Celtic 1 - 1 Man Utd

A late equaliser from Ryan Giggs denied Celtic a famous victory as Manchester United emerged from Parkhead with a 1-1 draw that virtually ensures the defending champions' passage to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday. A memorable first-half strike from Scott McDonald had put the Scottish champions on track for another big win in front of their supporters.

United were a shadow of the side that had cruised to a 3-0 victory in last month's first meeting between the two clubs in Group E, but their late pressure finally yielded an equaliser when Giggs finished off a rebound from Cristiano Ronaldo's shot six minutes from the end. The gulf between the two clubs in terms of resources was reflected in starting line-ups born of the ease with which Celtic had been swept aside at Old Trafford.

The proximity of Saturday's Premier League encounter with Arsenal ensured United's goalscorers on that night, Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney, both started on the bench while goalkeeper Ben Foster was given the opportunity to make his second start for the club. Celtic's desire to stiffen a midfield that had been overwhelmed at Old Trafford resulted in Shunsuke Nakamura being left on the bench while Irish teenager Cilian Sheridan was drafted in to support Scott McDonald in attack.

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Real Madrid 0 - 2 Juventus

Two superb goals by Alessandro Del Piero handed Juventus a 2-0 win at Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and a place in the knockout stage with two games to spare. Del Piero inspired double European champions Juventus with a low left-footed drive from the edge of the penalty box in the 17th minute, and sealed the win with a trademark free kick midway through the second half.

Juventus top Group H with 10 points from four matches, Real have six while Zenit St Petersburg are on four after a 2-0 triumph at bottom club BATE Borisov.

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Arsenal 0 - 0 Fenerbache

Arsenal's hopes of securing an early place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League ended in frustration on Wednesday, as Group G's bottom club Fenerbahce clung on for a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.

After a disappointing week in the Premier League left them off the pace in the title race, the Gunners appeared to run out of ideas against a Fenerbahce side they destroyed 5-2 in Istanbul a fortnight ago. They remain top of the group with two matches remaining, but Porto's victory in Kiev means things have suddenly become a lot tighter than they might have been. FIFA

Other Results;
Group E
Aalborg BK 2 - 2 Villarreal
Celtic 1 - 1 Manchester U.

Group F
Fiorentina 1 - 1 Bayern Munich
Lyon 2 - 0 Steaua Bucuresti

Group G
Arsenal 0 - 0 Fenerbahce
Dynamo Kyiv 1 - 2 FC Porto

Group H
BATE Borisov 0 - 2 Zenit St. Petersburg
Real Madrid 0 - 2 Juventus

1 comments

  1. Juan y Fer  

    November 6, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Hello,
    I think that the main point is the horrible level showed by Real Madrid yesterday against Juventus. It had not any ideas!
    Regards,
    http://saqueneutral.blogspot.com/
    (a blog about sport in English and EspaƱol)

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