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Milan marvels making waves

Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 10.54CET
AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano delighted the Italian press but the Portuguese perspective is bleaker. features

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 10.54CET

Milan marvels making waves

AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano delighted the Italian press but the Portuguese perspective is bleaker.
A wonderful night for AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano was reflected in tributes from the Italian press but the Portuguese perspective is bleaker after defeat for the holders. rounds up media reaction following the conclusion of Matchday 2.

PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Panathinaikos FC
The first goal for a Dutch club in the current edition of the Champions League delivered a capital victory for PSV. After a 1-0 win over Panathinaikos, PSV have qualification for the second stage in their own hands again, although Guus Hiddink's side have been in similar situations in the past only to fail to qualify in the end. (De Volkskrant, Netherlands)

Panathinaikos went to Eindhoven to earn a point and ended up playing with their hands down, not even trying to control the match's rhythm. They just defended (and poorly, we might add) against a rather modest team and completely forgot to attack. And, in modern football, one usually pays the price for such choices. (Sportime, Greece)

Rosenborg BK 1-1 Arsenal FC
The result, in itself brilliant against a club side of the highest standard, shows that anything is possible for the brave. And there were many brave men in the Rosenborg team against Arsenal. None more so than Roar Strand. He is the eternal machine and always impresses. (Verdens Gang, Norway)

It was a careless display by Arsenal and it resulted in a frustrating draw. Their progression through this Champions League match was less than regal. Goodness knows the last time they gave the ball away so much and snatched at so many chances. If they are to take the crown next May they will have to play a lot better. (The Independent, England)

FC Barcelona 3-0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Europe has discovered the new Barça. And they like what they have seen – how could they not! The Champions League must be thrilled to welcome back this team, the only Spanish club not to have lost in the first two matches. Barça play like angels - to the sheer delight of Camp Nou. (El Periódico, Spain)

Barcelona are stronger than Shakhtar. This is perhaps how it is. The difference is big, and it's not just about class, it's also about experience and everything that comprises the essence of this game. Shakhtar are at the beginning of their journey, which may yet lead them to the heights where Barça reside. (, Ukraine)

AC Milan 3-1 Celtic FC
Milan played like cats do with mice for all of the first half. If they were more cynical they could have scored several goals against a Celtic side that did not manage a shot on target for the first 45 minutes. After the break Milan were suddenly on their knees. The Scottish team took control of the game, equalised and continued to attack. Until Superpippo came on as substitute. (Corriere dello Sport, Italy)

After an extraordinary game, and an amazing Celtic fightback, all that could be heard in the San Siro last night was the late, crashing collapse of Celtic's resolve. They had utterly turned the match around and, for Martin O'Neill, those dying moments must have made for agonising viewing. (The Herald, Scotland)

RSC Anderlecht 1-3 FC Internazionale Milano
Anderlecht cannot compete at Champions League level. Besides some late chances, it was a nothing performance. Kompany was the only one who really stood tall. The Inter millionaires were better in every way. Very painful.(Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium)

It was a great night for the Nerazzurri. The Inter fans have long dreamed of seeing their side play like that but now they can open their eyes. The team is completely transformed. Last night we have seen the goals, the playing style and the rationality of a team who have everything to become a top European side in this Champions League campaign. (Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy)

Werder Bremen 2-1 Valencia CF
Valencia began as vibrant and happy as their multi-coloured shirts but ended looking dour and sad. And without even the strength to defend a cherished 1-1 scoreline. They paid for their lack of football and conservatism before and after suffering Marchena's dismissal, which was also a decisive factor. (El País, Spain)

First EURO 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas sat on the bench sulking, then he was brought on and his goal put Werder in Champions League heaven. The Greek international was the fourth striker coach Thomas Schaaf looked to in the match and he got the winning goal. If Werder continue to play the way they did after the break then they can go a long way. (Bild, Germany)

Chelsea FC 3-1 FC Porto
For so sober and meticulous a team, Chelsea have made surprisingly short work of Group H. The holders Porto clutch just one point after this and Paris St-Germain none at all, making the progress of José Mourinho's men virtually certain. They were too steely, and with a pair of headed goals from free-kicks, too strong for the side he once controlled. His philosophy now flourishes in London. (The Guardian, England)

The European champions couldn't cope with the effectiveness displayed by Mourinho's Chelsea and lost 3-1. FC Porto were very unstable in defence and struggled to create goal chances. This bad result could compromise the qualification for the next stage of the UEFA Champions League. (, Portugal)

PFC CSKA Moskva 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain FC
All discussions about CSKA lately might have been different in form but were the same in subject - do the Army Men have a team yet? This morning we can all say they do. And the principles that make a team successful are already built in - persistency, faith to the chosen way, good use of the substitutes' bench and an accent on the individual qualities of the expensive signings. (Sport Express, Russia)

The cold Moscow weather seemed to spark a PSG rebirth. For an hour, Pierre-Fanfan and his team-mates, in a new three-defender system, delivered their best show of the season with half a dozen opportunities. Then Semak intervened. Paris are again buried under doubts, after two games and two losses in the Champions League, they have compromised their chances. (Aujourd'hui - Le Parisien, France)

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