October 2, 2008
Tottenham Hotspur rode their luck in Poland to secure a 1-1 draw at Wisla Krakow to win their UEFA Cup first round tie 3-2 on aggregate 57′ Campbell got the first but then Wisla Krakow came back from
83′ Brozek .The goal seemed to galvanise Krakow, though, and they continued to look dangerous.
But in going forward looking for the two goals they would need to take the game to extra time, they began to leave gaping holes at the back.
It was from an unlikely source that Spurs nearly profited from this, as a bursting run from midfield by Didier Zokora saw the home side’s defence open up but his shot curled just wide when Campbell was perhaps better placed for a pass.
Darren Bent then had a chance but sliced his shot just wide of the post as Krakow edged further up the pitch.Spurs survived a let-off ten minutes from the end when a Marek Zienczuk corner was headed goalwards by Brozek, but a combination of Bale and Gomes helped the ball onto the post and away.However, Krakow levelled the game soon after when a through ball from Diaz caught the Spurs backline flat-footed and Brozek lobbed the onrushing Gomes to set up a nervous finish.
Spurs survived a few late scares after Brozek missed a golden chance from six yards – heading straight at Gomes after the goalkeeper could only parry a long-range effort.
October 1, 2008
Robbie Keane wheels away after doubling Liverpool’s leadRobbie Keane scored his first goal for Liverpool in a comfortable 3-1 Champions League Group D win over PSV Eindhoven at Anfield.Rafael Benitez’s men remain top of group D after two games thanks to a dominant display at Anfield.
Captain Steven Gerrard was also on the scoresheet. The second-half strike was a historic one for the midfielder who notched his 100th goal for the club.
Liverpool started brightly against their Dutch opponents and Dirk Kuyt put them ahead as early as the fourth minute.
PSV goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson could not hold on to Fernando Torres’ shot and Kuyt was able to force the rebound past him– although the Swedish keeper should have done better with the follow-up.
The Dutch side threatened rarely with only one striker up front and that invited pressure from the Reds.
Keane should have been awarded a penalty when he was tripped by Carlos Saicido, before Torres went close with a header from Fabio Aurelio’s corner.
However, the home side eventually found the net again much to the delight of Keane and the Kop.
Torres and Kuyt combined down the right flank before the Spaniard crossed to find Keane in space in the box. Although the ball bobbled high the Irishman showed great control to sweep it past Isaksson.
The relief was there for all to see and Keane celebrated with his trademark somersault
Liverpool finally made it 3-0 when Gerrard thundered home a free-kick from 30-yards out. His landmark goal was certainly a memorable effort and sparked a party atmosphere inside Anfield.
That may have led to a slip in concentration as PSV got a late consolation goal through Danny Koevermans who beat Pepe Reina at the far post.
October 1, 2008
Chelsea were held to a drab 0-0 draw at Champions League newcomers CFR Cluj as Didier Drogba was carried off on a stretcher with knee ligament damage.Cluj proved their Matchday 1 victory at AS Roma was no flash in the pan as they held Chelsea FC to a goalless .Chelsea were not as threatening without Drogba up front and only had two long-range Lampard shots to show for their second-half efforts…Chelsea were determined to go for victory and brought on 19-year-old Franco Di Santo for Malouda. The Argentinian forward had barely been on the pitch when he out-jumped Stăncioiu to head just wide. But with ten minutes remaining Cluj came closest of all, Trică’s left-foot shot shaving Čech’s right-hand post. The Chelsea keeper then made a magnificent one-handed save from Pereira as CFR again proved they are a match for the best in European club football.Chelsea’s biggest concern will be an injury to Drogba
September 30, 2008
Dimitar Berbatov opened his Manchester United account with a well-taken second-half brace in a 3-0 Champions League win over Aalborg.United started very well and Rooney made United’s early domination count with a neat finish after 22 minutes.Berbatov finally open his United account Aalborg captain horribly miscontrolling a pass and the ball skewing into Berbatov’s path for him to fire his first goal. Berbatov hit a second with 11 minutes remaining, showing all his class by netting with a delightful side scissors kick from Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross.