Netherlands internationals Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay scored late goals as Schalke outclassed Arsenal to win 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, lifting the team above the English side to the top of Group B.
Sluggish in possession and impotent going forward, Arsenal was condemned to a first group-stage loss at home in more than nine years.
The biggest events of the first half were yellow cards and blocked shots, as both teams failed to put together passing moves. Afellay was booked for diving while trying to win a penalty on one occasion, while Santi Cazorla had more luck hitting Schalke defenders than the net or Lars Unnerstall.
Huntelaar fired Schalke in front after 76 minutes with a great low shot, assisted by Afellay with a knockdown header. Arsenal made a pair of desperation substitutions in response, and they were made to pay for them. Andrei Arshavin replaced Lukas Podolski, while Serge Gnabry came on for Carl Jenkinson. That second substitution proved to be the ill-advised one.
In the 86th minute, Jefferson Farfan made a run down the right flank and hit a low cross to the back post. Waiting there, in the place Jenkinson probably would have been if he was on the pitch, was Afellay to apply a simple tap-in and seal victory for the visitors.
Arsenal have now lost twice and failed to score in two straight matches in all competitions.
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Ajax 3-1 Manchester City
Ajax stunned Manchester City 3-1 in a Champions League group stage match on Wednesday through goals from Siem de Jong, Niklas Moisander and man of the match Christian Eriksen.
Ajax put the visitors under pressure from the start, but City scored on a counter attack in the 22nd minute when Samir Nasri was left unmarked and slotted home easily. But De Jong equalized just before halftime, volleying a cross past England international Joe Hart in the City goal.
Moisander rose perfectly to meet a corner by Eriksen in the 57th to give the home side its first lead. Eriksen then evaded several defenders to score in the 68th, when his shot deflected off Gael Clichy.
The result sees Ajax leapfrog City into third place in Group D with three points from three games while City remains on 1 point.
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Borrusia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid
Madrid defended in numbers but fell behind to Robert Lewandowski’s goal late in the first half, but the lead lasted barely a minute with Cristiano Ronaldo equalizing from a deft lob.
Defender Marcel Schmelzer scored Dortmund’s winner to extend Madrid’s terrible record in Germany. The Spanish side has now lost 17 of 24 games in Germany against a German opponent— and the only win was a 3-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen in 2000. Dortmund tops Group D with seven points, one more than Madrid.
Malaga 1-0 AC Milan
AC Milan, which lost its past two Serie A matches to drop to 15th place in the standings, got one reprieve but not a second as Joaquin Sanchez made up for a penalty miss by scoring the second-half winner. The Spanish side is in control of Group C with nine points.
Milan is still in a decent position to qualify as it has four points, one more than Zenit St. Petersburg, which beat Anderlecht 1-0 at home thanks to Alexander Kerzhakov’s second-half penalty — his 200th career goal. Anderlecht is last with one point.
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