Wednesday, 21 February 2007

CL: Last 16, First Leg

Tuesday 20 February
Last 16, First Leg: Celtic 0-0 Milan
Alberto Gilardino wasted several good chances at Celtic Park, but Milan can be satisfied with their goalless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie in Glasgow. Yoann Gourcuff squandered an opening and goalkeeper Artur Boruc's outstretched foot prevented Alberto Gilardino giving Milan an early lead. Kenny Miller passed up a couple of half-chances for Celtic. But Milan were the more dangerous and Rino Gattuso and Gilardino fired wide as Celtic avoided an away goal. Milan will now be favourites to progress to the quarter-finals in the second leg in a fortnight.

Last 16, First Leg: Other Results
Lille 0-1 Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Arsenal & Real Madrid 3-2 Bayern Munich.

Wednesday 21 February
Last 16, First Leg: Inter 2-2 Valencia
David Silva cracked home a late equaliser to deny Inter and hand Valencia a draw at the San Siro. Silva volleyed home with just four minutes remaining to give the Primera Liga side a psychological edge ahead of the second leg at the Mestalla in two weeks' time. It was a better result than performance for the visitors, who were second best for much of the contest against an Inter side which failed to capitalise on their superiority. Esteban Cambiasso headed the Serie A leaders in front after 29 minutes only for David Villa to fire home a spectacular equaliser with a 30-yard free-kick 19 minutes into the second half. Brazilian full-back Maicon looked to have won it for Inter when his marauding run and composed finish put the Nerazzurri back in front, but Valencia displayed the stubbornness they have shown recently by finding a second equaliser. The result means Inter will have to win in Spain or draw 3-3 or higher to qualify for the Last 8.

Last 16, First Leg: Roma 0-0 Lyon
It finished honours even at the Stadio Olimpico as Roma were held to a goalless stalemate by Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter. Both teams struggled to find their rhythm in a tense affair which was interrupted by a series of free-kicks and 11 yellow cards from English referee Mike Riley. Juninho created Lyon's best chance when his free-kick ricocheted off Roma's Rodrigo Taddei and on to the post, while home keeper Doni denied Fred. Francesco Totti had Roma's best effort, but Gregory Coupet saved comfortably. The French champions will be favourites in the second leg but Roma know they only need a score draw to progress.

Last 16, First Leg: Other Results
Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool & FC Porto 1-1 Chelsea.

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