December 9, 2009

UCL roundup (8 of 16 down)

Group A
1. Bordeaux, 2. Bayern Munich, 3. Juventus, 4. Maccabi Haifa
The French side skated to a group win with a workmanlike 1-0 win over the Israelis, who set a dubious UCL record with six shutout losses. Bayern got a PK goal from its goalie (Jorg Butt) and dominated the Italians 4-1 to grab the final berth into the knockout stage.

Group B
1. Manchester United, 2. CSKA Moscow, 3. Wolfsburg, 4. Besiktas
Mikey Owen went for a rare hat-trick to lead the Red Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Germans to end their UCL dreams. Despite some recent failed drug tests, the Russians advanced to the next round with a 2-1 away win.

Group C
1. Real Madrid, 2. AC Milan, 3. Marseille, 4. FC Zurich
On the only cable-televised game we get this week, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a brace to lead the Spanish side to a 3-1 win in taking the group. The loss by the French clinched their exit, as the Italians didn't need a point but got one in a 1-1 draw in the finale.

Group D
1. Chelsea, 2. FC Porto, 3. Atletico Madrid, 4. Apoel Nicosia
All was settled here, but the Blues hardly dazzled in the first-round finale, drawing 2-2 with the group's worst side. The Portuguese had also clinched a berth in the next round finished of the sorry Spanish 3-0.

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