Arsenal will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga and Partizan Belgrade in Group H of the Champions League this season.

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

Shakhtar Donetsk

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Saturday, October 30
Shakhtar Donetsk warmed up for Wednesday’s Champions League visit of Arsenal with a 1-0 win against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on Saturday. Luiz Adriano scored the only goal of the game after 27 minutes when he tapped in Willian’s cross at the back post. The win keeps Mircea Lucescu’s eight points clear at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League after 15 games of the season. Arsenal travel to the Donbass Arena to face the Ukrainian champions with the Gunners knowing a win will guarantee qualification to the knockout stages.

Partizan Belgrade

FK Partizan 3-0 FK Jagodina
Saturday, October 30
Partizan Belgrade continued their good league form with a 3-0 win against FK Jagodina on Saturday. Almami Samori da Silva Moreira gave Arsenal’s Group H rivals the lead six minutes after the break when he slotted home from close range after good build-up play. Ivica Illiev made it two after 86 minutes when he finished well from the edge of the area and Radoslav Petrovic sealed the win from the penalty spot in injury time. Partizan remain two points clear at the top of the Serbian Super Liga. They face Braga at home on Wednesday after three defeats from their opening three Champions League matches.

Sporting Braga

Rio Ave 2-0 Sporting Braga
Saturday, October 30
Sporting Braga suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against the Portuguese Liga’s bottom side Rio Ave on Saturday. In adverse weather conditions Domingos Paciência’s side went behind 19 minutes from time when José Manuel Gomes da Silva’s shot found the bottom corner from a tight angle. The win was confirmed ten minutes later when João Henrique Pataco Tomás volleyed home from inside the area. The defeat means Braga are now 11 points adrift of league leaders Porto though they do remain fourth in the table. They travel to Serbia on Wednesday needing to avoid defeat if they are to have a realistic chance of qualification.

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31 Oct 2010