#UCL: Porto sink Chelsea, Arsenal lose to Olympiakos

Cheslea were beaten by Porto 2-1 while Arsenal succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos.

Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. Picture: Chelsea FC/Facebook.

LONDON - Jose Mourinho suffered a nightmare homecoming as Porto, the club he led to the Champions League title in 2004, inflicted a 2-1 defeat on his woefully out-of-sorts Chelsea side in Group G on Tuesday.

Manager Mourinho sprang a surprise before the game by leaving out Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Oscar and the Londoners went behind after 39 minutes when Yacine Brahimi produced a surging run down the left and Andre Andre scored.

Brazil playmaker Willian equalised with the last move of the first half, curling a delightful free kick into the top corner of the net from 25 metres.

Porto then went back in front seven minutes after the break when Maicon stooped low at the near post to head a left-wing corner past keeper Asmir Begovic.

Diego Costa was agonisingly close to a second goal for Chelsea when his wicked drive from 25 metres hit the underside of the bar and came out.

But Chelsea, who won the Premier League last season but are struggling in 14th place in their domestic championship this term, could have fallen further behind at the Estadio do Dragao.

Porto laid siege to the visitor' goal in the last 20 minutes and Begovic had to be at his best to keep his team in the game.

Overall, though, Porto were deserving winners as they joined Dynamo Kiev at the top of the group with four points from two games. Chelsea are on three while Maccabi Tel Aviv have yet to get off the mark.

Mourinho blamed his team's fifth defeat of the season on two bad moments.

"We watched dozens and dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners," he explained. "We were completely ready for that and in a moment when the game is under control we concede a goal that is ridiculous.

"They hit the post from a similar mistake. Apart from that the game was balanced. Two ridiculous moments and we were punished."

Victory was especially sweet for Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas as the former Real Madrid stalwart broke fellow Spaniard Xavi's all-time Champions League record by featuring in his 152nd game in the competition.

GUNNERS NEAR GROUP STAGE EXIT

Arsenal's hopes of advancing from the Champions' League group stage for the 16th straight season were left dangling by a thread after they lost an astonishing clash 3-2 to visiting Olympiakos Piraeus on Tuesday.

The Gunners have now lost their opening two group matches for the first time ever following their 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago and are bottom of Group F, six points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who they have to play twice.

Olympiakos, whose 12 previous visits to England since 1965 all ended in defeat, scored as many goals in this match as they had managed in the last 50 years in England, and have three points along with Dinamo, who were beaten 5-0 at Bayern.

The defeat left Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a tetchy mood when he faced the media at the post-match news conference.

His team selection was criticised when they played in Zagreb and he came under renewed questioning after this loss especially about his decision to play No.2 stopper David Ospina instead of first choice Petr Cech. He was unusually curt with his answers.

"I make the decisions and the selections for the team and I am responsible for it. I know many things that maybe you don't know and maybe ignore," he said.

"You cannot select the team by making a poll before the game and getting everyone's opinion."

"It leaves us in a bad position but we are still in it," added Wenger. "We have to think we can beat Zagreb here and Olympiakos away from home and get a result in our next game against Bayern at home, but we are not out of it."

ALL RESULTS

Group E

Barcelona 2-1 Bayer Levkn

BATE Bor 3-2 Roma

Group F

Arsenal 2-3 Olympiakos

Bayern Mun 5-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Group G

FC Porto 2-1 Chelsea

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 Dynamo Kiev

Group H

Lyon 0-1 Valencia

Zenit St P 2-1 KAA Gent