Masculins / Champions League

Update on OL’s European opponents

Published on 18 September 2006 at 11:49 AM
Olympique Lyonnais’ three Champions League group rivals all played on Sunday in their domestic championships...
[IMG41155#L]Real Madrid struggled, but at least got the basics done in defeating Real Sociedad 2-0, just four days after their loss at the Stade Gerland. Yet the opening was a long time coming from a Madrid outfit that had trouble finding their marks in the first half. After the break their pressing game finally told and after a big Ruud van Nistelrooy chance went begging, José Antonio Reyes finally gave Real the lead with a sumptuous 20m free-kick. In stoppage time, David Beckham then made the game safe. The win sees Fabio Capello’s side climb another place in the standings to fourth, two points from the leading trio of FC Sevilla, FC Barcelona and FC Valencia.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Roberto Carlos (Raul Bravo 46), Cannavaro, Sergio Ramos, Cicinho, Emerson (Robinho 59), Guti, Diarra, Van Nistelrooy, Raul, Reyes (Beckham 74).

[IMG41156#L]Returning to domestic action after a Champions League midweek is never easy and the players of Steaua Bucharest experienced that very thing this weekend. Just a few days after their 4-1 triumph away to Kiev, Steaua were held to a 1-1 draw away to cross-town rivals Rapid Bucharest. Last year’s UEFA Cup semi-finalists suffered. Trailing for an hour, they finally drew level through substitute Daniel Oprita, scoring his third of the campaign.
As a result they have lost further ground on championship leaders Dinamo Bucharest. The two come head to head this Wednesday in a match that will go a long way towards deciding this year’s crown.
Steaua: Carlos Fernandes, Petre Marin (Daniel Opriţa 82), Dorin Goian, Sorin Ghionea, Mihai Neşu, Bănel Nicoliţă, Sorin Paraschiv (c), Florin Lovin (Cyril Thereau 62), Vasilică Cristocea (Gigel Coman 52), Nicolae Dică, Valentin Badea.

[IMG41157#L]Meanwhile Dynamo Kiev bounced back from their Champions League nightmare with a 1-0 win over Illichovets Marioupol. The only goal of the game was scored by Croatian Goran Sablic, just before half-time. The win sees them keep pace with Shaktor Donetsk at the top of the table with 19 points from seven games, although Shaktor have the better goal difference, +18 to +14.
Dynamo Kiev: Shovkovsky (c), Sablic, Nesmachniy, Gavrancic, Corrêa, Belkevich, Cernat, Rincon, Husyev, Rodrigo, Shatskikh. Substitutes: Mikhalik, Rodolfo.