FC Zurich 2 – Real MadridÂ 5 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) AfterÂ he wasÂ fouled just outside the box, Cristiano Ronaldo slammed an unstoppable free-kick into the Zurich net and paid back a small slice of his world record transfer fee. Raul grabbed the second from close range seven minutes later and on the stroke of half time Gonzalo Higuain all but finished off the game as a contest with the third for Real. A debatable penalty, fired home by Xavier Margairaz brought the home side back into the match on 64 and a minute later the comeback was truly on when Sylvan Aegerter headed home. But late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (horrible keeping) and Guti (a cute chip) restored the three goal advantage.
Marseille 1 – AC Milan 2 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In the right place at the right time, looking just onside, Pippo Inzaghi put AC Milan in front away at Marseille. The much maligned Gabriel Heinze headed OM level at the start of the second periodÂ butÂ despite dominating the second half, Marseille went behind again with Pippo Inzaghi again demonstrating his prowess at finishing in the box. (Individual highlights of Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva’s performances can be seen here and here.)
Wolfsburg 3 – CSKA Moscow 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Wolfsburg took a two-goal lead into the break at home to CSKA Moscow, Grafite slid home the first and the Brazilian striker also claimed the second from the penalty spot. Alan Dzagoev (“the new Arshavin”) brought CSKA back intoÂ the match only for Grafite to score his third, becoming only the sixth player to claim a hat-trick on debut in the Champions League.
Juventus 1 – Bordeaux 1 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) Just after the hour mark Vincenzo Iaquinta put Juventus one-up at home to Bordeaux. Jaroslav Plasil claimed a crucial late equaliser at the back post for Laurent Blanc’s side. (Individual highlights of Gigi Buffon’s performance can be seen here.)
Maccabi Haifa 0 – Bayern Munich 3 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) Some poor defending allowed Daniel Van Buyten to fire Bayern Munich into the lead midway through the second half in Israel. Thomas Muller did exactly as he did at Dortmund on Saturday, scoring twice (first here, second here)Â late on.
Atletico Madrid 0 – APOEL Nicosia 0 (Champions League, September 15, 2009) Atletico struggled to create openings in the first half and APOEL striker Constantinos Charalambides squandered two glorious chances to give the visitors the lead. Abel Resino’s home side were booed off at the break and although they came out with more purpose for the second period they could not find a winner.