News Archive

Champions League day 2

Real Madrid dominate group C after a 3-0 victory over Olympique Marseille. All the goals came in a six minute period in the second half, with Cristian Ronaldo calmly stroking a shot under the advancing Mandada after running on to a long ball from Pepe. Kaká got the second from the penalty spot after Ronaldo was brought down by Diawara, who was sent off after being shown a second yellow card for the foul. And a limping Ronaldo stayed on the park long enough to score the third after a quick passing move involving Guti, Kaká and Benzema.

Atlético Madrid are at the opposite end of the scale though, and their nightmare start to the season continued with a 2-0 defeat at Porto. Keeper Roberto had to leave the field with an injury early on, but his young replacement De Gea made a string of fine saves before he was finally beaten by a clever flick from Falcao with a quarter of an hour to go. And a few minutes later Rolando got the second after Bruno Alves headed a corner against the post, leaving Abel Resino's side last in the table. (30.09.09)

Barcelona moved to the top of group F after a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev. The Ukrainian side had won their first game, and they put up a good fight before Messi picked up the ball from Iniesta on the right of the area and cut in to open the scoring with just under half an hour on the clock. Half time substitute Pedro wrapped things up though with a second goal after controlling a pass from Ibrahimovic to beat Shovkovskiy later in the second half.

Sevilla also top their group after a convincing 1-4 victory over Glasgow Rangers. Konko was lucky to stay on the park after the referee turned down a possible penalty on Naismith before the break, but five minutes after the restart he headed the Andalusians in to the lead following a set-piece free kick. Adriano added a second a few minutes later, and Luis Fabiano and Kanouté set each other up for two more before Nacho Novo scored a late consolation for the locals. (29.09.09)