Shocks and goals in Europe
Liverpool's 2-0 defeat in Florence and Inter Milan's 1-1 draw away to Rubin Kazan provided the major shocks as matchday 2 in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League began.
Elsewhere, Lyon and Sevilla scored the biggest wins of the night, easing to respective 4-0 and 4-1 victories at Debrecen and Glasgow Rangers and moving to the top of their sections in the process. FIFA.com rounds up those stories and more from an entertaining evening in Europe's premier club competition.
Match of the day
Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool
Goals: Stevan Jovetic 28, 37
Young Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic took on the role of Liverpool's executioner in Florence, scoring a smart double to give his side a deserved victory. Denying the visitors space high up the pitch and rarely allowing them to settle on the ball, the Italians overran their out-of-sorts opponents, who clearly lacked the calming influence of Javier Mascherano.
Jovetic's opener came when he beat a poorly executed offside trap and slotted the ball past the exposed Pepe Reina. His second arrived only minutes later when he turned Gonzalo Vargas's well-struck cross-shot in at the near post after the Reds defence had failed to clear their lines. And although Liverpool regained their composure in the second half, a solid Viola outfit held on comfortably for an important win.
Surprise of the day
Rubin Kazan 1-1 Inter Milan
Goals: Alejandro Dominguez 11 (Rubin Kazan), Dejan Stankovic 27 (Inter Milan)
The Russian champions opened their UEFA Champions League account with a fine showing in which they caused problems aplenty for a ragged Inter Milan side. The hosts were rewarded for their early domination with Argentinian forward Alejandro Dominguez's fine solo goal. Picking up the ball 40 metres out, the former Zenit St Petersburg man evaded the attentions of Lucio and Walter Samuel before striking an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
The Italian champions were on level terms 15 minutes later when Dejan Stankovic headed in a Maicon cross at the far post. The home side's delightful one-touch football frustrated the Nerazzuri, with Mario Balotelli picking up a red card with an hour gone. But despite creating some good chances, Rubin failed to capitalise on their one-man advantage and had to settle for a share of the points.
Lyon took to the top of Group E with an emphatic display away to Hungary's Debrecen. Orchestrated by the young Bosnian Miralem Pjanic, the former French title holders were rarely troubled by the tournament debutants and made the most of their chances to run out easy winners.
Barcelona moved ominously into pole position in Group F with a measured performance against a valiant Dynamo Kiev. The Catalans were once again indebted to playmaker-in-chief Lionel Messi, who opened the scoring when he cut in from the right and struck a low shot in at the near post. Equally impressive was Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma, aka Pedrito, who scored a second late on to cap a relatively comfortable evening for Barça.
In Group G Sevilla made it two wins out of two when they romped to a 4-1 win over Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox Park. After an even first half, the Spaniards got to work, scoring all their goals in 24 second-half minutes. In the other game in the section, Stuttgart looked to have everything under control against Romanian new boys Unirea Urziceni when they went into an early lead. The Germans fell away after the restart, however, allowing the home side to pull level and secure their first ever Champions League point.
And in Group H Arsenal were almost held at bay by an inspired showing from Olympiacos goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis. But after pulling off half a dozen superb stops, the Greek custodian was powerless to prevent Robin van Persie opening the scoring on 78 minutes and Andrei Arshavin adding a second just before the end. Finally, in the battle of the newcomers Standard Liege grabbed a late 1-1 draw at AZ Alkmaar.
5 - The number of consecutive wins Liverpool had put together before going down in Florence, four of them in the Premier League and one in the Champions League. In the course of that run the Reds scored 17 goals, eight of them coming from their Spanish striker Fernando Torres, who was well marshalled by the Viola defence on Tuesday.
Goal of the night
Debrecen 0-4 Lyon (Bafetimbi Gomis 51)
Running on to Kim Kallstrom's long ball over the top, Bafetimbi Gomis nodded the ball over the advancing keeper with his first touch, then expertly lobbed the ball over the last defender and into the net with his second for a simple yet beautifully executed goal.
What they said
"It's a point gained because we could easily have lost. Essentially it's a positive result." Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho
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