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Champions League Round 4: Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic in action

The fourth round of group stage matches can throw up a few surprises because it’s a round when some sides can reach the magic 10 point mark that tends to secure qualification for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately none of the British clubs involved took the kick-off in sight of the qualification mark.

Arsenal’s domestic season could be a lot better than it currently is but they’re in a tough Champions League group and they started the night two results away from qualification for the last 16. After four strikes on goal, one of which was converted on the 62nd minute by in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey from Mesut Ozil's looping cross ball, the Gunners moved closer to the last 16. Borussia Dortmund had 15 chances and ended the match by surrounding referee Bjorn Kuipers after he failed to give the home side a penalty. Chelsea went into their Group E match with Schalke looking to consolidate their position at the top of the group and bounce back from the 2-0 loss they suffered at Newcastle at the weekend. Samuel Eto'o, who replaced Fernando Torres upfront, took the first two goals. Demba Ba’s 82nd minute strike capped the win for the Londoners in a 3-0 result that kept Chelsea at the top of their group.

The Scottish Premiership leaders went into their Group H clash with Ajax in third place with just 4 points to their name so they needed a positive result in order to progress. In the build-up to the match, Celtic fans were told to be “extra vigilant” after a group of travelling Celtic supporters were attacked in a city-centre bar on Tuesday night, but no one passed on the “extra vigilance” message to the sides defence who were unable to stop a Lasse Schone goal which resulted from a skilful display of one-touch passing between Schone, Siem de Jong, Thulani Serero and Davy Klaassen.

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