England’s UEFA teams in trouble, Scots sit pretty

Fiorentina 2, Everton 0

Fiorentina kept Everton to 1 shot on goal…1 measly shot. The chaos started early for the Toffees as the Italians were relentless, attacking from the get-go. Tim Howard was the only thing keeping Everton in the game as Tim Cahill couldn’t get anything working past the midfield, Yakubu was border-line non-existent as well. David Moyes kept pressing onwards though, determined to leave Florence with an away goal. He inserted Arteta and Andy Johnson in an attempt to wake up the offense. No dice. Howard wasn’t beaten until the 70th minute when Zdravko Kuzmanovic rocketed a shot right outside the penalty box. Ricardo Montolivo – a wing midfielder heavily touted in the Serie A – got the second ten minutes later after a nice exchange left him open to bury a first-time volley past Howard. The American goalkeeper was probably man of the match as a rout looked possible from the beginning.

PSV Eindhoven 1, Tottenham 0

The Spurs had their chances, but ultimately it was young Jefferson Farfan’s day. The Peruvian youngster – although it seems like he’s been in PSV’s set-up for the longest time – hit the only goal of the game in the 34th minute. Tottenham has cooled down considerably since their Carling Cup victory a couple weeks ago, but with Woodgate and King returning in the back, you would expect a different score-line. In fact, the two veterans weren’t at fault for Farfan’s goal. Gilberto, who had a pretty terrible European-debut for Juande Ramos, toyed with the ball in the back and Farfan made him pay. He stripped the Brazilian and proceeded to give PSV the 1-0 advantage. Both Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov were firing, but nothing was finding the target and the result stuck. The Spurs now face a tough away leg in Eindhoven come next week – by then, they could be up to the challenge.

Bolton 1, Sporting Lisbon 1

A pretty decent game for the Wanderers, even with a revamped line-up involving Ali Al-Habsi and Heidar Helguson. Habsi held tall until Simon Vukcevic’s 69th minute strike that kept things equal at Reebok Stadium. Gavin McCann put Bolton ahead after a scrum in the penalty box allowed him to side-foot home a close-range attempt. Vukcevic’s equalizer though puts Bolton in a tough position moving on to Lisbon. Without the scNicolas Anelka, I can’t see Bolton succeeding in Lisbon. Let us remember, however, that Bolton were missing Jussi Jaskaleinen, El-Hadji Diouf, and Kevin Nolan, so once returned, Bolton could have the tools to fight for a result. 

Glasgow Rangers 2, Werder Bremen 0

Fulham won this game for Rangers. The controversial Daniel Cousin keeps bagging goals, making Roy Hodgson an even angrier man as Fulham have been snuffed out by FIFA in their attempts to sign the striker. Regardless, Cousin scored the first and on-loan Fulham midfielder hit the second less than 5 minutes later putting Rangers in a pretty position for the their away leg in Germany.

Bayern Munich 5, Anderlecht 0 –a thorough outclassing in a sharing fashion. Five different players scored for Bayern as Anderlecht could only survive through the first half. Luca Toni, Podolski, Klose, Ribery, and Hamit Altintop solidified a quarterfinal spot for the Germans.

Bayer Leverkusen 1, Hamburg SV 0 –an even match was decided by a Greek striker, Theofanis Gekas, who finished late to give Leverkusen the advantage heading to Hamburg. HSV will be without Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany in the return leg thanks to accumulated bookings. Not good.

Marseille 3, Zenit St. Petersburg 1 –Djibril Cisse took control of this game, scoring a brace, as Mamadou Niang followed suit with a goal of his own to see Marseille off to Russia with a comfortable lead.

Getafe 2, Benfica 1 – Oscar Cardozo did all the losing for Benfica, getting sent off for trying to sucker punch a Getafe player in the 9th minute. Benfica could have used the entry of Freddy Adu, who is away vying for a U-23 Olympic team spot. Getafe, playing well in their first UEFA Cup, got production and, most importantly, two away goals from Ruben de la Red and Pablo. Mantorras was able to pull one back 10 minutes later containing the blow and making the away leg a little bit more manageable.


One Response

  1. 2-0 was about right for Rangers. Bremen summoned the ghost of Rommel to prevent another after that huge gaff in the first half by their keeper.

    And Cousin didn’t transfer because it would have been his third club this season.

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