The Bundesliga did itself some favors with solid wins in mid week Champions League play. Bayern started off with an easy win at Lille. The Müncheners were clearly the superior team, but didn’t seem too motivated, especially after taking lead. This allowed the French to at least get some decent play, although for the most part Bayern’s victory wasn’t in too much trouble.
Schalke gave a strong performance in England – where they had never won in European competition. They completely outplayed a lame Arsenal squad. The Blues created some good chances, but perhaps they didn’t realize that Arse was an emperor with no clothes. When they finally took notice, they banged in a couple of goals that gave them a nice victory.
Dortmund however gets the biggest scalp, as they defeated Real Madrid in an exciting match. The Signal-Iduna was sold out, but a lower capacity due to UEFA regulations. The Galacticos started brightly, but the Neons were up to the challenge and gradually began to assert control. In the 2nd half, they dominated and were eventually rewarded with a deserved winner.
FC Arsenal - FC Schalke 04 0:2 (0:0) 60,049 0:1 Huntelaar (76., Afellay) 0:2 Afellay (86., Farfan) Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid 2:1 (1:1) 65,829 1:0 Lewandowski (36.,Kehl) 1:1 Cristiano Ronaldo (38., Özil) 2:1 Schmelzer (64.) Lille OSC - Bayern München 0:1 (0:1) 45,259 0:1 T. Müller (20., penalty, Lahm)