Champions league - second phase
A Real Madrid side packed with reserves qualified for the quarter finals of the competition after beating Porto 1-2 in the Das Antas stadium. Del Bosque lined up with three central defenders and youngsters Miñambres and Bravo as wing backs, although there was no place in the end for young B team striker Portillo, who travelled with the squad but had to watch the game from the stands. Despite the defensive formation they were two goals up within twenty minutes, Solari heading a Miñambres cross past Vitor Baia early on and Helguera bundling the ball into the net a few minutes later. Capucho pulled one back though a few minutes later, and Ricardo Silva incredibly headed wide from less than a metre out following a corner shortly before the break. Porto kept up the attack in the second half, but after César saved from Capucho, Pena, Clayton and Paredes all missed easy chances to hand Madrid their fourth win out of four and ensure their pass through to the next round.
Deportivo La Coruña took a big step towards qualifying for the quarter finals with an mipressive 2-0 victory over Italian giants Juventus. The Gallicians took the lead in an exciting opening spell when Diego Tristán ducked low to meet Víctor's cross in from the right, his header flying wide of Buffon, and the Spanish international striker came close to adding a second on the stroke of half time when the keeper just got a hand to his shot. Lippi brought on the experienced Davids and Conte at the break, but the Dutch midfielder lasted less than half an hour before he got himself sent off for arguing with Swedish referee Anders Frisk. Five minutes later second half substitute Djalminha got his head to Sergio's cross to beat Buffon and it was all over. Depor go joint top of the group level on points with Arsenal, who they visit in two weeks time. (27.02.02)
Barcelona's continuity in the Champions League was put in jeopardy after a 3-0 defeat at Roma. Rexach made changes to his side, bringing in Gerard and Motta to his starting line up, and Rivaldo also made it after passing a late fitness test. A draw would have been a good result, and with an hour gone nobody had come very close to scoring. However Roma took the lead somewhat fortunately when Candela's shot deflected off Emerson, leaving Reina wrong-footed, and the Italian side didn't look back. Totti got the ball in the net only to see it ruled out by the referee for a non-existent foul on the keeper, and then half time substitute Montella made it two after beating Christanval. Kluivert went close to pulling one back with Barça's first real shot at goal, but Tommasi finished things off with a shot from outside of the area in injury time. The Spaniards are still second in their group however after Galatasaray and Liverpool drew in Turkey. (26.02.02)