By KEVIN KOCZWARA
Aaron Ramsey’s sensational season for Arsenal continued on Wednesday.
Ramsey scored the only goal at the Westfalenstadion, giving Arsenal a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League group match. The Welsh midfielder scored shortly after the hour-mark and Arsenal held firm defensively to knock off the German giants.
The win over Dortmund puts Arsenal at the top of Group F with nine points. The Gunners are ahead of Napoli, which beat Marseille 3-2 on Wednesday, on goal differential.
Ramsey’s goal came in the 62nd minute after Mesuit Ozil looped a cross towards Dortmund’s back post, where Olivier Giroud was stationed to head the ball down to Ramsey for Arsenal’s first shot of the night. The goal was Ramsey’s 13th of the season in all competitions.
In Madrid, Atletico continued its impressive start to the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Austria Vienna, clinching a spot in the knockout rounds. Vienna, last in Group G, seemingly had no chance against an Atletico side that has only lost once this season in all competitions.
Atletico defender Miranda opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a left-footed shot following a corner and the home side never looked back. Atletico is now five points clear of Zenit St. Petersburg and Porto, which drew 1-1 earlier in the day, and look set to top Group F if they don’t lose their way in their final two games.
Barcelona took control of Group H with a 3-1 defeat of AC Milan thanks to a pair of goals from Lionel Messi, who emerged from a mini-scoring draught that lasted four games.
Messi’s brace against Milan puts him within six goals shy of the Champions League’s all-time goal-scorer Raul. The Argentine has scored 65 goals in the competition over his illustrious career.
Here’s a full rundown of Wednesday’s results:
Chelsea 2-0 Schalke 04
FC Basel 1-1 Steaua Bucuresti
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Arsenal
Napoli 3-2 Marseille
Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 FC Porto
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Austria Vienna
Ajax 1-0 Celtic
Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan
What did you think of these results? Which of these matches stood out to you? Impressed by Athletico Madrid’s early season form? Disappointed in Borussia Dortmund? Are Arsenal for real? And who will come out of Group F?
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