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And that, my Champions League friends, is that for matchday two. Thank you very much for following. We’ll be back right here from 16:00 BST on Thursday for more European action, including Krasnodar v Everton and Tottenham v Besiktas, from the Europa League. Cheerio and see you then!
Before we head off, one final nod in the direction of the reports and ratings from tonight's matches...
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Malmo 2-0 Olympiakos
Basel 1-0 Liverpool
Ludogorets 1-2 Real Madrid
Zenit 0-0 Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Benfica
Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray
Anderlecht 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
There was an element of luck after a slip from Joe Hart, but the moment of matchday two has to go to Francesco Totti. The 38-year-old became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history with a cool chip over Hart to gain a point for Roma against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Who else but Danny Welbeck? Played out of position by Manchester United and not wanted by Louis van Gaal, but off to a flyer with new club Arsenal. It’s early days but, as many predicted, his run of regular games and switch to the centre is already seeing the Gunners get the best out of the 23-year-old.
BANDWAGON ALERT: Mario Balotelli. The striker just hasn’t been good enough for Liverpool. He has only scored once - in the win over Ludogorets - in six games and offered little else. The naysayers after his shock summer signing have been proved right so far...
5 - Arsenal have collected five red cards in their last seven European matches (inc. qualifiers). Wayward.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2014
"I was always told by my mother 'if you've not got anything nice to say about somebody, don't say anything at all'," Liverpool legend Graeme Souness said on the performance of Mario Balotelli. OUCH! But how did we rate the Italian? Check out player ratings from tonight's games below...
Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray | Basel 1-0 Liverpool
Borussia Dortmund lead the way after two matches with six points and an impressive goal difference of plus five. Arsenal are back on form and back in the goals thanks to a hat-trick from Danny Welbeck (who forgot the match ball!) but will be disappointed with the dismissal of Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray | Anderlecht 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
Benfica face an uphill task to make the last 16 after losing 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen to fall to a second defeat already. Zenit and Monaco, having played out the most boring match in the history of association football a little earlier, top the group.
Zenit 0-0 Monaco | Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Benfica
Steven Gerrard = not happy. And with every right. Liverpool were poor once again and are clearly missing the quality of Daniel Sturridge and, dare I say it, Luis Suarez going forward (not helped by Raheem Sterling having one of the worst matches of his career so far). In the group’s other game, Ludogorets came oh so close to causing an upset against Real Madrid...
Basel 1-0 Liverpool | Ludogorets 1-2 Real Madrid
Recap time. Two HUGE results in Group A. Beaten 2013-14 finalists Atletico Madrid became the first team to score against Juventus this season with a 1-0 win over the Serie A champions. As for Olympiakos, they failed to follow up their shock win over Atletico and fell to a shock defeat of their own against Malmo.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Juventus | Malmo 2-0 Olympiakos
More from Steven Gerrard: "We were second best at times. Against an okay team, I wouldn't say we were played off the park or they were fantastic but we made it easy for them. We wanted something out of this game, at least a draw. We came for the win and I expected us to win and so it's very disappointing."
Frowns and scowls aplenty as Steven Gerrard gives his assessment on that Liverpool performance. “We didn’t deserve anything from this game today,” the brutally honest Reds captain tells Sky Sports. “We were too soft all over the pitch. They wanted it more.”
Tom Webber reports: “So, that is two wins from two in this Champions League campaign for Real Madrid, but Ludogorets can be delighted with their displays despite suffering two defeats. Madrid sit top of Group B with six points, while the hosts lie at the foot of the group.”
More from Brendan Rodgers to Sky Sports: "I think he's gaining lots of experience. He's still a young player, he worked very hard tonight, he obviously had a task on his hands on that side of the field and he got into some real good positions... He's still only 19 and he's an exceptional talent."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to Sky Sports: "(He) worked hard, needs to do more. That's the simplicity of it. Mario will be judged on what he creates and what he scores and he didn't score."
Simon Harrison reports: “Arsenal wrap up a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League, with a hat-trick from Danny Welbeck and a solitary goal from Alexis Sanchez overcoming a penalty from Burak Yilmaz. Wojciech Szczesny received a red card, but otherwise Arsene Wenger celebrated his 18th anniversary in the job in style.”
Tom Maston reports: “That's one win inside 90 minutes in Liverpool's last six matches, and Brendan Rodgers must seriously look at the make-up of his side and decide which players are good enough and which are not. Basel have picked up a significant scalp, though. They move level on points with Liverpool after two matches.”
4 - Basel have won each of their last four Champions League games against English sides. Faulty.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2014
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