VIDEO: Manchester United salvage a last-gasp 3-all draw with CSKA to qualify; Atletico hold Chelsea to a 2-all draw; Honours-even between Real & Milan

Manchester United 3 – CSKA Moscow 3 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) CSKA Moscow took a surprise lead at Old Trafford in the 25th minute when Alan Dzagoev once again showed his quality with a terrific left footed strike from a tight angle. Four minutes later United equalised through Michael Owen who looked a little offside. Two minutes later CSKA retook the lead through Milos Krasic. Almost straight after the restart United were left with a mountain to climb as Vasili Berezutsky headed the Russians into a two-goal lead. Paul Scholes pulled a goal back after 84 minutes, heading home from Gary Neville’s cross. Antonio Valencia’s deflected shot in injury time secured the draw United needed, and Deividas Semberas was sent off for CSKA late on to add to their misery.

Atletico Madrid 2 – Chelsea 2 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) Sergio Aguero volleyed an unstoppable effort past Petr Cech as Atletico Madrid scored their first goal in this season’s Champions League. Didier Drogba, back in European action after a three-match suspension, nodded in Florent Malouda’s cross in the 82nd minute and then Drogba raced through the defence to give Chelsea the lead six minutes later. Aguero, who had come on with just over half an hour left, capped a fine performance with a curling free kick in the final minute that was too good for Cech.

AC Milan 1 – Real Madrid 1 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) Karim Benzema put Real Madrid in front at the San Siro just before the half hour after Dida had parried a shot from Kaka. Ronaldinho equalised from the spot after Pepe had handled a Zambrotta cross.

Besiktas 0 – Wolfsburg 3 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) Zvjezdan Misimovic produced a fine run from deep and great long range finish to give Wolfsburg the lead at Besiktas. Christian Gentner secured the three points with a delightful goal in the 80th minute, the midfielder lobbing the ball into net from 20 yards out as the stopper looked on in vain. Serial goalscorer Edin Dzeko wrapped up proceedings with a final flourish in the 87th minute.

Marseille 6 – Zurich 1 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) An og from Silvan Aegerter after three minutes and a second scored by Fabrice Abriel on 11 put OM well in charge. Alexandre Alphonse pulled one back just after the half hour but Mamadou Niang restored the two-goal advantage seven minutes after the break. Further goals from Vitorino Hilton, Benoit Cheruyu (goal of the game) and Brandao completed OM’s rout.

Maccabi Haifa 0 – Juventus 1 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) Mauro Camoranesi gave Juve a deserved lead on the stroke of halftime and although the Italians were pegged back for much of the second half, they hung on to cement second spot in Group A.

Bayern Munich 0 – Bordeaux 2 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The French champions took the lead in the 38th minute when playmaker Yoann Gourcuff saw his downward header creep past the flailing Hans-Jorg Butt before Marouane Chamakh clinched maximum points for the visitors in stoppage time after another blunder by Bayern’s shot-stopper.

APOEL Nicosia 0 – FC Porto 1 (Champions League, November 3, 2009) Falcao’s late strike sent Porto into the knockout stages of the Champions League following a 1-0 win over APOEL Nicosia.


Colon 3 – Huracan 0 (Apertura, November 3, 2009) Federico Nieto scored a hat-trick in eight minutes for Colon but the forward did not celebrate any of the goals against his former employers. Nieto’s third was a copy-cat of Cesc Fabregas’ goal in the north London derby, arriving straight from a misplaced Huracan kick-off.


Wellington Phoenix 3 – Newcastle Jets 0 (A-League, November 3, 2009) Goals to Tim Brown, Chris Greenacre and Paul Ifill capped a dominant display as Wellington secured just their third win of the campaign.