Wednesday, 24 October 2007

CL Matchday 3: Wednesday Review

Crisis-hit Milan thumped Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1 with braces from Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf, while a poor defensive display from Lazio saw them fall 2-1 at Werder Bremen.

GROUP D: AC Milan 4-1 Shakhtar Donetsk / Benfica 1-0 Celtic
Two goals apiece from Alberto Gilardino and Clarence Seedorf steered Milan back on course in Champions League Group D as they defeated an attack-minded Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1 in a thrilling game at the San Siro.

The Rossoneri appeared to be cruising when Gilardino scored twice in the first 14 minutes but the holders squandered a host of chances to kill the contest.

In a remarkably open encounter, Shakhtar threatened a stirring comeback as former Livrono striker Cristiano Lucarelli struck early in the second period. Seedorf had other ideas, though, capping a superb individual display with two magnificent goals to ensure Milan moved top of the section, above Shakhtar courtesy of a favourable head-to-head record. The European champions travel to Ukraine on Matchday 4 on November 6.

In the other Group D game, an Oscar Cardozo goal three minutes from time finally broke down a disciplined Celtic defence and gave Benfica an invaluable victory.

GROUP C: Werder Bremen 2-1 Lazio / Real Madrid 4-2 Olympiakos
Werder Bremen finally came to life in this season's Champions League, beating Lazio 2-1 to claim their first points and move above their opponents into third place in Group C.

Boubacar Sanogo and Hugo Almeida scored the hosts' goals and although Christian Manfredini prompted a tense finish by narrowing the deficit for the injury-hit Serie A side, Bremen held out for a much-needed victory.

Robinho scored two second-half goals as Real Madrid came from behind to beat ten-man Olympiakos 4-2 in the other game in Group C. Captain Raul Gonzalez set the tone by breaking the deadlock for the home side after two minutes, and with eleven more played the visitors had both equalised through Luciano Galletti and had Vassilis Torosidis dismissed. Still, Julio Cesar fired the Greeks into a shock lead just after the break before Robinho's double either side of a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty miss. Javier Angel Balboa added a fourth for Madrid. Despite the defeat Lazio remain just two points behind second-placed Olympiakos.

GROUP A: Besiktas 2-1 Liverpool / Olympique Marseille 1-1 FC Porto

GROUP B: Chelsea 2-0 Schalke / Rosenborg 2-0 Valencia

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