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UEFA: Milan salvage point at Camp Nou; CL Review

Posted in European Football by peterbein on September 14, 2011
Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva scored Milan's crucial equalizer in Barcelona on Tuesday

Concerns over FC Barcelona’s defence continued after the first of this season’s UEFA Champions League matches were played throughout Europe last night.

The defending Spanish and European champions had home advantage in their Group H encounter against AC Milan but were behind after just 25 seconds with Alexandre Pato scoring the fastest goal ever scored in the competition. The hosts, who lost a two goal lead in a 2-2 draw against Real Sociedad last weekend, had turned it around by early in the second half with Pedro and David Villa getting on the score sheet for the Catalans. As the seconds ticked towards the end the Italian champions, who had also drawn their most recent league match 2-2 against Lazio, won a corner which was turned home by Thiago Silva deep into stoppage time to ensure that the score line would be replicated in this match. Fortunately for them neither of the other teams in their group were able to capitalize as Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň, making their debut in the UEFA Champions League, drew 1-1 at home to Belarussian champions BATE Borisov with Marek Bakoš  and Renan Bressan scoring the respective goals.

Other Champions League action on Tuesday saw the English come out on top in a double Anglo-German battle. Premier League runners-up Chelsea FC defeated their Bundesliga counterparts Bayer 04 Leverkusen by two goals to nil whilst Arsenal FC were moments away from a famous win against Borussia Dortmund only for Ivan Perišić to score at the death as the German champions salvaged a 1-1 draw in the Group F fixture. Chelsea top Group E with a two point lead over both Racing Genk and Valencia CF, both of whom played out a turgid 0-0 stalemate in Belgium, whilst Olympique de Marseilla took control of group F with a 1-0 win at Greek champions Olympiakos with Lucho González’s goal proving decisive. Group G saw two come-from-behind wins for Portuguese champions FC Porto and Cypriot title holders APOEL Nicosia with both sides coming from a goal down to win 2-1 against Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit Saint Petersburg respectively.

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