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German glee at Bremen brilliance

Published: Wednesday 3 November 2004, 12.00CET
A stunning home display by Werder Bremen ensured press plaudits in Germany while Ronaldinho earned rave reviews.
Published: Wednesday 3 November 2004, 12.00CET

German glee at Bremen brilliance

A stunning home display by Werder Bremen ensured press plaudits in Germany while Ronaldinho earned rave reviews.

A stunning home display by Werder Bremen ensured press plaudits in Germany while there was Dutch delight at the exploits of PSV Eindhoven. On a night of some brilliant solo performances, Ronaldinho's dramatic intervention at Camp Nou earned admiration in Spain and Italy.

Arsenal FC 1-1 Panathinaikos FC
This was the third time in as many Champions League matches that Arsenal have allowed two points to fritter away and, on top of their tumultuous defeat by Manchester United in the Premiership, it amounts to a significant wobble. Life has suddenly become complicated for a team that seemed capable of winning every prize and breaking every record. (The Times, England)

Panathinaikos jammed Arsenal's creative power and managed a draw at Highbury. The Greens played against the English champions without an inferiority complex. An impeccable defence and a match of substance in midfield and up front gave Panathinaikos a golden point in London.(Sportime, Greece)

PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Rosenborg BK
A beautiful Phillip Cocu pass, from which DaMarcus Beasley scored the decisive goal in a nerve-shredding home match against Rosenborg, has brought PSV closer to the next stage of the Champions League. Victory over an out-of-sorts Arsenal in three weeks would be enough for a ticket to the next phase. That would free the club of the fear of a final match in Athens. (Algemeen Dagblad, the Netherlands)

The gulf in quality is getting bigger and bigger. Rosenborg need to act now to stand a chance of challenging the big guns in the future. The defensive errors that were made are easy to erase, but all the technical errors tell more about the fundamental problems with today's Rosenborg side. (Verdens Gang, Norway)

FC Barcelona 2-1 AC Milan
Yes, it was him, God visited Camp Nou last night, disguised in blue and claret. It was Ronaldinho who came out of his shell to raise the roof off Camp Nou and make all those previous defeats by the gigantic Milan a distant memory. What a goal! What passion! What a match!(La Vanguardia, Spain)

Barcelona clearly deserved their revenge, forcing Milan into their own half for the whole second half until Ronaldinho's fabulous shot gave them the win. Maldini and Nesta stopped Barcelona scoring more goals but we haven't seen Milan forced to play such defensive football for many years until Ronaldinho - a rare genius of modern football - ensured justice. (Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy)

Celtic FC 1-0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Martin O'Neill, the Celtic manager, expressed his relief after his team resuscitated their hopes of an extended European campaign this season. While Mircea Lucescu, delivered an incandescent and memorably melodramatic assessment of a game which saw the Ukrainian side have two players sent off, O'Neill was simply content to savour Alan Thompson's 25th-minute winning goal which ended the depressing run of three successive defeats. (The Scotsman, Scotland)

Shakhtar were left with nine players up against eleven. It was an unpleasant situation, given how much we wanted an equaliser. Shakhtar didn't manage it in the end, but it had been possible. And it's excellent that our footballers, shorthanded as they were, did attack and have chances. While Celtic's bubble burst and they failed to score more with a two-man advantage, we showed real character. (www.sport.com.ua, Ukraine)

Werder Bremen 5-1 RSC Anderlecht
This was simply world class! The crazy show of 'Boom-Boom Klasnic'. The Werder striker scored three times in the 5-1 over Anderlecht. He is the nightmare of the Belgians having scored twice in the first leg. Bremen are almost through to the last 16 of the Champions League. To be sure the German champions need a point in Valencia. (Bild, Germany)

The Weser Stadium is cursed for Anderlecht. After the 5-3 defeat of 8 December 1993 under Johan Boskamp, now Hugo Broos's team were humiliated 5-1. The Champions League is really over for Anderlecht. It was painful to see what the standard-bearers of Belgian football were reduced to with Europe watching. It was Waterloo at the Weser. (Het Laatste Nieuws, Belgium)

FC Internazionale Milano 0-0 Valencia CF
Inter played well and only bad luck and the great Cañizares denied them a win against a crisis-hit Valencia side. A few minutes before the final whistle, however, Adriano punched a Valencia defender - a moment of craziness that will cost him a long suspension. It was a senseless gesture, which shows how much tension there is within the Nerazzurri squad. (Corriere dell Sport, Italy)

Coming out of San Siro alive is always positive, but not this time. Valencia snatched a point from Inter that does little for their cause in this Champions League. The Milan side remain the leaders and Bremen, who thrashed Anderlecht, have all but sealed second place. Valencia still possess a remote option: they must win both of the next two games and pray that the Italians, with nothing to play for, do not lose when they visit the German capital. (Las Provincias, Spain)

PFC CSKA Moskva 0-1 Chelsea FC
No questions - it was a night of classy football. Having started with an English goal, secured with fabulous chess-like serenity, the evening was not tarnished by a more tactical second half. It was even, and this should be stressed: the hosts had the edge in the game, although the visitors got the result. (Sport-Express, Russia)

Moscow has proved an inhospitable place at this time of year for foreign generals but José Mourinho continues to march his troops through Europe unchecked. A combination of Arjen Robben's individuality, doughty defending and a little luck extended Chelsea's 100 per cent record in this competition to four matches last night and took them into the next round. (The Guardian, England)


FC Porto 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain FC
Although they were the only team seeking the three points, FC Porto could only manage their second draw in the group stage, and have only two points from four matches. Qualification will be very difficult now with two matches left, against CSKA and José Mourinho's Chelsea. (A Bola online, Portugal)

PSG have had enough troubles this season to not bother kicking themselves. Their goalless draw at the defending champions is in itself a good result. It was the minimum target for Vahid Halihodzic's men, who played with sufficient rigour, in a cautious 4-3-2-1, to achieve it without too much difficulty. Yet they can have legitimate regrets given the way the match panned out. (L'Equipe online, France)

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