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.

Bordeaux 2 – Bayern Munich 1 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) An unfortunate own goal from Michael Ciani, slicing a corner into his own net, handed Bayern a sixth minute lead in Bordeaux. Just before the half hour mark Les Girondins levelled with a brilliant goal, Michael Ciani going from zero to hero converting a corner with a Zola-esque flick into the near post. Munich then had Thomas Muller sent off for two bookings, and as well as being a man down they found themselves a goal down at the break after Marc Planus stuck a boot out to score from a scrappy free-kick.

Porto 2 – APOEL Nicosia 1 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) APOEL were in dreamland 21 minutes into the match in Porto as a delicious cross from the left wing was turning into his own net by Alvaro Pereira. The hosts hit back ten minutes later as Hulk stroked in the equaliser after the Cypriots were caught out at the back, and minutes after the restart Hulk bagged his second from the penalty spot to complete the turnaround.

Juventus 1 – Maccabi Haifa 0 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) Maccabi Haifa managed to get to the break at Juventus without conceding, but to minutes into the second half the Israelis defence was breached as Giorgio Chiellini powered home a header from a set-play.

FC Zurich 0 -  Marseille 1 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) OM picked up their first points of the competition thanks to Gabriel Heinze’s right-footed volley in the second half.

Wolfsburg 0 – Besiktas 0 (Champions League, October 21, 2009) Wolfsburg dominated the game, missing a series of chances and hitting the woodwork, until striker Grafite was sent off for hitting Ibrahim Kas late in the second half as the Turks held on for a point.


Al-Ittihad Jeddah 6 – Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 (Asian Champions League, October 21, 2009) Having been 2-1 down with under half an hour on the clock. Al-Ittihad finished the match in spectacular fashion with Mohammed Nour helping himself to a hat-tick.

Pohang Steelers 2 – Umm Salal 0 (Asian Champions League, October 21, 2009) Skipper Hwang Jae-won and Kim Jae-sung headed Pohang Steelers into a commanding position following the first leg of their Asian Champions League semi-final.


River Plate 0 – San Lorenzo 1 (Copa Sudamericana, October 21, 2009) After a goalless first half, San Lorenzo midfielder Juan Manuel Torres was sent off eight minutes into the second period for a bad tackle on Jorge Zambrana. But Uruguayan defender Pablo Pintos’ 70th minute header nevertheless secured the win which puts Diego Simeone’s side in pole position ahead of the second leg.

Cerro Porteno 2 – Botafogo 1 (Copa Sudamericana, October 21, 2009) Paraguayan’s Cerro Porteno took the lead in the 33rd minute when Carlos Recalde connected with a Julio Irrazabal cross. Parity was restored 12 minutes after the interval as Reinaldo fired past Diego Barreto. Botafogo then lost midfielder Leo Silva was sent off for a foul on Recalde and Emerson for holding Roberto Nanni in the box, resulting in a penalty that Nanni squeezed past goalkeeper Jefferson. Recalde became the third player to be dismissed in stoppage time following a challenge on Reinaldo.


W Connection 3 – Real Espana 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2009) Trinidad’s W Connection defeated Honduras’ Real Espana 3-2 in Group D, with two goals in the first 10 minutes from Jose Carlos Diaz. Jose Luis Seabra scored the winner in the 65th.

Metapan 3 – Houston Dynamo 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2009) El Salvador’s Metapan had lost all five of its previous group games, but Emerson Umana’s deflected free kick gave the hosts a shock 3-2 win against a stunned Houston, which would have reached the quarters with a win.

Pachuca 2 – Arabe Unido 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2009)


Santo Andre 2 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, October 21, 2009) Striker Nunes scored both goals for Santo Andre, who pulled clear of the relegation zone on goal difference, while Palmeiras forward Obina twice hit the woodwork. Palmeiras, the league leaders, have now lost their last three matches without scoring and gone four games without a victory.