Inter Milan 0 – Barcelona 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009)It took Leo Messi just 80 seconds to force Cesar into a save as the pocket Argentine danced his way through on goal to fire a shot on target early doors. Messi closed out the half as he started it by forcing Cesar to tip over a shot. Barca felt they were denied a penalty when Dejan Stankovic appeared to handle a ball in the box while at death Chivu left Messi grounded after stamping on the Argentine’s foot.
Stuttgart 1 – Rangers 1 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Rangers only had themselves for conceding after 18 minutes in Stuttgart, Papac’s sloppy defending at left back let in Cacau, the forward advanced goalwards before teeing up Pavel Pogrebnyak to score. Although firmly outplayed, Rangers equalised in the 77th minute as Madjid Bougherra’s marauding run from the centre half saw the defender eventually strike a leveller into the near post. (Second half highlights here.)
Sevilla 2 – Unirea Urziceni 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) There is no hotter striker in world football at present than Luis Fabiano. The Brazilian forward handed Sevilla a halftime lead over Unirea by finding the bottom corner with a first time shot from 18-yards. Renato put the Spaniards 2-up with a second 20 minutes from time.
Lyon 1 – Fiorentina 0 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) The Viola were up aside it after Antonio Gilardino saw red on the stroke of halftime. Lyon made their extra numbers count in the 76th minute a Miralem Pjanic scored the winner after the Frenchman played their way through the Italian defence.
Dynamo Kiev 3 – Rubin Kazan 1 (Champions League, September 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A brilliant curling free-kick from Rubin’s Alekhandro Dominges sailed up and over the Kiev wall as the Russians took a 26th minute lead. (First half highlights here.) Kiev turned the match on its head with a terrific second half fightback, Ayila Yussuf equalised with 20 minutes remaining, Gerson Magrao then put the Ukrainians in front and Oleg Gusev completed a brilliant 15 spell to leave Kazan beaten.