Tuesday, 15 September 2009

[UCL] MD1 Tuesday Review

Marseille 1-2 MilanAC Milan marked their return to the UEFA Champions League with a 2-1 win at Marseille thanks to a Filippo Inzaghi brace, but Juventus could only pick up a point against Bordeaux on the opening night of the group stage.

Marseille 1-2 Milan
AC Milan set their shaky domestic form to one side to get their European campaign off to a winning start, overcoming old foes Olympique de Marseille 2-1 thanks to two trademark Filippo Inzaghi strikes. The Group C rivals last met in the very first final of the Champions League era in May 1993, but while the French club won that game 1-0, they were second best on home soil against a Milan side boasting just one win from three Serie A outings. Making his first start of the season, Inzaghi made the most of lax marking to break the deadlock just before the half-hour mark and he was at his predatory best to clinch all three points with 16 minutes remaining, after Gabriel Heinze had revived local hopes shortly into the second half.

Juventus 1-1 BordeauxJuventus 1-1 Bordeaux
Jaroslav Plasil struck 15 minutes from time to seal a hard-earned point for French champions Girondins de Bordeaux in Turin as Juventus, who have made a 100 per cent start to their Serie A campaign, struggled to find their flow in driving rain. Vincenzo Iaquinta had given the stuttering hosts a lead they scarcely deserved just after the hour but Juve, for whom Gianluigi Buffon made a string of wonderful saves, were unable to hold on. Plasil, who looked to be standing in an offside position, fired in from point-blank range to earn the visitors a Group A point, and Juve's disappointment was exacerbated when Claudio Marchisio spurned a glorious chance to make it 2-1 in the dying seconds, striking the crossbar.

UEFA Champions League 2009-10
Group Stage, Matchday 1
Tuesday 15 September
Juventus 1-1 Bordeaux
Maccabi Haifa 0-3 Bayern Munich
Besiktas 0-1 Manchester United
Wolfsburg 3-1 CSKA Moscow
Marseille 1-2 Milan
Zurich 2-5 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Apoel Nicosia
Chelsea 1-0 Porto
Wednesday 16 September
Liverpool v Debrecen
Lyon v Fiorentina
Dynamo Kiev v Rubin Kazan
Inter v Barcelona
Sevilla v Unirea Urziceni
Stuttgart v Rangers
Olympiakos v AZ Alkmaar
Standard Liege v Arsenal

[Tuesday 15 September] - [Wednesday 16 September]

Source: UEFA

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