Thursday, October 22, 2009

Champions League and Europa League Wrap Up: Small Teams Prosper

Halfway now, halfway across the Champions League group stages, while many teams look ahead to the following games, many are looking behind at the many own goals and more that cost them points.

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In the Champions League, this round was full of action, and to anyone who said that the group stages were going to be boring, so far I am entertained. Probably the most unexpected result was AC Milan beating Real Madrid 3-2, Pato had said before last week's Serie A game against Roma, "If I score now, nothing will stop me." Pato decided that game scoring the goal that helped seal the 2-1 comeback. Against Real Madrid, he scored two important goals that provided AC Milan a crucial victory they needed. Liverpool who needed a result against Lyon lost 2-1 thanks to a late goal by Delgado, the reds needed a victory and will look to win their next game against Lyon in France. Italian Champions Inter Milan continue to disappoint drawing 2-2 against Dinamo Kyiv, Lucio's own goal did not help, while Stankovic scored another important goal for the club. Fiorentina went away to Debrecen and were able to overcome with a splendid 4-3 victory, Mutu scored twice with Gilardino and Santana scoring the other two goals. Atletico Madrid continue their poor form losing 4-0 to Chelsea, while Bordeaux triumph over Bayern Munchen 2-1.

In the Europa League Italian teams thrive with late goals, Roma tying 1-1 against Fulham with a late goal by Andreolli, and Lazio finishing off Villareal 2-1 with a last minute goal from Rocchi, the other Italian team in the cup, Genoa, were defeated 3-0 by Lille, adding to the 5-0 loss during the weekend against Inter Milan. Everton are demolished by Benfica, a match which ended 5-0 thanks to two goals from ex-Real Madrid player Saviola. Celtic are beaten 1-0 at home by Hamburger SV, showing that this round in Europe, the small teams have thrived.

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