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Barça wins, Rangers and Stuttgart lose

Published on 08 October 2007 at 12:05 AM
All of Olympique Lyonnais’ Champions League opponents played at home this weekend but only FC Barcelona won. Rangers and Stuttgart both went down without scoring.
[IMG42469#L]FC Barcelona – Atletico Madrid: 3 - 0

FC Barcelona seems to have hit its cruising speed. With 2 draws in the first 3 rounds, Frank Rijkaard’s men have gone on to record 6 wins in a row, including 4 in the league. Thanks to their 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, the Catalans go second, just 2 points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Once again Barcelona made the break early, this time through Deco (15’), who pounced on an error from Abbiati, and Messi (19’). The Argentine leads the goal scorers charts with 6 goals in as many matches.
At the death, Xavi also beat the Madrid keeper (89’).
Out injured for the last few weeks, Ronaldinho was a starter in this match.

FC Barcelona: Valdes, Abidal, Puyol, Milito, Oleguer, Xavi, Iniesta, Deco, Ronaldinho (Giovani 81’), Henry (Krkic 86’), Messi.

[IMG42470#L]Rangers FC – Hibernian: 0 - 1

Five days after their exploits at Gerland, Rangers were perhaps tired out. At any rate, they had a terrible match, losing 0-1 to Hibs. Dominant and more attacking, Rangers went down to a Murphy strike in the 61st minute.
Walter Smith made almost no changes to the side that beat OL. Only Cousin, Beasley and McCulloch made way for Whittaker, Adam and Boyd in the second half.
Rangers’ loss takes them down to 3rd place on the table, 2 points behind Hibs and 3 behind arch-rivals Celtic.

Rangers: McGregor, Hutton, Cuellar, Weir, Papac, Whittaker (Naismith 68’), Hemdani, Ferguson, Thompson (McCulloch 68’), Adam, Boyd (Cousin 77’).

[IMG42471#L]VfB Stuttgart – Hanover 96: 0 - 2

VfB Stuttgart ended a poor week with a 0-2 home defeat. After Barça in the Champions League on Wednesday, it was Hanover’s turn to dominate Armin Veh’s men.
As often happens, Stuttgart started the match poorly, with Fernando Meira earning a red card early on (7’), conceding at the same time a penalty that Huszti duly converted (8’). At the beginning of the second half, Hanover’s Hungarian defender doubled the lead (52’), putting an end to any hopes of a result for the reigning champions of Germany.
VfB dips 2 places to 12th on the table.

VfB Stuttgart: Schäffer, Boka (Farnerud 59’), Osorio, Tasci, Fernando Meira, Pardo, Hilbert, Khedira, Marica (Magin 17’), Gomez (Ewerthon 78’), Cacau