November 5, 2009

UCL roundup

Group E
Lyon 1-1 Liverpool -- The Reds took a late lead on a wonder-strike by Ryan Babel, but Rafa's side was pushed to the brink of elimination by an even-later Lisandro López equalizer. When is Rafa getting fired again?

Fiorentina 5-2 Debrecen -- The Italians had an offensive explosion, including four goals in the second half, in the easy home win. Debrecen dropped to 0-4 in group stage, but only place below Liverpool.

Group F
Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Inter Milan -- Andriy Shevchenko lobbed in an early goal to give the hosts the lead. But Milito and Schneider scored after the 80th minute to give the Italian side a dramatic road win in an air-tight group.

FK Rubin Kazan 0-0 Barcelona -- Despite a 19-5 shot advantage, Barca's funk continues with a scoreless draw against the Russians. Just two points separate first from last in the group, so there's excitement to come.

Group G
Sevilla FC 1-1 VfB Stuttgart -- The Spanish side stay clinched a spot in the round of 16 despite allowing a late equalizer to Zdravko Kuzmanovic. Sevilla had been perfect in group play before the game.

Unirea Urziceni 1-1 Rangers -- With a go-ahead goal by Lee McCulloch in the 78th minute, the Scottish side had to think it was golden. But Marius Onofras found the equalizing 10 minutes later.

Group H
Arsenal 4-1 AZ Alkmaar -- The Gunners can't stop scoring goal and Cesc had a brace to continue his world-class form. Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby added tallies for Arsenal, which has Mr. Wenger peachy happy.

Standard Liege 2-0 Olympiakos -- No Gooch no problem for the Belgian side. Goals from Dieudonné Mbokani Bezua and Milan Jovanovic put the hosts in great position to potentially qualify to the next round.

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