UEFA Champions League: Gunners keep firing; Rangers surprise the hell out of Lyon

Group E 

Rangers 3, Lyon 0

A definitive win for the Gers as they dispatched the French champions without so much of a whimper of disapproval. DaMarcus Beasley had the clincher and also provided the assist on the first goal from former Wigan man Lee McCulloch. The Rangers now control their destiny sitting atop the table with an undefeated and tough-looking Barca side.

Barcelona 2, VfB Stuttgart 0

Not quite domination, but the air of the game never felt like Barca were threatened. The German champs couldn’t deal with Henry and Messi, who put in the second goal.

Group F 

Sporting Lisbon 2, Dynamo Kiev 1

A good recovery win over Ukraine’s strongest squad. Yannick Djalo stood out above the rest……..again.

Manchester United 1, AS Roma 0

Despite receiving the news that Owen Hargreaves would be out another month, United handled Roma well amidst questionable finishing and a less fluid style of play. It was Wayne Rooney who took matters into his own hands by clanging the only goal off the post and giving the Devils their second European win in Group F.

Group G 

CSKA Moscow 2, Fenerbahce 2

A last-gasp put back from Brazilian Deivid gave the Turkish giants a key tie against Moscow, leaving them atop the Group G standings. It was the Brazilians who drove the game in this Eastern European clash. Vagner Love scored the go-ahead goal for CSKA after fellow Brazilian Edu Dracena took him down in the box (one of his most forgettable performances). Alex provided the first strike in the 9th minute.

Inter Milan 2, PSV Eindhoven 0

Despite two ejections late in the game, Inter had already put themselves clear of a somewhat disjointed PSV squad. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put in two by the 31st minute, making the ejection of defender Chivu and Honduran David Suazo a ho-hum. Inter will not have Suazo and Chivu as they take on CSKA Moscow sitting right in the thick of the table.

Group H 

Sevilla 4, Slavia Prague 2

A host of goalscorers stepped up for Sevilla but it was talisman Frederic Kanoute that opened the scoring and jumpstarted the Sevilla offense. After questionable results within La Liga the past couple weeks, last year’s Spanish surprises were looking for an encouraging win and got it. Slavia Prague did leave without a fight though – cancelling out Kanoute’s opening goal and grabbing another in the waning minutes of the match.

Arsenal 1, Steaua Bucharest 0

The Gunners only needed one and it came late and in this year’s Arsenal-fashion. Both Van Persie and Adebayor have refined their game this year and transformed these Gunners into a multi-weapon team.


One Response

  1. Sevilla desperately needed that win..we didn’t win in 4 games and that is simply unheard of in Sevilla. Thank god.

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