November 4, 2009

UCL roundup

Group A
Bayern Munich 0-2 Bordeaux -- A frustrating home loss for the Germans will add some more heat to coach Louis Van Gaal's seat. Bayern will likely miss out of the round of 16 thanks to goals from Yoann Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh. The French team advanced.

Maccabi Haifa 0-1 Juventus -- The Italian side was riddled with injuries, but only needed a 45th minute goal from Camoranesi for the road win. Juve didn't look all that great though against an opponent that is yet to score a goal in the competition.

Group B
Besiktas 0-3 VfL Wolfsburg -- Goals from Zvjezdan Misimovic, Christian Gentner and Edin Dzeko gave the German side a big road win. Thanks to the other result in the group, Wolfsburg is firmly in second and has a great shot at advancing.

Manchester Utd 3-3 CSKA Moscow -- More drama at Old Trafford. The English hosts fell behind 3-1, but got a late goal from Paul Scholes (84') and an own goal near the death to escape with a point and into the round of 16.

Group C
AC Milan 1-1 Real Madrid -- In Kaka's return to San Siro, the Brazilian played a part in the first goal (when Benzema knocked in a rebound). Ronaldinho equalized with a penalty kick six minutes later for Milan, which had a Pato goal disallowed.

Marseille 6-1 FC Zürich -- The French cruised past the sorry Swiss with a dominating home win. After four games, the Group C table looks very interesting now with Madrid and Milan at 7 points and Marseilles at 6.

Group D
Apoel Nicosia 0-1 FC Porto -- Falcao scored the game-winner in the 84th minute to give the Portuguese side a nice road win. Porto outshot its host 28-10 and advanced to the round of 16 fairly easily.

Atlético Madrid 2-2 Chelsea -- Didier Drogba scored twice after the 80th minute and the Blues salvaged a point in Spain despite a brace from Kun Aguero. Chelsea advanced to the next round and were only kept from the win by a 90th minute strike.

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