Chris Wright October 31, 2006 BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) – Chelsea took another step towards the last 16 of the Champions League as Didier Drogba rescued a 2-2 draw away to holders Barcelona with a last-gap equaliser which left the defending champions facing the danger of being eliminated.
10/31/2006 Kevin Fylan MUNICH (Reuters) – Injury-hit Bayern Munich secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League thanks to an uninspiring goalless draw at home to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday. Sporting were by far the better side in the Group B match and they almost made the breakthrough in the 76th minute
Dominic Fifield at Anfield Wednesday November 1, 2006 The Guardian Rafael BenÃtez choked last night as if he was a batsmen stumbling in the nervous nineties and, not for the first time, he was proved right to do so. After 99 matches, the Spaniard named an unchanged side here and, having proved his point, Liverpool
10/31/2006 Reuters SOFIA – Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen thrashed Levski Sofia 3-0 away in their Champions League Group A match on Tuesday to stay in the hunt for the knockout phase and give another hard lesson to the competition’s newcomers.
10/31/2006 Kevin Fylan BERLIN (Reuters) – Rafael van der Vaart is ready to make his first Champions League appearance for Hamburg SV against Porto on Tuesday but the Dutchman’s return is likely to be too late to save the struggling German side.
10/29/2006 Kaveh Mahjoob, footballmedia.com In the game of football, players, coaches, fans in the stands and teamsâ€™ managements make their marks in the success and failure of a team. Another group that has significant influence in how well a game is played is the â€œMen in Black.â€
Afshin Afshar, lastkick.com October 30, 2006 Vahid Hashemian played 68 minutes against Hamburg before being substituted for Brdaric. In one scene in the second half, he faced his fellow countryman Mehdi Mahdavikia and outran him on the left side. That was a particularly interesting sequence for all the Iranian fans who were anticipating the duel
10/30/2006 Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil recalled Werder Bremen midfielder Diego on Monday for a friendly international against Switzerland in Basle on Nov. 15. The 21-year-old, who has made an excellent start to his Bundesliga career, last played for his country in the Copa America final against Argentina more than two years ago.