August 14, 2020

Chelsea and Arsenal suffer Champions League defeats.


By Derrick Kiplagat

Chelsea’s nightmares continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Portuguese side FC Porto in their Champions League clash at the Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday night. London giants Arsenal suffered the same fate as Olympiakos beat them 3-2 at the Emirates stadium, a second defeat in as many matches in the Champions League.

Chelsea vs Porto
Andre Andre volleyed in Poro’s first goal after Asmir Begovic had parried away Yacine Brahimi’s effort. Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Willian equalized on the stroke of half time with a stunning free kick from the edge of the penalty area.

Maicon put the home side ahead again with a flicked header at the front post, before Diego Costa saw his curled effort rattle the woodwork. Cesc Fabregas and Pedro both forced Spain team mate Iker Casillas into fine saves, on his record 152nd appearance in the European competition.

Despite Chelsea’s stellar display in the early stages of the game, and a late penalty claim for a handball by Ivan Marcano, they went back to London with zero points.

Arsenal vs Olympiakos
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s hopes of progressing to the next stage of the competition are in jeopardy after they suffered a second defeat at home to Olympiakos. The Gunners’ display was summed up by a wretched first-half own goal conceded by David Ospina who was preferred to Petr Cech in goal, when he dropped Kostas Fortune’s corner into his own net after Theo Walcott had equalized Felipe Pardo’s deflected shot. Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal hope with a 65th minute header only for Alfred Finnbogason to restore Olympiacos’ lead within a minute. Arsenal now face a tough task as they are also set to meet German giants Bayern Munich who are at the top of Group F.

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