| Tuesday, October 22, 2002 18:22 EST
Arsenal shocked at home by Auxerre
LONDON -- Defending champions Real Madrid
and fellow Spaniards Valencia both gave up late equalizers on
Tuesday to put their progress to the second phase of the
Champions League on hold.
Real threw away a 2-0 home lead to draw 2-2 with AEK Athens
while Valencia was within seconds of its fourth win only to
draw 2-2 at Basel.
It was even worse for Arsenal, another side looking for the
three points needed to progress, as it lost 2-1 at home to
That, and Liverpool's 3-1 win at Spartak Moscow courtesy of
a Michael Owen hat trick, were the only positive results from
the night's games as six of the eight ended level.
Olympique Lyon and Inter Milan shared six goals in a classic
encounter in France and with Rosenborg Trondheim grabbing a late
equalizer for a 1-1 draw at Ajax Amsterdam, Group D remains wide
Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 at home with PSV Eindhoven in
Group A, a result that will ease group leaders Arsenal's
AS Roma missed a great chance to make ground on Real when
it was held to a goalless home draw by Genk in Group C.
The night had started well for Real as English midfielder
Steve McManaman scored two well-taken goals in the first half.
However, Real, who had to battle back to snatch a 3-3 draw
in Athens in its last European outing, got sloppy after the
break and Costas Katsouranis pulled one back after 74 minutes
and Walter Centeno snatched the equalizer four minutes from
Real remains top of Group C with eight points from four
games. Roma has five, AEK four and Genk two.
Valencia's disappointment came even later as Basel
midfielder Ivan Ergic got his second of the game in the last
minute to secure a notable 2-2 draw in Group B.
Ergic had put the Swiss side ahead in the 32nd minute -- the
2,500th goal scored since the Champions League began 10 years
ago -- only for Ruben Baraja (36) and Curro Torres (72) to turn
the game Valencia's way.
However, the Spaniards had Roberto Ayala sent off in the
88th minute and Basel took full advantage of the subsequent
defensive confusion to grab a point.
Valencia, runner-up in 2000 and 2001, remains top on 10
points but Liverpool, who hosts Valencia next at Anfield, has closed
the gap to three.
Liverpool conceded its first goal in five games --
Spartak's first in four Champions League matches -- when
18-year-old Aleksandr Danishevski scored after 23 minutes.
But, England striker Owen equalized six minutes later, put
the visitors ahead in the 70th minute and then finished off a
sweeping Liverpool move for his treble in injury time.
Basel is still in contention with five points but Spartak,
still pointless, is out.
Arsenal's seven-month unbeaten record was ended with a 2-1
English premier league defeat at Everton on Saturday and its
success-spoiled fans were stunned again on Tuesday, this time on
With three wins out of three and no goals conceded, the
Londoners were expected to cruise through. However, first-half
goals by Olivier Kapo and Khalilou Fadiga had a lively Auxerre
two-up at the break.
Nwankwo Kanu pulled one back eight minutes into the second
half but there were few other chances.
Arsenal remains top of Group A with nine points, two clear of
Dortmund, who it plays next week in Germany. Auxerre has four
points and PSV two.
Czech striker Jan Koller opened the scoring for the German
champions with a header after 10 minutes but striker Arnold
Bruggink volleyed a superb equalizer for PSV two minutes into
the second half.
Lyon, 2-1 winners in the San Siro three weeks ago, looked
on course for the double over Inter when it twice led through
Sonny Anderson (21) and Eric Carriere (44).
But, a Claudio Cacapa own goal and two for Hernan Crespo had
Inter eyeing victory, only for Andersson to get his second 15
minutes from time to settle it at 3-3.
The French champions top their group with seven points from
four games. Inter is second on five, ahead of Ajax (5) and
Rosenborg clung on to its slim qualification hopes thanks
to an 85th-minute penalty by Dagfinn Enerly.
Ajax had taken the lead after 41 minutes when Zlatan
Ibrahimovic scored from close range but ended with 10 men after
Jelle van Damme was sent off for handling the ball on the
goalline to give away the equalizing spot kick.