Wednesday, 16 September 2009

FootballEduardo fires Gunners to victory

Two days after his two-game ban was overturned, Eduardo da Silva scored Arsenal's winner in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Standard Liege in the Champions League.
Defending champions Barcelona could only muster a tame 0-0 draw against Inter Milan.
Five-time champions Liverpool laboured to a 1-0 victory over debutants Debrecen, while Dynamo Kiev, Lyon and Sevilla also won their first group games and Olympiakos celebrated the arrival of new coach Zico with a 1-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar.
Behind early
English side Arsenal trailed by two goals after only five minutes in Liege.
Eliaquim Mangala scored with a low shot in the second minute and Milan Jovanovic drove home a fifth-minute penalty after he had been brought down by William Gallas.
Nicklas Bendtner pulled a goal back in the final minute of the first half, Thomas Vermaelen scored a scrappy equaliser in the 78th and Eduardo scored the winner in the 81st by turning home a corner.
At the start of the week, the Croatia striker was set to miss this group game and the next one after being found guilty by a Uefa disciplinary committee of deceiving the referee by diving to get a penalty in a qualifying-round victory over Celtic.
But Arsenal won their appeal on Monday and he was free to play.
New coach
Greek champions Olympiakos appointed former Brazil star Zico as their new coach after firing Temuri Ketsbaia on Tuesday and he watched from the stands as the club captured three points in the other Group H game. Vassilis Torosidis headed the winner against AZ Alkmaar in the 79th minute.
"This was a very important win for us, it gave us a boost,'' Torosidis said.
"We've had a bad spell for the last two months, and that's everyone's fault. There's five more group games to play (in the Champions League) and our aim is to qualify, but it's too early to say anything.''
Results & fixtures
Tuesday 15 September At Madrid 0-0 Apoel Nicosia Besiktas 0-1 Man Utd Chelsea 1-0 FC Porto FC Zurich 2-5 Real Madrid Juventus 1-1 Bordeaux Mac Haifa 0-3 B Munich Marseille 1-2 AC Milan W'burg 3-1 CSKA MoscowWednesday 16 September D Kiev 3-1 Rubin Kazan Inter Milan 0-0 Barcelona Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen Lyon 1-0 Fiorentina Olympiakos 1-0 AZ Sevilla 2-0 Unirea Urziceni Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal VfB Stuttgart 1-1 Rangers Barcelona's first game as defending champions took them to Italian champions Inter Milan, who are now guided by former Barca assistant coach Jose Mourinho.
Although the Spanish team dominated possession at San Siro, they were generally stifled by Mourinho's tactics and the two teams gained a point each.
Both teams now lie behind Dynamo Kiev who came from behind to beat Russian champions Rubin Kazan 3-1.
Alejandro Dominguez fired the visitors ahead in the 25th minute in Kiev but Ayiila Yussuf, Gerson Magrao and Oleg Gusev turned the game around.
Nervous win
Liverpool struggled to overcome Hungarian champions Debrecen who were making their first visit to Anfield and their only goal came in first half injury time from Dirk Kuyt.
"We were a little bit nervous because it was only 1-0, but I thought the most important thing was to get the points,'' Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said.
"We had three or four very good chances. But credit to (Debrecen), they were very organised. It was not as easy as people expected because they showed that they are not bad.''
Lyon also edged Fiorentina 1-0 with a 76th minute goal by Miralem Pjanic and that means the French and English sides share first place.
Fiorentina played the entire second half with 10 men after striker Alberto Gilardino was sent off for elbowing Jeremy Toulalan in the face.
Brazilian stars Luis Fabiano and Renato scored to give Sevilla a 2-0 victory over Romanian champion Unirea Irziceni.
The Spanish side tops Group G because VfB Stuttgart and Scottish champion Rangers drew 1-1.
Pavel Pogrebniak gave Stuttgart the lead with a powerful right foot shot in the 18th minute but Madjid Bougherra equalised in the 77th.

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