Tuesday, 6 November 2007

CL Matchday 4: Tuesday Review

Filippo Inzaghi came off the bench to help AC Milan secure a win at Shakhtar Donetsk while Lazio gave themselves a fighting chance of making the knockout stages with all three points against Werder Bremen.

GROUP D: Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 AC Milan / Celtic 1-0 Benfica
AC Milan lifted themselves clear at the Group D summit as three second-half goals earned a 3-0 victory at Shakhtar Donetsk, on a night when Filippo Inzaghi equalled Gerd Muller's record of 62 European club competition goals.

Scoreless at half-time, the European Cup holders made their class tell after the restart, and it was substitute Inzaghi who did much of the damage. Introduced on 63 minutes, he took just three minutes to find the breakthrough, thrashing the ball into the corner of the net after being released by Andrea Pirlo. Kaka added a second soon after, before Inzaghi sealed the win in added time.

The crowd had earlier observed an impeccable minute's silence in honour of Milan legend Nils Liedholm who died on Monday at the age of 85.

In the other game, a deflected shot from Aiden McGeady at the end of the first half kept Celtic's hopes alive by securing a 1-0 victory against Benfica, who had Augustin Binya sent off five minutes from time. Milan travel to the Portuguese side on Matchday 5 on November 28, needing just a point to qualify for the knockout stages.

GROUP C: Lazio 2-1 Werder Bremen / Olympiakos 0-0 Real Madrid
Lazio leapfrogged Werder Bremen in Group C and gave themselves a fighting chance of making the knockout stages after two second-half Tommaso Rocchi goals proved good enough for three points in Rome.

Rocchi slid in to score after his own penalty had been saved three minutes before the hour before applying a cool finish after 68 minutes for what proved to be the decisive goal.

Emilson Sanchez Cribari was sent off for the Serie A side in the 86th minute, and Diego converted a penalty for the visitors two minutes later before seeing red himself as Bremen dropped to the bottom of the section.

Lazio, meanwhile, join Olympiakos on five points following their goalless draw with leaders Real Madrid in the other game. The Biancocelesti host the Greek club at the Stadio Olimpico on Matchday 5 on November 28.

GROUP A: FC Porto 2-1 Marseille / Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas

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


[Tuesday 6 Nov] - [Wednesday 7 Nov]

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