Liverpool's woes continue

Liverpool slipped to their second consecutive defeat on Wednesday, going down 2-1 in Istanbul on matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League. The Reds now have their backs to the wall, particularly since Marseille remain unbeaten at the top of Group A, having taken a point from their 1-1 draw with Porto.

AC Milan, on the other hand, put their poor domestic form behind them with a 4-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Real Madrid also ran in four goals but left it late, turning a 2-1 deficit just after half-time into a 4-2 win at home to Olympiakos.

Match of the day
Real Madrid 4-2 Olympiacos
Goals: Raul (2'), Robinho (68', 83') and Javier Angel Balboa (90'+3) for Real Madrid, Luciano Galletti (7') and Julio Cesar (47') for Olympiacos

Quite a comeback from Real. Raul got the Merengue off to the perfect start, pouncing on a poor clearance to open the scoring, and when Vassilas Torosidis was sent off after 13 minutes for the Greeks, the game seemed all but over. Predrag Djordjevic had other ideas, however, and a 1-0 lead for Real had been transformed into a 2-1 advantage for the visitors by the start of the second half. Tiredness soon began to set in for the Greeks, however, and Robinho secured all three points with a second half brace.

The surprise result
Besiktas 2-1 Liverpool
Goals: Sami Hyypia (og 13') and Bobo (82') for Besiktas, Steven Gerrard (85') for Liverpool

A second consecutive defeat for the vice-champions of Europe, who enjoyed most of the possession but rarely managed to break down a Besiktas team spurred on by its partisan fans. A botched clearance by Jamie Carragher set up Serdar Ozkan, whose right-foot shot from 12 yards out was deflected into the back of the net by Sami Hyypia. Ten minutes from time, the Finnish defender was done for pace by Bobo, who doubled the Turks' advantage, meaning that Steven Gerrard's late header was no more than a consolation.

Goal(s) of the night
Real Madrid 4-2 Olympiacos

Veteran Serbian international Predrag Djordjevic, 35, treated fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid to a veritable feast of attacking football, playing his part in both Olympiacos goals. For the first, he outpaced Michel Salgado down the left wing before teeing up Argentinian Luciano Galletti for the simplest of goals. The second saw him win a free-kick which he himself took, finding Brazil's Julio Cesar with enough space in the box to fire home.

Lessons learnt
Marseille struggled against Porto and conceded a late penalty but still managed to earn a point, keeping them unbeaten at the top of Group A.

In Group B, Chelsea had their French-speaking connection to thank for their 2-0 win over Schalke 04, with Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba finding the target. The Blues are now four points clears of their rivals after Valencia went down 2-0 away to Rosenborg.

Real's win over Olympiakos sees them clear at the top of Group C, in which Werder Bremen finally got off the mark with a 2-1 win over Lazio.

AC Milan opened the scoring early and cruised to a 4-1 win over surprise Group D leaders Shakhtar Donetsk, while Benfica left it until the 87th minute to grab the only goal of the game against Celtic and put themselves back on course for qualification.

Tonight's number - 12
Olympiakos have now gone 12 matches without a win away to Spanish opposition in Europe. The Greek side have lost all four of their ties against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and have a record of two draws and ten defeats on their Spanish travels.

AC Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk met during the 2004-2005 season in a very tough Group F which also featured Barcelona and Celtic. Milan won 1-0 in Ukraine and 4-0 at the San Siro, with Kaka and Hernan Crespo both bagging a brace. Shakhtar nevertheless finished third in the group after home wins over Celtic (3-0) and Barcelona (2-0).


Group A
Besiktas 2-1 Liverpool
Marseille 1-1 Porto

1. Marseille, 7 points
2. Porto, 4 points
3. Besiktas, 3 points
4. Liverpool, 1 point

Next round of matches, to be played on Tuesday 6 November

Group B
Rosenborg 2-0 Valencia
Chelsea 2-0 Schalke 04

1. Chelsea, 7 points
2. Valencia, Schalke 04 and Rosenborg, 3 points

Next round of matches, to be played on Tuesday 6 November
Schalke 04-Chelsea

Group C
Werder Bremen 2-1 Lazio
Real Madrid 4-2 Olympiakos

1. Real Madrid, 7 points
2. Olympiacos, 4 points
3. Werder Bremen, 3 points
4. Lazio, 2 points

Next round of matches, to be played on Tuesday 6 November
Lazio-Werder Bremen
Olympiacos-Real Madrid

Group D
Benfica 1-0 Celtic
AC Milan 4-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

1. Milan and Shakhtar, 6 points
3. Benfica and Celtic, 3 points

Next round of matches, to be played on Tuesday 6 November
Shakhtar Donetsk-AC Milan