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MOSCOW---Jose Mourinho s sea-
son took another turn for the worse
on a night of surprises in the
With Chelsea floundering in 14th
in the English Premier League, a win
at Porto yesterday would have been
a much-needed boost, but instead
Mourinho watched a 2-1 defeat at
the hands of the club he led to the
Champions League title in 2004.
Mourinho said his team paid the
price for "two ridiculous mistakes"
in defense as Yacine Brahimi and
Maicon s goals powered the Por-
tuguese team to victory.
Arsenal fared no better than its
London rival, losing 3-2 at home to
Olympiakos. That leaves Arsenal
bottom of Group F with rapidly
shrinking hopes of qualifying for the
knockout stages. Another surprise
was in store in Belarus, where Bate
Borisov upset Roma 3-2.
However, Barcelona pulled off a
dramatic escape to avoid defeat
against Bayer Leverkusen, scoring
in the 80th and 82nd minutes to
turn defeat into a 2-1 home victo-
"We are the European champions
and we knew that in the second half
we had to show it," said Luis Suarez,
who scored the winner.
Here is a look at yesterday s
Champions League matches.
Barcelona s dramatic comeback
was achieved without Lionel Messi,
who is set to miss two months with
a torn knee ligament, and the team s
injury worries grew when Andres
Iniesta was forced off in the second
half with an apparent thigh injury.
Sergi Roberto poked in the
rebound of a strike by fellow sub-
stitute Munir El Haddadi to equalise
in the 80th, and two minutes later
El Haddadi passed for Luis Suarez
to drive in the winner, sending
Barcelona top of the group.
Leverkusen outplayed the
defending champions for an hour
and looked set to take revenge for
its 7-1 loss last time the German
side visited Camp Nou in 2012
when Messi scored a record five
Defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos
scored the opener in the 22nd, but
Leverkusen faded late and didn t
have the legs to keep up with
Barcelona s reinforcements.
Also in Group E, Bate Borisov
beat Roma 3-2.
Bate was widely expected to be
a serial loser in Group E, but two
goals from left-back Filip Mlade-
novic powered the Belarusian team
to a surprise victory. Roma staged
a second-half comeback with goals
from Gervinho and Vasilis Torosidis,
but was denied a point when
Alessandro Florenzi s shot hit the
crossbar late on.
Barcelona rose to the top of the
group with four points, followed
by Leverkusen and Bate Borisov
with three each. Roma is last with
A goalkeeping blunder by David
Ospina helped Olympiakos beat
Arsenal 3-2, leaving the Gunners
in real danger of its first group-
stage exit in 16 years.
Ospina fumbled a corner over
his line to give the visitors a 2-1
first-half lead, and substitute
Alfred Finnbogason scored the
winner in the 66th minute---almost
immediately after Alexis Sanchez
had drawn Arsenal level.
Arsenal, which has advanced
past the first group stage every
year since 2001, has now lost both
its opening games---and still has
two meetings with Group F leader
Bayern Munich to come. Bayern
beat Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 to take a
tight grip on first place in the
"It leaves us in a bad position,
but we are still in it," Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger said. "We have
to make a result in our next game
against Bayern at home. We are
not out of it." Wenger rested first-
choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, just
as in the opening 2-1 loss at
In Munich, Dinamo never came
close to repeating that victory in
a one-sided game. Bayern was up
by four goals after 28 minutes in
a comfortable win that saw a hat
trick for Robert Lewandowski and
goals for Douglas Costa and Mario
Chelsea s miserable start to the
season opened a new chapter as it
lost top spot in Group G with a 2-
1 defeat at FC Porto.
Jose Mourinho s former club went
ahead in the 39th when Yacine
Brahimi beat Branislav Ivanovic and
Gary Cahill on the left, with goal-
keeper Asmir Begovic pushing away
Brahimi s shot only as far as Andre
Andre who fired a first-time volley
into the net.
Willian leveled with a curling free-
kick in first-half added time as Iker
Casillas, making a competition record
152nd appearance, didn t even move.
Maicon sealed it in the 52nd, put-
ting the Portuguese club level with
group leader Dynamo Kiev on four
points, one ahead of Chelsea, which
is also struggling in the Premier
In Israel, Dynamo cruised to a 2-
0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, which
is yet to score a goal in this season s
group stage. Andriy Yarmolenko put
the Ukrainian team ahead in the
fourth minute, before Junior Moraes
struck five minutes into the second
Hulk delivered a man of the match
performance as Zenit St. Petersburg
made it two wins from two matches
in Group H with a 2-1 defeat of Gent.
Hulk had two assists while Artem
Dzyuba scored his first Champions
League goal and Oleg Shatov notched
Meanwhile, Valencia got its cam-
paign back on track with a 1-0 win
at Lyon following an opening home
loss to Zenit.
Midfielder Thomas Matton scored
his fourth goal in three games for
Gent, equalizing in the 56th minute,
but Shatov ended Gent s 12-game
unbeaten start to the season.
Zenit remains on top of Group H
with six points, three more than
Valencia. Lyon and Gent have one
In Lyon, Sofiane Feghouli s pow-
erful strike in the 42nd minute was
left unanswered despite the hosts
heavy pressure in the second half.
But a lack of cutting edge and two
excellent saves from Valencia keeper
Jaume Domenech sealed Lyon s fate.
Lyon could have taken the lead in
the 27th minute when Mathieu Val-
buena s curled free kick forced
Domenech to tip the ball onto his
post. Valencia also hit the woodwork
twice before the interval. (AP)
Chelsea's struggles continue, Arsenal loses again
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during a Champions League Group E
football match between Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.
Barcelona won 2-1. AP PHOTO
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