Manchester United 2 – Wolfsburg 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) United were forced to substitute an injured Michael Owen after 20 minutes; Dimitar Berbatov came off the bench and looked to make a difference, although Wolfsburg also looked dangerous in attack. (First half highlights here.) Old Trafford fell silent ten minutes into the second half, Hasebe lofted a lovely left-footed ball to the far post where Bosnian star Edin Dzeko (offside?) beat Evra to crash home a header. But United were soon level as Ryan Giggs (what a season he’s having!) saw his free-kick deflect wickedly off the wall to end up in the net. With 13 minutes remaining United moved ahead, Rooney, Berbatov and Giggs were all involved before Michael Carrick bent the ball into the top left corner. (Fergie and Giggs’ post match interviews can be seen here and here.)
APOEL Nicosia 0 – Chelsea 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) After 18 minutes in Nicosia Chelsea broke the deadlock in style, Belletti jinked his way down the right wing, cut inside, and pulled the ball back to Nicolas Anelka who side-footed a beauty into the far top corner.
Real Madrid 3 – Marseille 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) After a goalless first half at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid took control of the game with OM on the hour mark. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock befitting from a mistake from French keeper Mandanda with a cheeky low finish, and CR9 was then brought down in the box by former Charlton man Souleymane Diawara (fair challenge?), with Kaka scoring from the spot as Marseille were reduced to 10-men. Marseille were then opened up for the third time in five minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo tapped in the third.
AC Milan 0 – FC Zurich 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) AC Milan’s woeful start to the season worsen early doors at home to FC Zurich as centre-half Hannu Tihinen scored with a Zola-esque flick from a corner to hand the Swiss minnows the advantage.
Bayern Munich 0 – Juventus 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) Juventus will be the happier of the two sides after emerging with a point despite a dominant Bayern performance in the first period, with Franck Ribery pulling the strings and carving out the hosts’ best chances from the midfield.
CSKA Moscow 2 – Besiktas 1 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) CSKA’s budding superstar Alan Dzagoev cracked home a stunning 25-yarder after just seven minutes that flew into the roof of the net. On the hour mark CSKA doubled their lead through Milos Krasic, who burst down the inside right channel before firing a low shot through keeper Rustu Recber. Ismail Koybasi netted a 90th minute goal for the Black Eagles put it prove too little too late.
Porto 2 – Atletico Madrid 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) After 75 goalless minutes, Porto finally broke through Atletico’s brittle defence as Radamel Falcao scored with a cheeky backheel after the Spaniards failed to clear their lines. Ronaldo had the simple job of bagging the second after Bruno Alves crashed a header which cannoned off the post.
Bordeaux 1 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Champions League, September 30, 2009) (Longer highlightsÂ here.) The Israeli’s were bitterly unlucky not to claim something from a game that they dominated in parts, Mickael Ciani heading in the only goal of the game seven minutes from time for Laurent Blanc’s men.