Champions league - first phase
Real Madrid and Roma drew 1-1 in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, a result which ensured that Madrid would finish as group champions and their opponents would classify for the second phase. The Italians opened the scoring in the first half, Totti finishing off incisively after Candela cut through the defence and laid the ball back. Del Bosque rested Roberto Carlos and Hierro after the interval, giving Iván Helguera his first game since breaking his toe at the start of the season. Batistuta fired a free kick against the bar with Casillas beaten on the hour mark, but Figo levelled the scores from the penalty spot a quarter of an hour from the end after Cafu handled in the area.
Mallorca lost their second match in a row and now have no chance of qualifying for the second stage. The Spanish side were up against it from the start when Engonga aggravated an injury in the pre-match warm up, and he had to sit the game out together with the injured Roa and suspended Eto'o. Honours were even until midway through the second half when Arsenal scored twice in rapid succession through Pires and Bergkamp. Novo did pull one back, but an injury time goal from Henry gave Arsenal a direct goal average in their team's favour, and with Panathinaikos winning, Mallorca can only finish third at best. A point against the Greeks next week would ensure that at least, meaning they would go on to play in the next round of the UEFA cup. (24.10.01)
An injury time goal by Gerard against Olympique Lyon ensured Barcelona's pass through to the second phase of the competition. The Spanish side raced into a two goal lead with only eighteen minutes on the clock after Kluivert and then Rivaldo took advantage of Luis Enrique assists to score into an empty net. The French team came back though in a second half played almost entirely in the Barcelona side of the pitch, with goals from Luyindula and then Carrièrre in the last minute of normal time. But with Lyon keeper Coupet in the Barcelona goalmouth for their 20th corner of the match, Barcelona broke away to make it 2-3 on the night.
Deportivo La Coruña qualified for the next phase of the competition with a clinically executed 1-1 draw at home to Lille. Both goals came in the first twenty minutes from the penalty spot, with Diego Tristán putting Depor in front with his sixth goal in ten days after he was brought down by Ecker, and Bruno Cheyrou levelling the scores six minutes later when Héctor handled in the area. Víctor hit the bar before the break, but Irureta opted for safety in the second half to ensure that his side are present in the draw for the second league stage. Djalminha made his first appearance of the season after the break. (23.10.01)