Chelsea Champions League report: Steaua remain unbeaten; Schalke in six-goal thriller

We continue our weekly reports detailing Chelsea's Champions League opponents' results and form.

Every week we will take a look at how Chelsea’s Champions League opponents have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will take place in the coming months.

Steaua Bucharest:

The Romanian side continued their unbeaten start to their league campaign with a 3-0 home win against ACS Poli Timisoara on Saturday.

Striker Federico Piovaccari continued his recent scoring form, netting midway through the first half. Nicolae Stanciu doubled the lead five minutes before half-time, before midfielder Adrian Popa ended the scoring (and the match as a contest) in the 76th minute.

The result sees Steaua remain three points clear of FC Astra at the top of Liga 1.

FC Basel:

The Swiss side climbed to the top of their domestic league following a 2-2 draw at home to Sion.

Vilmos Vanczak put Sion ahead after just three minutes, and the score-line remained 1-0 until seven minutes into the second half, when Valentin Stocker equalised.

Mohamed Salah put Basel ahead and as the clock ticked into the final three minutes it appeared the home had secured all three points, only for substitute Ebenezer Assifuah to rescue a point for the visitors.

The result sees Basel above second-placed Grasshoppers by a point, while Sion are just one place above the relegation zone.


Schalke played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday. However, they will be disappointed not to have picked up all three points after twice having a two-goal lead.

Kevin-Prince Boateng put Schalke in the lead after just three minutes and Joel Matip made it two ten minutes later.

Anthony Modeste halved the deficit after 16 minutes, before Marco Hoger ensured the visitors went in at half time two goals clear.

Three minutes into the second half Roberto Firmino scored for Hoffenheim from the penalty spot. And the hosts ultimately drew level shortly after the hour mark, courtesy of a David Abraham free-kick.

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