BATE Borisov earned a shock Champions League win at home to Roma on Tuesday night – thanks in la...
BATE Borisov earned a shock Champions League win at home to Roma on Tuesday night – thanks in large to a goalkeeping howler from Wojciech Szczesny.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper was caught in no man's land in the 12th minute and was subsequently beaten by Filip Mladenovic from 40 yards to double the hosts' lead.
Belarusian outfit had earlier gone ahead via Igor Stasevic and another Mladenovic effort meant they went in at the break three goals to the good.
Ivorian forward Gervinho and Vassilios Torosidis responded for Roma in the second half but BATE held on to earn their first win of the group stages.
Elsewhere, Russian side Zenit St Petersburg soared to the top of Group H with a 2-1 victory against Gent.
Valencia grabbed second spot in the same group after beating French Ligue 1 side Lyon with a first-half strike from Algerian forward Sofiane Feghouli.
There was also victory for Dynamo Kiev who put two past Maccabi Tel-Aviv to seal the win.
In other games, Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a shock 3-2 defeat to Olympiacos in their Group F clash at Emirates Stadium.
After a defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in their opener two weeks ago, the Gunners really needed to take maximum points against the Greeks with home and away games against Bayern Munich up next.
Goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez twice drew Arsenal level, but Alfreo Finnbogason 66th-minute winner earned the Olympiacos the win.
Chelsea’s miserable start to the season continued with a disappointing 2-1 Champions League defeat at Jose Mourinho’s former club Porto.
Chelsea lost to Porto on Mourinho’s first return in 2004-05 and history repeated itself at Estadio do Dragao as Andre Andre and Maicon scored either side of Willian’s free-kick in the Group G clash.
Eden Hazard dropped to the substitutes bench alongside captain John Terry and Nemanja Matic as Mourinho proved there were no untouchables in his squad.
His hardline approach also followed his outspoken criticism of his players’ attitude, but Mourinho’s words did not have the desired effect as Chelsea looked vulnerable throughout.