Atletico de Madrid hosted Olympiakos for their Group A match. Important game for the Spaniards as they needed a win to secure their presence into the next stage of Champions League. The final result went the Spaniards way with a convincing 4 - 0 victory that included a HAT-TRICK by Mandzukic. Atletico could now finish top of Group A if they can draw/win their next match against Juventus, or lose by just one goal.
A totally different story from the last time they meet in Athens, with At. Madrid dominating on all fronts with their habitual intensity, pressure Football & and their Croatian Forward Mandzukic in tune.
Goals fell in the following order:
- Raul Garcia 9th min, 1 - 0
- Mandzukic 38th min, 2 - 0
- Mandzukic 62nd min, 3 - 0
- Mandzukic 65th min, 4 - 0
Basel FC hosted Real Madrid for their Group B match. The final result was a 0 - 1 win to Real Madrid, thus securing top spot of the Group & notching up their 15th straight win. However, misleading was the result as the locals gave the visitors a run for their money that could have given Real Madrid a surprise.
Basel lost but showed they are a tough nut to crack with a solid defence, aggressive & brave that was perhaps let down by some less than effective finishing. They created & had goal chances in the second half & made Real Madrid sweat to keep them out.
The winner came in the 34th min when Benzema did his magic running the left wing to the corner line to find an incoming Cristiano Ronaldo who fired home.
In conclusion, a tough night at the office for Real Madrid, but the job was done.