FC Bayern München are on the verge of exiting the UEFA Champions League after Filippo Inzaghi's double strike in the Olympiastadion ensured AC Milan emerged 2-1 victors on a dramatic night of Matchday Three action in the UEFA Champions League.
Goal machine Inzaghi has now hit seven goals in three Champions League games this season, but the more telling statistic is that Bayern have just one point from their first three games. Inzaghi put Milan ahead after 52 minutes with Claudio Pizarro replying for Bayern two minutes later. But Milan were not to be denied and Inzaghi's 84th-minute winner left the 2001 champions tottering on the edge of elimination while Milan have nine points and are on the verge of reaching the second group stage.
Elsewhere in Group G, RC Deportivo La Coruña bounced back from last week's 4-0 home reverse against Milan to overcome a stern Lens side 3-1 and move on to six points. Lens went ahead after just ten minutes when Daniel Moreira outpaced Héctor Berenguel and shot beneath José Molina. However, a second-half equaliser from Roy Makaay and further goals from substitute Joan Capdevila and César Martín wrapped up the three points.
United move ahead
In Group F, Manchester United continued to cruise with a 4-0 win against Olympiakos Piraeus FC to go clear at the top with nine points. Welsh international Ryan Giggs scored a goal in each half to complement strikes from Argentinian Juan Sebastián Verón and Norwegian forward Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Zé Elias was sent off for Olympiakos. The other game in the group between Maccabi Haifa and Bayer 04 Leverkusen finished 2-0 in favour of the German side thanks to a Marko Babic double. Maccabi, Leverkusen and Olympiakos are now all level on three points.
No goals in Group E
In Group E Juventus FC lead the way on seven points after beating Newcastle United FC 2-0. Alessandro Del Piero scored both goals to leave the English side bottom of the group with no points. Feyenoord and FC Dynamo Kyiv drew 0-0 in Rotterdam in the other group fixture and are now on five and four points respectively.
In the day's early game, FC Barcelona turned on the style against FC Lokomotiv Moskva with a 3-1 win in Group H. The Russian side put up spirited resistance, but Barcelona were simply irresistible as Patrick Kluivert's opener and a glittering double from Javier Saviola nailed Barcelona's intentions to the mast by securing their third victory in three games. A superb goal from James Obiorah provided a measure of consolation for Lokomotiv.
Deadlock in Istanbul
The evening's other Group H game, between Galatasaray SK and Club Brugge KV ended 0-0. Galatasaray are second in the group on four points, two ahead of Brugge and three ahead of Lokomotiv.
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