September 30th, 2010
Champions League Results: Good For You?
Alex Ferguson says Javier Hernandez needs to ‘work on his physique’. Sigh. So do we, Sir Alex. So do we. Image: Getty Images/Zimbo
It seems like seconds since we finished writing up the Weekend Results and watched with interest as you lot unleashed yourselves all over the comments. Yet the football season waits for no woman and now we have a whole bunch of midweek Champions League results for you to bicker over. Makes the off-season seem like a distant and thoroughly unpleasant nightmare involving spiders and the revocation of one’s Platinum Amex, does it not?
Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side seem to have dragged their scoring drought into the Champions League, their unconvincing victory over Auxerre via an Angel Di Maria strike rendered all the more disappointing by the fact that Auxerre have yet to win in Ligue 1. Fortunately for Roma, they left their hideous form well and truly in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Cluj. Dazzling duo Marco Borriello and Philippe Mexes scored the goals.
Manuel Almunia will not have been comforted by Lukasz Fabianski’s great performance between the sticks for Arsenal in their away fixture against Partizan Belgrade. Once the lighting issues had been sorted out at the stadium, Fabianski unexpectedly saved a penalty in the Gunner’s 3-1 win, goals coming from Chamakh, Arshavin and Squillaci. Chelsea consolidated their position at the top of Group F, a solid 2-0 victory over Marseille including a John Terry goal. He was pleased (left). (Getty Images/Daylife)
Elsewhere, Ajax were held 1-1 at home by AC Milan, Bayern Munich beat Basle 2-1 away via two Bastian Schwiensteiger strikes, Braga lost 3-0 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and Spartak Moscow tonked MSK Zilina 3-0.
Another uncomfortable night for the Spanish contingent, Barcelona held 1-1 away at Rubin Kazan. Kazan led for the majority of the game after Christian Noboa converted a penalty, David Villa equalising in the sixtieth minute, also via the penalty spot. Meanwhile, Valencia looked to have held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw until some strategic substitutions by Sir Alex Ferguson saw Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez find the net, the assist provided by Federico Macheda.
An eventful evening at White Hart Lane saw Spurs see off FC Twente 4-1, pantomime duties embraced by Rafael Van Der Vaart (left). The Dutchman played hero by scoring, then threw himself into the villain role by missing a penalty and getting sent off. Samuel Eto’o simply stuck with the hero tag in Inter Milan’s 4-0 drubbing of Werder Bremen, scoring a hat trick. He celebrated by taking some photos. (Reuters/Daylife)
Other results included a much needed 3-1 away win for Lyon against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Schalke’s 2-0 victory against Benfica, FC Copenhagen beating Panathinaikos 2-0 and Rangers getting their first European victory in fourteen attempts through a 1-0 win over Turkish side Bursaspor.
Go on. Have at ‘em, Kickettes!