Atletico Madrid 1 – Liverpool 1 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Liverpool raced to an early lead in Spain, Alonso won back his own misplaced pass in midfield, Gerrard picked up the play before threading a pass to Robbie Keane, and the Irishman stepped up and finished expertly. (First half highlights here.) Yossi Benayoun had a goal ruled out for offside early in the second half, but Atletico then picked up their game, and were unlucky to see Simao’s shot come back off the post. Eventually, after upping their game significantly, Atletico drew level, Forlan picked out Simao who finished well past Reina. (Second half highlights here.)
Chelsea 1 – Roma 0 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Chelsea had the first chance against Roma, Doni pulling off a save for the TV cameras from Frank Lampard’s volley. Lampard then saw his shot from a free-kick clip the top of the bar in the 23rd minute. (First half highlights here.) Kalou forced a point-blank save from Doni from his header off a Lampard’s free-kick. Finally in the 77th minute Chelsea found the back of the net, John Terry ran across the near post to head home Lampard’s corner. (Second half highlights here.)
Basel 0 – Barcelona 5 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Hopeless Basel conceded after just four minutes, but Barca’s goal was wonderful as Danny Alves’s clever no-look cross was brilliantly converted by Messi on the volley. Minutes later Bojan had a goal ruled out for offside, but Barca soon netted their second, Sergi Busquets finishing after being skillfully teed up by Xavi. And by the 22nd minute it was three, Messi fed Bojan on the edge of the box, and the youngster turned and fired into the bottom corner. (First half highlights here.) Barcelona killed the game 180 seconds into the second half, Bojan raced away to finish like an experienced pro for the fourth before Xavi stroked home a simple fifth after woeful Swiss defending.
Inter Milan 1 – Anorthosis Famagusta 0 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) After Dellas warmed up Toldo with a testing free-kick, Adriano had a chance against Famagusta but his shot flashed just wide. A poor first half ensued, but just before the break Mourinho’s halftime talk got much easier as Maicon’s cross (who himself was picked out by a super pass from Zlatan) was headed home by Adriano. After the break Muntari was inches away from adding a second, but his header was millimeters off target.
Panathinaikos 2 – Werder Bremen 2 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) Werder Bremen took the lead in Greece as Ozil’s free-kick was controlled by Per Mertesacker (hand?) who scored as if he was a striker. But Panathinaikos hit back, Mantzios guiding a fine header into the far corner. And after the break Mantzios bagged his and Pana’s second with a controversial header that appeared to be saved on the line by the fullback (where is Hawkeye when we need it). But the Germans drew level in the 82nd minute, Hugo Almeida was given too much space in the box to head home the equaliser.
PSV 2 – Marseille 0 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Ibrahim Afellay missed a sitter from two yards against Marseille. But after the break the home fans had everything to cheer about, Danny Koevermans powered home a header into the far corner (why do teams not have players on the posts?). Koevermans made sure of the points five minutes from time with a diving header from Mendez’s cross.
Bordeaux 1 – CFR Cluj 0 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) After a blank opening 45, Bordeaux moved ahead against surprise package Cluj as Cadu, under no pressure whatsoever, managed to spectacularly badly turn Gourcuff’s cross into his own net.
Manchester United 2 – Liverpool 2 (FA Premier Academy U18 League, October 18, 2008) Liverpool led through James Ellison after 12 minutes when he fired in following a good ball from David Amoo. Federico Macheda then scored a quick-fire first-half double for United, the first a six-yard volley from Davide Petrucci’s right-wing cross while the secondÂ was a shot across the keeper from Cameron Stewart’s pass. But Liverpool did draw level when Adam Pepper was brought down in the box and the 16-year-old got up to fire home the spot-kick himself.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 – Karlsruhe 1 (Bundesliga, October 22, 2008) The game exploded in the final ten minutes. Karlsruhe’s Franz scored with a header in the 82nd minute, but Frankfurt equalised when Liberopoulos’ free-kick was converted by Koehler two minutes later. Amanatidis then slotted home the winner in injury time to lift Frankfurt out of the bottom three.
Kuruvchi Bunyodkor 1 – Adelaide United 0 (Agg. 1-3) (Asian Champions League, October 22, 2008) Adelaide became the first Australian team to make the Asian Champions League final, despite Bahodir Pardaev’s winner for the hosts 12 minutes from time.
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 – Gamba Osaka 3 (Agg. 2-4) (Asian Champions League, October 22, 2008) Takahara put Urawa on the scoreboard in the 36th minute when he picked up a poor clearance and fired home the opener. But Gamba put in a stellar second half performance to reach the final thanks to goals from Yamaguchi, a Yamagishi own goal,Â and Endo.
Joe Public 0 – Atlante 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2008) Ismael Valadez scored the opener for the Mexican side, before Gabriel Pereyra added the second. The result saw Joe Public eliminated from the tournament, while Atlante advance to the quarter-finals.
Cruz Azul 2 – DC United 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2008) Have you ever seen a game in which a team had two goalies sent off? DC United now have. After picking up an earlier booking, James Thorpe received his marching orders for alleged time-wasting (in the first-half!) after the keeper slowly switched the ball from one side of the goal to the other for a goal-kick. Vigneri scored five minutes later for Cruz’s opener to give the hosts a halftime lead. In the final stages the madness intensified, DC’s Gonzalo Martinez was grounded in the box, the ref failed to stop play and neither did the hosts, eventually creating a chance that Zeballos blasted home. An incensed Louis Crayton, the sub keeper, aggressively challenged the referee’s call for the goal, managing to talk himself into a red card.
River Plate 1 – Guadalajara (Chivas) 2 (Copa Sudamericana, October 22, 2008) Chivas scored through Omar Arellano and Fabian de la Mora to down River Plate, whose sole goal came via SebastienÂ Abreu.
Internacional 2 – Boca Juniors 0 (Copa Sudamericana, October 22, 2008) Alex scored twice in the second half.
Palmeiras 0 – Argentinos Jrs 1 (Copa Sudamericana, October 22, 2008) Palmeiras suffered from some disgraceful refereeing decisions to lose the game with only nine men on the pitch. In the 17th minute, Lima’s free-kick bounced over the line via the underside of the Argentinos crossbar but the goal was not credited. Then, the hosts won a penalty early in the second half. Diego Souza converted but the goal was disallowed for a pause in the run-up, with the second attempt expertly saved by the keeper. Escudero put the Argentines ahead in the 66th minute, and Palmeiras lost their head, losing Evandro and Gladstone as the game descended into farce.