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Wednesday Champions League Results

Posted by hiphopmama on October 25, 2008

Group A

Bordeaux 1-0 CFR Cluj-Napoca

Chelsea 1-0 Roma

  • This was a hard-fought battle between two sides who executed their game plans very effectively. Roma looked much better than the team that last to Inter 0-4 over the weekend, wisely, if ultimately unsuccessfully, opting to play a defensive game against a Chelsea team that hasn’t lost at Stamford Bridge in upwards of 85 games. Chelsea played smart, patient football as well, never getting antsy despite the 0-0 scoreline that lasted until the 77th minute, when John Terry got himself on the receiving end of a Lampard corner and sent the header into the goal. 

Group B

Inter Milan 1-0 Anorthosis Famagusta

Panathinaikos 2-2 Werder Bremen

Group C

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Sporting Lisbon

FC Basel 0-5 Barcelona

  • Barcelona dished out a thumping in this match, striking multiple times early on and then maintaining the clean sheet for the remainder of the game. Dani Alves played his first great game for Barca, and he started by setting up Messi with a beautiful chipped through ball for the first goal only three minutes into the match. Xavi played a similar ball in to Sergio Busquets ten minutes later, doubling the lead. The young fan favorite Bojan Krkic netted the third goal in an unassuming display that was much more difficult than it looked, warding off defenders and kicking it to the back post. Krkic doubled his tally in the 46th when a ball from Busquets sparked a wide open counterattack. Xavi gave the final blow a mere two minutes later, after some sweet passing around the area between him, Messi, and Hleb. This was in the 48th minute, and it was mostly smooth sailing from there. Henry and Krkic both had excellent chances go awry, and Basel let a few go too, but things were essentially wrapped up by the time of Xavi’s goal, to put it mildly. 

Group D

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Liverpool

  • Easily the match-up of the day, what with all the brouhaha over UEFA’s suspended stadium ban on Atletico and Fernando Torres’ homecoming to the Vicente Calderon. It mostly lived up to the hype, in that it was a spirited competition with dogged effort shown by the players throughout. Atletico will be the happier of the two teams with the result, as they went down early on a goal by Robbie Keane (if only he could do that in League play) and looked pretty tame in the opening half. Things picked up considerably in the second half, with Atletico dominating possession much more (the teams finished 50-50 on possession for the game). Simao Sabrosa – what a name, right? – finally leveled the match on a beea-yuuti-fulll curling shot that left Reina only able to look on. It was a fitting end to a good game for both sides.

PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Marseille

 

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