Fenerbah?e SK - S.S. Lazio 2-0 (0-0)
(Web 78' (pen), Kuijt 90'+1; Red Card: Onazi (Laz) 48')
Luli?' lazy clearance was deflected to Sow but Marchetti managed to
tip the Senegalese's effort onto the post. Apart from that, Lazio
managed to contain the Turkish attacks until just after the break when
their Nigerian youngster Ogenyi Onazi saw his second yellow card for
a badly mistimed tackle on Cristian. Immediately afterwards, Raul
Meireles saw his effort also come off the upright while Lazio's best
opportunity was a Candreva shot that skimmed the outside of the right
post. A stupid handball by ?tefan Radu finally broke Lazio's
resistance as Pierre Web sent Marchetti the wrong way from the spot,
and in the last minute of the game Dirk Kuijt was on hand to bury the
rebound after Marchetti had spilled Caner Erkin's free-kick.
I'm sure that Lazio could have had a much better result with a less
destructive approach. Both Red Card and penalty were very stupid.
SL Benfica - Newcastle United FC 3-1 (1-1)
(Rodrigo 25', Lima 65', scar Cardozo 71' (pen); Ciss 12')
A long pass by Danny Simpson sent Sissoko on a run on the right flank
and Ciss tapped in his low cross from short range. Not long
afterwards Ciss's deflected shot was met with a great finger-tip
save by Artur who diverted the ball onto the post. At the other end,
Krul was called into action against Gaitn, and did also well to parry
scar Cardozo's shot, but he was helpless as his defenders were too
slow to react and Rodrigo smashed in the rebound. Krul also made two
great saves in short succession against Andr Gomes and Ola John, and
later one against Gaitn.
Just after the break Ciss found himself again alone in front of the
net after a nice pass from Marveaux but his nicely chipped effort only
hit the post again. At the other end, scar Cardozo missed the ball
in front of the empty net, but generally, Toon had this match under
control until two defensive black-outs did them in - first Santon
sent a terrible backpass towards Krul that Lima (on as a substitute
just four minutes earlier) intercepted before rounding Krul and
scoring from a tight angle, then Steven Taylor completely needlessly
handled the ball in the box, although some of the blame needs to go
to Sissoko who had shied away from the ball in the last second,
thereby irritating Taylor. scar Cardozo had to take the penalty twice
because of encroachment, but converted both times.
*** Newcastle, but like Lazio they only have themselves to blame.
Tottenham Hotspur FC - FC Basel 1893 2-2 (1-2)
(Adebayor 40', Siguresson 58'; Stocker 30', F. Frei 34')
Bale vs. Bale (sorry) was a hugely entertaining game, and lots of
credit for that has to go to the Swiss side.
Sch?r, Streller and Steinh?fer all missed chances for Basel early on
while a Bale free-kick and a Naughton shot that were both dangerously
deflected by Dragovi? were Tottenham's best efforts. Unfortunately for
Tottenham, Lennon pulled a hamstring and had to be substituted by
Siguresson before the half-hour mark, and soon after Basel were one up
thanks to a great play - Valentin Stocker with a little luck broke
through the Spurs defence and sent the ball out wide to Salah, his low
cross was deftly controlled by Streller who dummied Naughton before
sending a shot against the right post and Stocker was on hand to bury
the rebound. Four minutes later, they made it two, Vertonghen
inadvertently flicked on Stocker's corner kick and Fabian Frei who had
escaped his marker Naughton headed past a helpless Friedel. Stocker
should even have made it three, but one-on-one with Friedel he sent
the ball wide. Tottenham then pulled themselves together and after
some sustained pressure on the Swiss area and blocked shots from
Adebayor and Parker the ball bounced back to Adebayor and with the
Swiss defense in disarray he volleyed in from close range. Immediately
afterwards, Scott Parker produced one of the misses of the season -
Siguresson sent a great through ball to Holtby, the German collided
with Basel's 'keeper Sommer and the loose ball fell to Parker who with
the goal at his mercy and only the prone Holtby blocking his path
contrived to hit the sole of Holtby's foot from whence it hobbled
After the break, Basel's chances dried up a bit, and Sommer was called
into action for a fine save against Naughton, before Tottenham got
a lucky equaliser when Siguresson's shot took a deflection off Sch?r
and looped over Sommer. Immediately afterwards, young Salah was again
alone through on goal but in front of Friedel his shot went well wide.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, they had to play the last couple of
minutes with 10 men after Gallas had to hobble off the pitch, and in
the last minute of stoppage time, Bale went over on his ankle and had
to be stretchered off. A ruptured ligament seems likely, now that's
some rotten luck.
With better finishing, Basel could have put six past them, so the draw
is actually a good result for Spurs. Lennon, Gallas and Bale all out
injured in one match is a hard blow, of course.
Chelsea FC - FC Rubin Kazan 3-1 (2-1)
(Torres 16', 70'; Moses 32'; Natkho 41' (pen))
A mysterious masked man scored twice for Chelsea.
The still reigning CL champions (with a much changed line-up compared
to the FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United) started well and
opened the scoring after Rubin's captain Sharonov misjudged a long
ball into the area by David Luiz and while Torres initially awkwardly
fell onto the ball he still managed to stick out a leg and somehow
steer it past Ryzhikov. The Russian 'keeper then did well to claw out
Victor Moses' header, but Rubin couldn't clear the ball and after some
good pressure by Torres the ball kindly fell again to Moses who
volleyed in under the crossbar. Just when everything seemed to go
smoothly for Chelsea, John Terry blocked Ansaldi's shot with his arm
and the Israeli Bibras Natkho calmly despatched the penalty to give
Rubin the potentially valuable away goal. After the break, Ryzhikov
did well to save from short range against Mata, but was helpless as
Torres rose to head in Mata's cross. Rubin failed to trouble the hosts
overmuch in the 2nd half.
Marko Marin watch: came on in the 82nd minute, received a booking in
the 92nd (thereby giving up a free-kick that ended in a last-gasp
half-chance for Rubin).