December 11, 2013
Messi scores but Barca held to draw, Arsenal suffer defeat
A Lionel Messi strike saw Barcelona maintain their two point lead at the top of Group H after drawing 1-1 at AC Milan in the Champions League.
The Argentine, making his first start after a muscle injury had kept him out of action for three weeks, struck in the 23rd minute with a fine finish to a breakaway move to cancel out Robinho's stylish ninth minute opener, which came during a frantic opening period of pressure from the home side.
Barcelona moved up to seven points, with unbeaten Milan in second spot on five, two ahead of Celtic who beat Ajax 2-1 in Glasgow.
Barca dominated the second half against a tired Milan, but despite a couple of good chances couldn't make the most of their possession and had to settle for a point.Robert Lewandowski's late volleyed winner, meanwhile, threw Champions League Group F wide open as Borussia Dortmund heaped more German misery on Arsenal with a 2-1 victory at Emirates Stadium.
The match appeared to be petering out into a draw when the unmarked Pole was picked out at the far post by Kevin Grosskreutz in the 82nd minute and he smashed the ball past his countryman Wojiech Szczesny to seal the three points that put Dortmund level on six points with the Gunners.WEDNESDAY'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS
Schalke 04 0-3 Chelsea
Steaua Bucharest 1-1 FC Basel
Marseille 1-2 Napoli
Arsenal 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Austria Vienna 0-3 Atletico Madrid
Porto 0-1 Zenit St Petersburg
Milan 1-1 Barcelona
Celtic 2-1 Ajax