dynamo Kiev: Lineups

James Rodriguez starts for Porto as they host Dynamo Kiev in Portugal.


Džeko awarded start as City faces a must win match

This one is pretty simple. City need a win and Ajax can all but ruin the English club's Champions League campaign by denying them full points.

Roberto Mancini has rewarded Edin Džeko with the start after his recent excellent form that included two late goals in City's comeback win over West Brom on the weekend. No major surprises otherwise, though Samir Nasri will have the job of filling the role left by the injury to David Silva.

Ajax role out the exact same lineup they've used in their first two Champions League matches, with the former Liverpool man Ryan Babel leading the attack.

Ajax starting lineup (4-1-4-1): Kenneth Vermeer; Toby Aldenweireld, Niklas Moisander, Daley Blind, Ricardo Van Rhijn; Christian Poulsen, Christian Eriksen, Siem De Jong, Lasse Schöne; Tobias Sana, Ryan Babel.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Gaël Clichy; James Milner, Gareth Barry; Samir Nasri, Yaya Touré; Sergio Agüero, Edin Džeko.


Zenit less than impressive, still earn win

A lackluster Zenit side won a penalty to grab a much needed three points from Anderlecht.


Koscielny not starting, Arsenal fans rejoice?

Arsenal are coming off a shockingly poor 1-0 loss at Norwich City in the EPL, so they'll need to get things turned around quickly against a Schalke side that is flying high after taking down their rivals Borussia Dortmund on the weekend.

Arsene Wenger has made a couple changes from the side that beat Olympiakos 3-1 in their last Champions League. Laurent Koscielny has been dropped in favor of Per Mertesacker, a move that should bother no one. Aaron Ramsey gets the start in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs is replaced at fullback by André Santos. Hard to really find any fault with those decisions.

For Schalke, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Julian Draxler and Teemu Pukki, all of whom started in the 2-2 draw with Montpellier, have been dropped. Joël Matip, Jefferson Farfán and Ibrahim Afellay take their spots.

Arsenal starting lineups (4-2-3-1): Vito Mannone; Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, André Santos; Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta; Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Gervinho

Schalke 04 starting lineups (4-2-3-1): Lars Unnerstall; Atsuto Uchida, Joël Matip, Benedikt Höwedes, Christian Fuchs; Marco Höger, Roman Neustädter; Jefferson Farfán, Lewis Holtby, Ibrahim Afellay; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.


Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: Lineups

Karim Benzema and Mesut Özil start for Real Madrid as they take on Borussia Dortmund.


FC Porto look to maintain perfect record

The Dragons will expect to maintain their perfect record against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.


PSG expecting win in Croatia

Don't expect Dinamo Zagreb to grab their first points of the competition against Paris Saint-Germain.


Both Olympiakos, Montpellier need three points

Both sides are in desperate need of all three points to keep pace with Group B's leaders.


Arsenal, Schalke going in different directions

Schalke are flying high after a derby win, while Arsenal disappointed their fans in an upset loss this weekend. Could both sides' fortunes get reversed on Wednesday?


Madrid, Dortmund both injury-riddled

Can Madrid and Dortmund overcome their injury troubles to live up to the marquee billing of their match?


Zenit need win against Anderlecht

Zenit have no points from their first two matches and are in dire need of a victory over Anderlecht.


City are desperate for three points against Ajax

Manchester City will attempt to get their Champions League campaign back on track as they travel to Ajax looking for their first group stage win of the season


Malaga look to increase Milan's misery

Malaga have begun their Champions League campaign with a perfect record, but they'll face their toughest test yet against AC Milan.

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