VIDEO: The Geriacticos edge The Galacticos in 5-goal thriller; Valencia’s late strike gives United the points in Moscow; Chelsea punish poor Atletico


Real Madrid 2 – AC Milan 3 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here, slightly longer here and extended here.) The failings of Milan keeper Dida were on full view as the Rossoneri fell behind in the Bernabeu, Granero’s shot was headed straight down the keeper’s throat only for the Brazilian to horrendously fumble his catch allowing Raul the easiest of tap-ins. Midway through the second half Milan levelled with a screamer, Andrea Pirlo picked up the ball 35-yards from goal and, with nothing much on, the schemer rifled a stunner into Casillas’ near post. Milan then incredibly stole the lead, Casillas unnecessarily raced out his goal to cut out a ball over the top only for Alexandre Pato to beat him to the and score into the empty net. The Los Blancos rallied, Roysten Drenthe scoring from a corner to set up a grandstand finish. Raul had a goal cleared off the line and Milan had a goal furiously chalked off before Alexandre Pato stunned Real by volleying in Milan’s third from an exquisite Seedorf chipped pass.

CSKA Moscow 0 – Manchester United 1 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a generally dull match on the plastic pitch in Moscow, United managed to eek out a win five minutes from time as a Nani cross from the left was flicked on by Berbatov and Antonio Valencia was able to convert at the back post. (Fergie’s post match interview can be seen here.)

Chelsea 4 – Atletico Madrid 0 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Blues headed into the break 1-up over Atletico after an incisive move started with a no-look pass by Lampard to find Cole bombing down the left was finished off by Salomon Kalou from under the bar. Crisis-club Atletico conceded a second early in the second half with Salomon Kalou heading in number two from Frank Lampard’s corner. The awful Rojiblancos then fell three behind as Frank Lampard ended his goal drought with a low drive from 20-yards. Atletico’s horrible evening was capped off by Luis Perea heading a Chelsea free-kick is headed into his own net.