Atletico Madrid 1 – Liverpool 1 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) (Longer 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Champions League, October 22, 2008) Liedson’s goal after a cheeky backheel from Derlei settled the tie in the second half.