Champions League - first phase

Real Madrid 4 - Anderlecht 1

Real Madrid made it three victories out of three with what was eventually a comfortable win against Anderlecht. However they were given a fright by the Belgian side, who went in at half time a goal up thanks to a strike by Aruna Dindane. Two goals in a three minute period at the start of the second half by Celades and Raúl put the fans minds at rest, and when Raúl added his second of the night and his club's 700th goal in Europe a few minutes later it was all but over. Solari made it four ten minutes from time, and in time added on De Bilde missed a penalty which would in any case have been fairly academic. (26.09.01)

Schalke 04 0 - Mallorca 1

Mallorca went back to basics and came away from Gelsenkirchen with a priceless three points. Bernd Krauss's side put up a defensive wall against Schalke 04 and hit them where it hurt with a breakaway goal from Eto'o twenty minutes in to the second half. An injury to Leo Franco at the weekend meant that Argentina's Carlos Roa returned in goal, even though he could not be registered in the Spanish league, and his experience was vital as they kept the German strikers at bay. Mallorca now have six points from three games, and with two home matches to come they should qualify for the next league stage. (26.09.01)

Bayer Leverkusen 2 - Barcelona 1

Barcelona fell to their first defeat of the season against an organised and efficient Bayer Leverkusen. Luis Enrique opened the scoring for the Spanish side halfway through the first half, taking a pass from Kluivert and beating his man before lifting the ball over Butt. The German keeper had a chance to get his own back when Andersson was ruled to have fouled Ballack in the area a few minutes later, but the normally steady penalty taker put his spot kick wide of the post. However Bayer came out strongly in the second half, and goals from half time substitute Bastürk and then from Neuville gave the German team their second victory in a row. (25.09.01)

Deportivo 2 - Manchester United 1

A magnificent comeback in the last five minutes of this match gave Deportivo La Coruña their first victory in this season's Champions League. Manchester United lined up with all their stars and took the lead late in the first half when Giggs and Van Nistelroy combined to set up Paul Scholes. But Irureta brought on Valerón at half time, and the Spanish international set up goals for Pandiani and then Naybet to snatch victory away from the English side in the dying seconds. Deportivo now have four points from their first two games. (25.09.01)

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