Making the headlines on Wednesday evening were two newcomers to the group phase of the UEFA Champions League. While Cypriot sensations Anorthosis Famagusta were putting three past Panathinaikos, Romania's CFR Cluj held Chelsea to prove their win at the Stadio Olimpico two weeks ago was no one-off.
Match of the day
Anorthosis Famagusta 3-1 Panathinaikos
Goals: Iosu Sarriegi Zumarraga 11 og, Sinisa Dobrasinovic 15, Taher Hawar 78 (Famagusta); Dimitrios Salpingidis 28 pen (Panathinaikos)
Playing with the confidence of seasoned Champions League campaigners, Famagusta converted their first two attacks to put themselves in a commanding position early on against the Greeks. Four minutes after Lukasz Sosin had forced Sarriegi Zumarraga to head into his own net, Sinisa Dobrasinovic outjumped the Panathinaikos defence to nod in Savio's inviting free kick. Despite enjoying the majority of the possession, the visitors struggled to make headway against the Cypriot's high-tempo pressing game, and needed a penalty to reduce the arrears on the half-hour mark. The tournament new boys stuck to their task, however, and sealed the points through Taher Hawar's well-placed downward header.
Surprise of the day
Cluj 0-0 Chelsea
The Romanian champions showed that their opening-day triumph away to Roma was no fluke when they secured a goalless draw against an unimaginative Chelsea side. To make the Londoners' unsatisfactory night even worse, frontman Didier Drogba was forced off with a knee injury.
After conceding four in their first outing against Chelsea, Group A strugglers Bordeaux shipped another three against Roma. The Italian side were under the cosh at times, but made the most of Henrique's dismissal after half an hour to run out easy 3-1 winners. Mirko Vucinic cancelled out Yoann Gourcuff's sparkling opener before Julio Baptista wrapped up the points with two goals in the closing 20 minutes.
In the second match in Group B, Inter Milan made the perfect start when Maicon latched onto Adriano's reverse pass to put them ahead against Werder Bremen. The Italians paid the penalty for sitting on their lead, however, as Werder roused themselves from their lethargy and drew level when Claudio Pizarro converted Mesut Oezil's excellent centre 15 minutes into the second half. Inter pressed hard late on, but were made to rue their overconfidence.
Barcelona were indebted to Lionel Messi for their fortunate win against a solid Shakhtar team in Donetsk. Still trailing to Ilsinho's 44th-minute strike as injury time approached, the Catalans equalised when the diminutive Argentinian pounced on a mistake by keeper Andrei Pyatov. Messi then turned probable defeat into unlikely victory by getting on the end of a sublime Xavi through-ball and lobbing the hapless Pyatov in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time. In the other Group C encounter Sporting downed Basle 2-0 to condemn the Swiss to their second defeat.
Finally, Group D pacesetters Liverpool and Atletico Madrid followed up their opening-day victories by winning again. The Reds made a fast start against PSV thanks to Dirk Kuyt's opener on 4 minutes. Robbie Keane then opened his account for his new employers, before Steven Gerrard thrashed home his 15th Champions League goal as the 2005 champions cantered to a 3-1 win without really impressing. Over in Madrid, meanwhile, Marseille were caught cold by Sergio Aguero's early opener before restoring parity through Mamadou Niang. The visitors paid for their defensive shortcomings, however, when Raul Garcia touched home a free kick to complete the scoring in a lively encounter.
30 years and 213 days - the average age of the Anorthosis Famagusta team, the oldest line-up among the 32 sides contesting the group phase. The second most experienced outfit is Inter Milan, with an average age of 29 years and 228 days.
Goal of the night
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Marseille
Sergio Aguero 4 (1-0)
Maxi Rodriguez' superb chipped pass over the top of the Marseille back line found its way to his Argentinian team-mate, who brought the ball down perfectly between two defenders, shook them off with a sublime feint and placed a firm drive wide of the helpless Steve Mandanda. Aguero has now bagged three goals in two games, and is the tournament's leading scorer.
What they said
"We were expecting a match like this. They showed they know how to play football and they were very motivated in front of an amazing crowd. They had nothing to lose and played with real confidence because nobody thought they'd get a single point in this group." Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
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