Real Madrid and Valencia fielded teams packed with reserves as they played their latest Champions League games. Both had already qualified for the second stage in their last games, and therefore used the opportunity to rest their star players. Madrid left out Casillas, Hierro and Raúl, and took off Figo just after half time, but still ran out 4-0 winners against Sporting Lisbon. Guti and Savio scored in the first half, and two second half substitutes, McManaman and Solari, set up goals for Morientes, who himself came on with 30 minutes to go for his first game back after injury. Valencia's captain Mendieta was suspended and Cúper brought in seven new faces against Olympiakos. It was too much though, and they lost by 1-0, the only goal coming from Djordjevic from the penalty spot after Deschamps brought down Giannakopoulos. (25.10.00)

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