Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Champions League : Match Day 2 : Tuesday



Scores from Match Day 2 action on Tuesday (30/09)

AAB Aalborg BK 0 - 3 Manchester UnitedMan U
Rooney 22'
Berbatov 55'
Berbatov 79'


Manchester United's new last day signing Dimitar Berbatov finally struck his first goal for his new side.Two goals from the Bulgarian and Rooney's low strike removed the memories of a shaky performance two weeks back by the defending champions against Villareal.

Manchester United however have their concerns coming out of the win too.Scholes was taken off on the stretcher and Rooney limped off in the second half.News reports say Scholes would be out for upto eight weeks due to a knee injury.

Villareal Villareal 1 - 0 Celtic Celtic
Senna 67'

Villareal continued to showcase the performance that has been keeping them on the top of the La Liga now in the Champions League.Celtic as again failed to win on the road.

The only goal of the game came courtesy Marcos Senna's free kick which the keeper wasn't able to stop.

Bayern MunichBayern Munich 1 - 1 Lyon Lyon

Demichelis (o.g.) 25'
Ze Roberto 52'


German Champions Bayern Munich continued their unbeaten ways in the Champions League despite turmoils in their domestic campaign.Lyon also were able to manage the same feat as both sides drew 1-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Demichelis inadvertently put Juninho's long range free kick on his own net to give visiting team the lead.

Bayern equalised 7minutes into the second half courtesy a thumping header by Brazilian Ze Roberto past Lloris.

FiorentinaFiorentina 0 - 0 Steaua BucharestSteaua Bucharest

In a disappointing game for the Italians who tried their best they couldn't put the ball in the back of the net and had to share the spoils with the Romanian side.

This leaves Fiorentina with 2 points from as many games and Bucharest won their first point of the season.

ArsenalArsenal 4 - 0 PortoPorto

Van Persie 31'
Adebayor 40'
Van Persie 48'
Adebayor(pen.) 71'


Arsenal showed their resilience as a footballing side after their shock loss at the hands of Hull City over the weekend at the Emirates Stadium.

Gunners have a fabulous record in the Champions League at home with no losses since its inauguration last season.

Arsenal were in the mood to continue their record and send out a message to Premiership title hopefuls that they have their bad days and Saturday was one of them.

Robbie Van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor scored two goals each to give Arsenal a well deserved victory.Arsenal could have scored many more with many chances being created by Walcott and for him as well.The game also saw the return of Nasri after a 5 game injury lay-off.

Porto on the other hand looked to be in an attacking mood when the game was evenly poised at 0-0 but didn't bother Almunia much after Arsenal scored.Portuguese giants would be sick of coming to England after 5th defeat in 5 years and the biggest loss in 11 years in the competition.

FenerbahceFenerbahce 0 - 0 Dynamo KievDynamo Kiev

Fenerbahce's impressive run of eight consecutive European home wins came to an end after Ukranian side stopped the Turkish sides' dominance at home.This earned Kiev their second draw in their second game.

Fenerbahce earned their first point in the competition in the process after their loss at Porto on Match Day 1.They would look for a better performance in front of goal when they face Arsenal next.

ZenithZenith St Petersburg 1 - 2 Real MadridReal Madrid
Hubocan (o.g.) 4'
Danny 25'
Van Nistelrooy 31'


Real Madrid sent out a strong message to other European contenders and pundits after their slender victory in St. Petersburg.

Like all games taking place in Russia this one took off early and an own goal by Hubocan helped the 9 time Champions League winners to take a 1-0 lead.

Zenith equalised soon afterwards as Arshavin's cross was met by Danny who put the ball behind Casillas as a despairing header came from the defender on a very low cross.

Van Nistelrooy got Real Madrid back on track after he was on the end of a deflection by the defender to strike it in the home sides' goal.

Thereafter it was all for Madrid to defend who were helped by Casilla's keeping,the woodwork and the defensive numbers to get their act together.

FC BateBate Borisov 2 - 2 JuventusJuventus
Kryvets 17'
Stasevich 23'
Iaquinta 29'
Iaquinta 45'


FC Bate's dream home start to the Champions League were cut short by the Old Lady of Italian Football.

Kryvets and Stasevich provided the dream start to the Belarussian side inside the first 23minutes.

The dream however didn't last long as Iaquinta's double before halftime brought them back on their feet and out of dream land.Iaquinta who had come in for David Trezeguet didn't disappoint manager Claudio Ranieri.

This result leaves Juventus in the second spot of Group H behind Real Madrid with four points.



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