The Champions League getting underway this week and Arsenal's Group H opponents Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga and Partizan Belgrade were all in League action over the weekend.

Throughout Arsenal's European campaign, our weekly Euro Watch feature will check on the progress of the Gunners' European opponents in their domestic leagues.

Sporting Braga

Porto 3-2 Sporting Braga
Saturday, September 11
Arsenal’s first Champions League opponents Sporting Braga suffered a 3-2 away defeat at the hands of Portuguese Liga leaders Porto on Saturday. A brace from Silvestre Varela and a goal from Hulk inflicted Braga’s first defeat of the new season. Domingos Paciência's side had led 2-1 thanks to goals from Luis Aguiar and Lima, but they couldn’t hold on. Braga go into the game at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday fourth in the League table, five points behind Porto.


Shakhtar Donetsk

Obolon 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Friday, Septmeber 10
Shakhtar Donetsk lost their first game of the season when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Obolon on Friday evening. Pavlo Khudzik scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute to finally condemn Mircea Lucescu's side to defeat in their ninth game of the Ukrainian Premier League. Furthermore, striker Fernandinho suffered a broken leg during the match and is expected to be out for several months. Despite the defeat Shakhtar remain two points clear of nearest rivals Dynamo Kyiv at the top of the League.

Partizan Belgrade

FK Partizan 3-0 FK Rad Beograd
Saturday, September 11
Partizan Belgrade maintained their 100 per cent start to their Serbian Super Liga season with a 3-0 victory over FK Rad Beograd on Saturday. Three goals after the break gave Partizan their fourth win out of four to continue an impressive start to the new campaign. A Radoslav Petrovic goal sandwiched inbetween a double from Pierre Boya gave the Serbian champions a comfortable victory.

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13 Sep 2010