Tuesday, 2 October 2007

CL Matchday 2: Tuesday Review

Wayne Rooney's late goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford to ruin Roma's night, while Inter secured a crucial win against PSV Eindhoven - but suffered two more red cards.

GROUP F: Man Utd 1-0 Roma / Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Sporting Lisbon
Roma avoided another embarrassment but they still left Old Trafford a beaten side after Wayne Rooney's second-half goal proved enough to earn Manchester United a 1-0 victory and a three-point advantage at the top of Group F.

For the Premier League champions, it seems one goal, rather than the seven they scored against Roma in April, is more than enough right now. This was their sixth 1-0 success in eight matches and it came via a player who appears to enjoy facing the Giallorossi – Rooney driving in his third goal in as many games against the Serie A team after latching on to a Nani through pass 21 minutes from time.

Given Roma's desire to make amends for last season's 7-1 humbling and United's own early-season goal shortage, it was no real surprise that neither of the Champions League debutants between the posts, United's Tomasz Kuszczak and Roma's Gianluca Curci, was seriously tested in the early stages. But Roma did create chances through captain Francesco Totti, Alberto Aquilani, Simone Perrotta and Mauro Esposito.

Luciano Spalletti's men host Sporting Lisbon on Matchday 3 on October 23. First-half goals from Tonel and Anderson Polga gave the Portuguese giants the first points of their European campaign and left Dynamo Kiev propping up the group after an entertaining game in Kiev.

GROUP G: Inter 2-0 PSV Eindhoven / CSKA Moscow 2-2 Fenerbahce
A Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Inter proved too strong for PSV Eindhoven as the Serie A champions claimed their first points in Group G thanks to two goals from the Swedish international.

Ibrahimovic scored a 15th-minute penalty and a memorable header just after the half-hour. Then, following the dismissal of Cristian Chivu, the forward helped the Nerazzurri protect their advantage with a masterclass performance. It allowed Inter to forget the 1-0 loss at Fenerbahce which had opened their Champions League campaign as they moved to within a point of the leaders.

In the other game, Deivid's long-range drive five minutes from time gave Fenerbahce a point at CSKA Moscow that continues their fine start to Champions League. The visitors led on nine minutes through captain Alex. But not long after the interval some determined running by Milos Krasic paid off as he levelled and Vagner Love then converted a penalty he had won himself to seemingly cancel out CSKA's opening loss at PSV until Deivid's strongly-hit shot crept under home goalkeeper Veniamin Mandrykin. Inter travel to Moscow next.

GROUP E: Olympique Lyonnais 0-3 Glasgow Rangers / Stuttgart 0-2 Barcelona

GROUP H: Sevilla 4-2 Slavia Prague / Steaua Bucharest 0-1 Arsenal

[Tuesday 2 Oct] - [Wednesday 3 Oct]

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