Champions League

Real Madrid wins again

2009-10-01 09:57
Cristiano Ronaldo (File)

London - Real Madrid maintained its perfect start to the season with a 3-0 victory over Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday, while group rival AC Milan tumbled 1-0 at home to FC Zurich.

Madrid scored three goals in seven minutes at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice and being fouled in the area for Kaka to add the resulting penalty. That foul led to the dismissal of Souleymane Diawara for a second yellow card and Ronaldo went off with an ankle injury just after scoring his second.

"When you see the injury and, certainly, Cristiano's ankle - I think it was the right call," Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini said.

The result was Madrid's second Champions League victory to go with five wins in a row in the Spanish league.

Pellegrini's team now leads Group C by three points after Hannu Tihinen's 10th-minute goal gave Zurich victory at the San Siro, where Ronaldinho was on a star-studded Milan bench. It was another blow for Milan, which is below halfway in the Serie A standings after only two wins in six games.

Manchester United came from behind to beat German champion Wolfsburg 2-1 at Old Trafford to make it two wins in a row and open a three-point advantage at the top of Group B.

After lanky striker Edin Dzeko headed Wolfsburg in front with a far-post header in the 56th minute, Ryan Giggs drove home a deflected free kick for his 150th United goal three minutes later and Michael Carrick scored from the edge of the area in the 78th.

The only downside was Michael Owen going off with a recurrence of a groin injury. Watched by England coach Fabio Capello, Owen was hoping for a good performance to help him regain his spot in the national squad.

"With a groin injury, it is difficult to say (how long he will be out), maybe two or three weeks," Man United manager Alex Ferguson said. "But his fitness levels are good, so we shouldn't need to worry too much about that."

Alan Dzagoyev and Milos Krasic fired CSKA Moscow to a 2-1 victory over Besiktas as the Russian team captured its first Group B victory and dropped the Turkish side to last place.

Former champions Bayern Munich and Juventus drew 0-0, and Bordeaux beat Maccabi Haifa 1-0 thanks to an 83rd-minute goal by Michael Ciani. The victory puts Bordeaux level on points with Bayern in Group A, while Juve has two points from two draws.

"We created many 100 percent chances but did not use them and it's disappointing," Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said. "Our first half was really excellent and I am pleased with the way we played against one of the top teams, although not with the result."

Nicolas Anelka's 18th-minute goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory at APOEL Nicosia to keep the Blues top of Group D with six points from two games.

Chelsea captain John Terry said the team responded well after Saturday's surprise 3-1 loss to Wigan, which ended its run of six domestic wins.

"You can't afford not to believe in yourself and your teammates. We've responded to Wigan well, but you don't get too much time to think about it," he said. "Three points puts us top of the group and it's six points from two games, which is a very good start."

Late goals by Radamel Falcao Garcia and Rolando gave FC Porto a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid to move into second spot with three points. APOEL and Atletico have one each.

Among Tuesday's games, defending champion Barcelona beat Dynamo Kiev to move top of its group and Group H leader Arsenal made it two wins in two by beating Olympiakos 2-0.

Sevilla outplayed Rangers 4-1 in Glasgow to top Group G and Lyon won 4-0 at Hungarian champion Debrecen to also make it maximum points in Group E.

Five-time European champion Liverpool went down 2-0 at Fiorentina and now is three points behind Lyon in the same group.


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