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26 November 2009 :: 17:11:31 pm 5845

Man Utd Undone At Home For The First Time In 23 Matches

An exciting night of Champions League action saw Manchester United lose at home to Besiktas and the “Old Lady” lost in France against a rampant Bordeaux side. With most groups still largely undecided the final week of fixtures should prove to be extremely entertaining.
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Group A

Girondins Bordeaux v Juventus (2-0)

The Italian giants struggled throughout the match against the reigning French champions, who sealed top spot in the group with the emphatic win, in front of their adoring fans at the Chaban Delmas Stadium.

Juventus offered little going forward whilst always looking vulnerable from set pieces. In the end two headed goals from set pieces after the interval won the game and left Ciro Ferrara’s men facing a must win tie at the Stadio Delle Alpi against Bayern Munich on December 8. The goals were scored by Fernando and the highly-rated Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh.

Bayern Munich v Maccabi Haifa (1-0)

Any remote hopes Maccabi had of snatching a UEFA Cup spot are now over following their loss in Munich, and they remain without a point or a goal in Group A.

Again deprived of wing wizards Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Bayern struggled for attacking inspiration in a first half that saw them leave the field to a chorus of boos from the home fans. Ivica Olic appeased the home fans with the only goal of the game midway through the second half, tapping home from a rebound after Maccabi keeper Nir Davidovitch could only parry Mario Gomez’s venomous shot to the side.

Group B

Manchester United v Besiktas (0-1)

Manchester United’s 23-match unbeaten streak at home in the Champions League came to an end as they went down 1-0 to Besiktas at Old Trafford on Wednesday. United, who only need one point to win Group B with one match remaining, fell victim to a long-range bullet of a goal from Rodrigo Tello as the Turkish champions snapped their seven-year away losing run in the competition. Last season’s Champions League runners-up still need to grab one point in their away game at Wolfsburg on December 8 if they are to finish top of the group. Besiktas narrowly kept their hopes of a Europa League berth alive ahead of their fixture with CSKA Moscow.

CSKA Moscow v VfL Wolfsburg (2-1)

CSKA Moscow recovered from a goal down to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 at the Luzhniki Stadium closing the gap that the Germans hold on the valuable 2nd place spot. The hosts dominated possession in a very one-sided first half, but somehow it was Wolfsburg who went into the interval ahead courtesy of Edin Dzeko’s 19th-minute strike. Two second half strikes were enough for the Russian side to overhaul the visitors and draw level with the German champions on seven points in the group, albeit with a poorer goal difference.

Group C

AC Milan v Olympique Marseille (1-1)

Milan and Marseille battled to a 1-1 draw at the San Siro to make the group into a three-way qualification dog fight with Real Madrid for a place in the last 16. Marco Borriello fired the Italian side into the lead with a superb solo effort after ten minutes, only for Lucho Gonzalez to level for the visitors six minutes later. Despite a disappointing home performance the Rossoneri will fancy their chances against FC Zurich, while Marseille will go head-to-head with Real Madrid at the Stade Velodrome in a fortnight.

Real Madrid v FC Zurich (1-0)

Manuel Pellegrini’s men barely broke sweat as they defeated the Swiss outfit at the Santiago Bernabeu. With Milan and Marseille drawing at the San Siro, Zurich are out, leaving Madrid two points clear at the top with a game to go. Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the match in the 21st minute with a straightforward finish. The highlight of the second half was the return of Cristiano Ronaldo who replaced Raul for his first appearance in almost two months following injury.

Group D

FC Porto v Chelsea (0-1)

Chelsea’s narrow 1-0 win against Porto guaranteed them top spot in Champions League Group D.

French international striker Nicolas Anelka scored the only goal in a tense match after also having scored the only goal in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in September. The win was Chelsea’s first on Portuguese soil in the Champions League, although the Premier League leaders did not have it all their own way, with goalkeeper Petr Cech forced to make several important saves.

APOEL Nicosia v Atletico Madrid (1-1)

Atletico Madrid came from behind to grab a precious 1-1 draw against APOEL Nicosia in Cypru.

APOEL opened the scoring in the first five minutes when a great run and cross from Nektarios Alexandrou on the left was turned in by Nenad Mirosavljevic from the six yard box. The second-half kept Atletico Madrid’s push for the Europa League going when captain Simao scored after an hour.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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