Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Mourinho finds winning way and holders struggle in Champions League
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The holders, Inter Milan, played away against Twente, and things seemed to be going just like last season when Wesley Sneijder scored a tap-in in the 14th minute. But then Twente came back, they scored two goals with Janssen first, and Diego Milito unfortunately heading the ball into the back of his own net from a Twente corner. 2-1 down, Inter Milan found a way to equalize before halftime, and it was Eto'o who slid a wonderful ball into the back of the net, making sure that the nerazzurri get a point in their first Champions League match.
Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid on the other hand had little difficulty against Ajax, a 2-0 win which could've been 5-0 was conquered by Mourinho's men at the Santiago Bernabeu. The first goal was an unlucky own goal by Twente's Anika from a corner, but Real Madrid had been hanging around the Ajax penalty area for quite some time, looking for a way to pierce through. The second arrived in the 73rd minute, Ozil had blasted a volley at Stekelenburg, and with the rebound, the German fed Higuain who easily tapped in.
Arsenal also decided to go on a rampage, defeating Sporting Braga 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium. And if you were to ask who was Arsenal's Messi? It'd have to be Fabregas. The Spaniard scored two goals and provided two assists, making sure that Arsenal would start on the right foot in this Champions League campaign.
In the ongoing battle between Germany and Italy in the UEFA co-efficient, this time it was Germany who won. Bayern Munich defeated Roma 2-0 at the Allianz Arena in Germany. The Italian side held strong, defending well with Julio Sergio making some great saves, but it was the wonderful Thomas Muller who broke through in the 78th. A wicked curling shot with the outside of his right foot, something which seemed slightly awkward, but do-able for a player of Muller's talent. The second goal was marked by Miroslav Klose, slipping in front of Julio Sergio to tap in a nifty goal which adds a bit of shine to the scoreline.
Tottenham drew in their debut in the Champions League group stages, a 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen which saw Crouch almost score twice, but his first was credited as an own goal by Pasanen. The Germans pulled back two goals with Hugo Almeida and the talented Marko Marin, putting everyone in Group A on one point.
Chelsea defeated Zilina 4-1 away from home, and Valencia also scored four in Turkey against Bursaspor as they won 4-0. Lyon defeated Schalke 04 1-0 with a single goal by Michel Bastos.
We'll have plenty of Europa League fixtures to look forward to on Thursday, and while they may not be as interesting, it still should be fun.