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Benitez lashes out at lacklustre Reds

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Rafael Benitez condemned his Liverpool side's approach to their shattering 2-0 Champions League defeat by Fiorentina.The Spaniard seemed to suggest it was the worst European performance under his Anfield management.Two first-half goals from teenage striker Stevan Jovetic stunned Liverpool, and even with an improved display after break, the damage had already been done.Benitez said: "In that firs...Full Story »

Wenger welcomes Eduardo heroics

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger felt it was inevitable Eduardo would have a say in Arsenal's Champions League clash against Standard Liege, with the Croatia striker netting the winner as they recovered from going two goals down inside five minutes to win 3-2.Eduardo was only available because the club successfully appealed against UEFA's two-match ban imposed for diving against Celtic in the second leg of the qua...Full Story »

Smith hails Bougherra

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Rangers manager Walter Smith hailed Madjid Bougherra's strike as the defender transformed himself from villain to hero to claim a point in Stuttgart from their Champions League opener.The centre-half netted late in the game to cancel out Pavel Pogrebniak's opener after the Germans had dominated in the first half at the Mercedes Benz Arena.Bougherra may have felt he had amends to make after picki...Full Story »

Benitez unconcerned by narrow win

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Rafael Benitez brushed aside criticism of Liverpool's downbeat 1-0 Champions League victory over Hungarian champions Debrecen by insisting he was happy because it was a win.Liverpool's display in this opening Group E clash was way short of their best, and they were made to struggle by a team playing in the group stages for the first time.Dirk Kuyt grabbed the winner in the final seconds of the f...Full Story »

Chelsea will be ready for Reds - Ancelotti

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted he was far from happy with his team's performance in their uninspiring 1-0 Champions League win over unfancied Apoel Nicosia.Nicolas Anelka's 18th-minute goal gave Chelsea an undeserved Group D victory in Cyprus as Ancelotti's side produced another disappointing performance.The Italian coach had wanted a big reaction from his team following their 3-1 defeat...Full Story »

Setback for Owen as Giggs leads United fightback

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Michael Owen's World Cup dream has suffered a major setback after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the striker would be out for "two to three weeks" with a groin injury.It ends any lingering hope Owen had of being involved in England's final two qualifiers against the Ukraine and Belarus next month.And, given Fabio Capello was at Old Trafford to witness Owen limping off afte...Full Story »

Anelka exploits impress Ancelotti

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed matchwinner Nicolas Anelka as Chelsea stuttered to a nervous victory over Porto in their opening Champions League Group D game at Stamford Bridge.Anelka struck three minutes after the interval, beating Porto goalkeeper Helton at the second attempt to put Chelsea top of the group.But the Blues were forced to hang on towards the end of the game with goalkeeper Petr Cec...Full Story »

Laser fan leaves Ferguson fuming

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed local police had to step in after a fan with a laser targeted his Manchester United players in Istanbul.United opened their quest to reach a third successive Champions League final by beating Besiktas 1-0.Paul Scholes nodded home the winner 13 minutes from time, sealing a game where the visitors were on top without managing to make their superiority tell.But the game ...Full Story »

Di Matteo pleased by Bednar return

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Manager Roberto Di Matteo praised striker Roman Bednar on his return following a drugs ban as West Brom booked their place in the third round of the Carling Cup with a 4-3 extra-time win at home to Rotherham.Bednar was handed a three-month suspension by the club in May after he was caught in possession of cocaine.That ban expired this week and after Di Matteo turned to him as a 64th-minute subst...Full Story »

Hughton relieved after comeback

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton was a relieved man after seeing his threadbare squad ease their way past Huddersfield and into the third round of the Carling Cup with a 4-3 win.The Magpies trailed 3-1 at one point after Hughton chose to rest six members of his strongest side, and substitutes Shola Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez both limped off with what he hopes are minor injuries as they sta...Full Story »

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