Thursday, 27 November 2008

UC - MD3: Milan & Samp pick up draws

Portsmouth 2-2 AC MilanAC Milan and Sampdoria had to come from behind to secure draws on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Cup.

A superb free-kick from Ranldinho and a Filippo Inzaghi finish in stoppage time saved Milan from defeat against Portsmouth in Group E and sent them into the last 32, while Sampdoria secured a 1-1 draw against Stuttgart in Group C.

Udinese, who have already secured two wins, had a rest day but their rivals in Group D were all in action.

Filippo Inzaghi scored deep in injury time to complete a stunning late AC Milan comeback at Portsmouth and secure a draw which proved enough to qualify the Rossoneri for the last 32 from Group E. Second-half goals from Younes Kaboul and former Inter striker Nwankwo Kanu seemed to have earned a famous win for debutants Portsmouth but Ronaldinho's superb free-kick with six minutes left turned the tide and Inzaghi, who had struck the woodwork three times during the match, pounced at the death. Wolfsburg's last-gasp 3-2 win in the other Group E game at Braga later made sure of Milan's place in the knockout stages. Carlo Ancelotti's men have one more game remaining, on Matchday 5, against Wolfsburg at home.

Sampdoria 1-1 StuttgartSAMPDORIA 1-1 STUTTGART
A Paolo Sammarco goal cancelled out Ciprian Marica's opener as Sampdoria picked up a draw in their second game against Stuttgart in Genoa. The visitors looked to be heading for victory when Romanian international Marica put the Bundesliga side into an eighth-minute lead. However, Sammarco struck to level the scores before the interval, to leave both sides with four Group C points and a good chance of progressing. Walter Mazzarri's side, who won their openng game, travel to Standard Liege on Matchday 4 next week.

Group Stage, Matchday 3
Thursday 27 November
Group A:
Schalke 0-2 Manchester City
PSG 2-2 Racing Santander

Group B:
Galatasaray 0-1 Metalist Kharkiv
Olympiacos 5-1 Benfica

Group C:
Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Standard Liege
Sampdoria 1-1 Stuttgart

Group D:
NEC Nijmegen 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Spartak Moscow

Group E:
Portsmouth 2-2 AC Milan
Braga 2-3 Wolfsburg

Group F:
MSK Zilina 0-0 Slavia Prague
Hamburg 0-1 Ajax

Group G:
Club Brugge 1-1 St Etienne
Rosenborg 0-4 Valencia

Group H:
CSKA Moscow 2-1 Lech Poznan
Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 Feyenoord

Source: UEFA

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