Champions' League, day 3

Real Madrid 1 - Partizan Belgrade 0

Real Madrid won their third match in a row, beating Partizan Belgrade by a single goal to move five points clear at the top of their group. The Spaniards were on top for most of the match and should probably have won by a bigger margin if it were not for a confident performance by third choice keeper Pantic, who was making his European debut for the visitors. But Lothar Matthäus's side could also have pulled off a surprise near the end on a couple of quick counter-attacks. The only goal came seven minutes before half time when Figo headed a Beckham corner goalwards, Raúl getting the final touch close up. (22.10.03)

Ajax 1 - Celta Vigo 0

Celta lost their match at Ajax though by the same result, and are now struggling to qualify. Miguel Angel Lotina's side were sunk by an individualist Ibrahimovic goal early in the second half, and with Club Brugge surprisingly winning at AC Milan, the Spaniards are now last in their group. They did feel themselves unlucky though not to have a penalty when Jesuli was brought down in the area in the second half, and with two home games to come in their last three matches and the group still very tight, they must still fancy their chances of qualifying. (22.10.03)

Deportivo La Coruña 1 - Monaco 0

Deportivo La Coruña beat erstwhile leaders Monaco to move to the top of group C. It was not an easy victory though, and the only goal of the game came seven minutes from the end when Diego Tristán's shot was only half blocked by keeper Roma and span back into the net. Ex Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes led the visiting attack and got the ball in the net just before half time only to see the strike ruled out for offside. The two teams will face off again in the return fixture in two weeks' time. (21.10.03)

Juventus 4 - Real Sociedad 2

Real Sociedad though were comprehensively beaten by a Juventus side who were far superior to the Spaniards. Trezeguet and Di Vaio put the Italians two up in the first seven minutes, and both scored again later on to give their side a four goal lead. Tudor turned Gabilondo's cross past his own keeper though, and substitute De Pedro crashed home a late free kick to save a bit of pride. Real are still however in second place in their group. (21.10.03)

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