Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Round-up: Barca edge closer

Lionel Messi
Messi scored his 30th Champions League goal against FC Copenhagen

Barcelona remain top of Champions League Group D on eight points despite drawing 1-1 at FC Copenhagen, who are a point behind them in second place.

BBC Sport rounds up all the action from across Europe in the fourth round of group games.

Full group standings can be found here.


Tottenham's 3-1 win over Inter Milan at White Hart Lane took them level with the Italians at the top of Group A on seven points.

Gareth Bale was once again the star performer, providing the crosses for Peter Crouch to score Spurs's second and Roman Pavlyuchenko to add a third. Between these two goals Samuel Eto'o had given Inter brief hope of snatching a result after Rafael van der Vaart had scored the home side's opener.

However, still in with a chance of qualification are Dutch champions FC Twente, who beat 10-man Werder Bremen 2-0 to take themselves to five points.

After Bremen had dominated for the majority of the match, the 74th-minute dismissal of Torsten Frings swung the balance in the Dutch side's favour, with Nacer Chadli quickly finding the breakthrough through a deflected shot.

Luuk de Jong added the second to seal Twente's win - the first by a Dutch club on German soil in the Champions League in more than 14 years.

German side Bremen, who next travel to White Hart Lane, are bottom of the group with two points.


French side Lyon wasted a chance to qualify for the last 16 of the tournament with games to spare by going down 4-3 at Portuguese outfit Benfica.

However, they at least managed to emerge from the game with some dignity after falling 4-0 behind midway through the second half, and remain top of the group on nine points.

Benfica - six points adrift of Lyon before kick-off - tore into the visitors and seized a 3-0 half-time lead courtesy of goals from Alan Kardec, Fabio Coentrao and Javi Garcia, before Coentrao's second after the break.

However, Yoann Gourcuff started the Lyon fightback before Bafetimbi Gomis struck five minutes from time. Dejan Lovren headed home in the fifth minute of injury time, but the points went to Benfica, who are third in the group with six points.

The other match in Group B produced a dour goalless draw between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Schalke, which leaves the latter second with seven points and the former bottom of the group with only one point.


Manchester United remain in charge of Group C, with their 3-0 win over Turkish side Bursaspor taking them to eight points.

Darren Fletcher slammed United ahead at the start of the second half before French winger Gabriel Obertan made sure with a superb lashed second.

Portuguese substitute striker Bebe added a late deflected third.

A point behind United are Valencia, who beat Rangers 3-0 in Spain.

Roberto Soldado shot the home side into a half-time lead as the visitors failed to deal with a corner.

The same player slipped home a 71st-minute strike before Tino Costa slid in a last-minute effort via a post.

This leaves the Scottish champions in third place on five points, four points ahead of bottom-placed Bursaspor.


Barcelona continued their disappointing away form in the Champions League by drawing 1-1 at Danish side FC Copenhagen.

The Spanish champions have won only one of their last 11 away matches in the competition, drawing nine of those.

Argentine forward Lionel Messi put Barca ahead in the 31st minute when he latched on to a loose ball in the box and volleyed in his fourth goal in this season's competition and his 30th Champions League goal overall.

However, Copenhagen were level less than a minute later when home keeper Victor Valdes fumbled a cross from former Chelsea winger Jesper Gronkjaer, allowing Claudemir to volley in at the far post.

FC Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken and Barceloa coach Pep Guardiola
Solbakken and Guardiola exchanged angry words at full time

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and his opposite number Stale Solbakken were involved in a touchline spat at the final whistle, with the Copenhagen boss having to be restrained after Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets shoved him away from his coach.

The preceding fixture at the Nou Camp had seen Barca goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto banned for two matches for tricking Copenhagen player Cesar Santin into believing he was offside.

Solbakken had subsequently suggested Pinto's punishment was not harsh enough, and the dispute appeared to spill on to the pitch at the final whistle on Tuesday.

"Ask him (Solbakken) what happened, he knows how to manipulate the media very well," said Guardiola. "I think he has behaved very badly in this situation."

Barca remain favourites to qualify top of the group, with an away game at Panathinaikos and final home match against Rubin Kazan to come.

The other match in Group D between Russian champions Rubin and Greek side Panathinaikos ended in a goalless draw.

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