Arsenal Champions League report: Dortmund lose, Napoli thumped, Marseille leave it late

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

Every week we will take a look at how Arsenal’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 be taking place over the coming months.

Borussia Dortmund:

The German side suffered their second defeat in a week, following up their 1-0 loss to Arsenal with a 2-1 reverse away to Wolfsburg.

Marco Reus put Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead in first-half injury-time, but Ricardo Rodriguez equalised nine minutes after the re-start.

Ivica Olic later scored what proved to be the winner, giving Wolfsburg their fourth straight victory.

Reus almost levelled late on, but his free-kick came back off the woodwork.

The result means Dortmund are now four points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, and level on points with third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Napoli:

Napoli dropped league points for only the third time this season, losing 3-0 away to Juventus.

The result means the reigning Italian champions are now three points ahead of Rafa Benitez’s side.

Fernando Llorente opened the scoring after just two minutes, netting from close range after a penalty box scramble. But as scrappy as the opening goal was, the next two were sublime.

First Andrea Pirlo rifled home a fantastic free-kick with 16 minutes to play, and just six minutes later Paul Pogba scored an outstanding volley from outside the box, flicking the ball up and smashing it past Pepe Reina.

While Juventus climb ever closer to Serie A leaders Roma, Napoli are now four points off the pace.

Marseille:

The French side left it late to beat Sochaux 2-1 on Sunday, with an 83rd-minute penalty proving decisive.

Marseille took the lead just five minutes into the match courtesy of Florian Thauvin. But the visitors equalised just short of the hour mark, when Emmanuel Mayuka curled a fantastic strike past Steve Mandanda.

With time running out, and the points set to be shared, Mathieu Peybernes handled in the area, the referee pointed to the spot, and Andre-Pierre Gignac slotted home.

The result means Marseille are currently fifth in Ligue 1 going into the international break.

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