Facing a strong test from home-standing Aalborg, Man United took a brace from Dimitar Berbatov in the second half on top of a Wayne Rooney first half strike to win 3-0 in Denmark. Aalborg played hard and well but ran out of gas in the second half against the constant threat of United attack. Almost thirty shots were sent at keeper Zaza, and he did well on the majority, but that many shots are almost guaranteed to net a few. On the uni front, United wore their majestic blue European kits.
Marcos Senna saved Villareal in Spain with this 67th minute goal against Celtic. United and Villareal now sit atop Group E with 4 points each.
Ze Roberto scored in the second half to even the score with Lyon after a first half own-goal, bringing a point to Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena. Don’t even get me started…
Meanwhile, Fiorentina and Steaua drew nil-nil at the Artemio Franchi to earn each side a point in Group F. Bayern lead the group on four points while Fiorentina and Lyon lurk with two. Steaua did well to earn the away point but have work to do in order to catch up.
Group G saw Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor destroy Porto at the Emirates Stadium, 4-0. Each scored twice in each half, with Adebayor’s final tally coming on penalty. Still, Porto sit on three points with Arsenal just ahead with four.
Fenerbache failed to score at home and drew nil-nil to Dynamo Kiev at Sukru Saracoglu. Fenerbahce earned its first point and Dynamo tallied its second, but each side appears to lack the quality of front-running Arsenal and Porto.
Finally, in Group H, Real Madrid earned its second victory and six points on Ruud van Nistlerooy’s 31st minute tie-breaker. Danny evened the scored after a Zenit own-goal left the home side trailing early. But van Nistelrooy’s goal gave the Spanish giants an impressive away victory.
And in Bulgaria, BATE Borisov gave up two late first half goals to Vincenzo Iaquinta and ultimately drew 2-2. Sergey Krivets and Igor Stasevich scored in the 17th and 23rd minutes, respectively, but the Bulgarians could not hold off Juventus late in the half. Through two rounds, Madrid sit on six points with Juventus following on four. BATE earned its first point while last year’s UEFA Cup champions Zenit have yet to gain a toehold.