Champions league - second phase
The Puyol-Kluivert duet combined for the second time in four days to save a point for Barcelona against Roma. The Catalans fell behind to a goal by ex Real Madrid defender Panucci early in the second half only moments after Overmars came on for a disappointing Saviola. But it was the introduction of Xavi a quarter of an hour from the end which put Barça back on the goal trail, and Rivaldo was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when tripped by Samuel. Then with seven minutes to go Puyol won the ball off Candela by the corner flag on the right, and he played in a low cross for Kluivert to volley the ball in to the roof of the net. With Liverpool and Galatasaray drawing as well Barça stay top of their group, but they have a difficult programme ahead, starting with next Tuesday's match at Roma. (20.02.2002)
A late goal from second half substitute Solari gave Real Madrid a belaboured victory against Porto. The long season seems to be taking its toll on the Spanish side, and with Raúl out injured, Roberto Carlos only just passing a late fitness test and Figo having to leave the field with an ankle injury with only a quarter of an hour gone, they were lacking their usual sparkle. Porto though wasted their chances, with Deco hitting a post in the first half and Ricardo Silva heading against the bar after the break, and German referee Markus Merk turned down a penalty appeal when Karanka pulled back on Postiga's shirt. Then with seven minutes to go Solari surprised Vitor Baia with a shot from the edge of the area, giving Madrid their third victory in a row and virtually guaranteeing them a place in the quarter finals.
A second half penalty save by keeper Molina from Alejandro Del Piero gave Deportivo La Coruña an invaluable point at Juventus. The Italian league leaders had several scoring chances throughout the game, with Molina saving from Trezeguet in the first half and the French striker heading against the foot of the post after the break. But then Scottish referee Hugh Dallas awarded a penalty to the home side a quarter of an hour from the end when César brought down Del Piero, and it appeared that Depor's defensive work had been in vain. However Molina threw himself to his right to turn the kick around the post and save the day. With Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal also drawing, all four teams are level on four points. (19.02.02)