While reigning European champions AC Milan were held in Prague, FC Lokomotiv Moskva leapt back into action with a 2-1 defeat of AS Monaco FC as the UEFA Champions League first knockout round began. Recent champions Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern München drew and Arsenal FC won 3-2 at RC Celta de Vigo.
Despite not having played a competitive match for eleven weeks, Lokomotiv steamed into a 2-0 lead against the French Ligue 1 leaders. Amstel Man of the Match Marat Izmailov gave the home side a 32nd-minute advantage with a superb strike and Vladimir Maminov doubled the advantage just before the hour, pouncing on Vadim Evseev's lay-off. Fernando Morientes's header pulled one back 21 minutes from time to give Monaco hope for the second leg.
In a more cagey game in Prague, Milan and AC Sparta Praha fought out a goalless draw. Vladimír Labant's last-ditch tackle on Filippo Inzaghi ten minutes in cut out the best chance, while Dida made a diving save from Karel Poborský soon after. Gennaro Gattuso and Cafu were both booked for Milan as the holders held out for a draw.
An unusual goal by Roberto Carlos gave Madrid a share of the spoils against Bayern. It had seemed likely that Roy Makaay would be the toast of Munich after his goal put the home side 1-0 up, but with seven minutes remaining, the Brazilian full-back benefitted from a fumble by Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who allowed a free-kick to creep into the corner underneath his body.
In the evening's other game, Arsenal were twice pegged back by a battling Celta side in the Balaídos before finally chalking up their first-ever win on Spanish soil. Brazilian midfield player Edu twice put the English Premiership leaders ahead, first poking in from close range after heading down a Robert Pires free-kick, then skipping through two challenges in the second half before curling in a right-foot effort. The home side drew level first through their own Edu and then through José Ignacio Sáenz. However, Pires sealed Arsenal's win with ten minutes remaining.
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