Champions League - first phase
After the sixth day, Barcelona, Deportivo and Real Madrid are through to the second phase of the competition. There are 16 teams remaining and they will be divided into four groups of four. The draw will take place on Friday 2 November.
An injury time free kick from Rivaldo deprived Fenerbahçe of their first point in this year's Champions League and ensured Barcelona the top spot in their group. Rivaldo drove his kick into the top corner of Rustu's net to win a match they should have wrapped up much earlier, having failed to take advantage of the many chances they created. With the big match on Sunday taking priority Bonano, Coco and Kluivert were rested, and Overmars and Rochemback came in to the squad after injury for a run out. But in the end it was Rivaldo, playing his last match for his club before going on to play for Brazil, who gave his side another lucrative win bonus.
Deportivo de La Coruña saved a point late in this game to give them a place in the top seedings for Friday's second phase draw. Olympiakos took the lead five minutes after half time through Alexandris and looked as if they were going to take the three points they needed to qualify for the UEFA cup spot. However Djalminha (making his first start of the season) found Capdevila's head with a corner kick near the end for him to beat the stranded Georgiu and keep them ahead of Manchester United at the top of their group. (31.10.01)
A depleted Real Madrid side lost 2-0 to Lokomotiv Moscow on a cold wet night in Russia. With one eye on next Sunday's league game against Barcelona, Del Bosque left his big name players at home and included no less than eight B team players in the squad. Madrid started well, with Munitis hitting the post in the first quarter of an hour. However Buznikin gave the home side the lead before the interval, and Cherevtchenko added a second soon after the restart to earn his side a place in the next round of the UEFA cup.
Biagini's first goal of the season gave Mallorca a 1-0 victory over leaders Panathinaikos, taking them through to a place in the last 32 of the UEFA cup as the third placed side in their group. Mallorca were in control for most of the match, although the goal when it came in the second half was somewhat fortunate, the Greek keeper taking the ball in to his own net as the Argentine forward connected weakly with Eto'o's pass. In any case a draw would have been enough, and the Balearic Island side can at last salvage something from their poor start to the season. (30.10.01)