Arsenal 3 – Celtic 1 (Agg. 5-1) (Champions League, August 26, 2009) Eduardo put the Gunners in front just before the half hour from the penalty spot after the Croatian took a dive in the Celtic box. (First half highlights here, extended highlights here.) Arsenal extended their lead early in the second half as Emmanuel Eboue swept in the second of the night from another free-flowing Arsenal attack. With the Gunners cruising Wenger brought on Andrei Arshavin, and within two minutes of his introduction the Russian opened his account for the season with a tidy shot past Boruc. Celtic finally got on the scoreboard in injury time, Massimo Donati scoring the goal of the night with a back-post volley that flew across Almunia.
APOEL Nicosia 3 – FC Copenhagen 1 (Agg. 3-2) (Champions League, August 26, 2009) Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, APOEL Nicosia turned the tie on its head within 18 minutes thanks to goals from Kamil Koswoski and Chrysis Michael (penalty). Dame Ndoye brought the tie all square again on 22 minutes, but the Cypriots restored their 2-goal cushion before the break as Chrysis Michael scored a brilliant diving header for the hosts.
Fiorentina 1* – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Agg. 3-3) (Champions League, August 26, 2009) Joao Moutinho handed Sporting the advantage in Fiorentina with a super free-kick that curled into the top corner. (First half highlights here.) The Viola levelled ten minutes into the second half as Stevan Jovetic collected a cross at the back post, steadied himself, and fired low inside the near post.
Olympiakos 1 – FC Sheriff 0 (Agg. 3-0) (Champions League, August 26, 2009) The Greeks killed the tie eight minutes from time when Kostas Mitroglou tapped in from close range after the hosts got behind the Sheriff defence.
Stuttgart 0 – FC Timisoara 0 (Agg. 2-0) (Champions League, August 26, 2009) Markus Babbel’s side had effectively done all of the hard work in Romania a week ago and spent 90 minutes controlling their advantage against a timid Timisoara side.