Auxerre upset Arsenal rhythm

AJ Auxerre won 2-1 at Highbury on Tuesday, while Real Madrid CF were held by AEK Athens FC.

AJ Auxerre made it an unhappy 53rd birthday for Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger by recording a surprise 2-1 win at Highbury on UEFA Champions League Matchday Four.

Auxerre stay alive
Auxerre kept alive their hopes of progress from Group A by beating an Arsenal side who began the night with maximum points from their first three games. However, first-half goals from Olivier Kapo and Khalilou Fadiga were enough to secure Auxerre their first victory of the section, despite Nwankwo Kanu pulling a goal back.

Bruggink rescues PSV
BV Borussia Dortmund remain second in the group after a 1-1 home draw with PSV Eindhoven, Arnold Bruggink cancelling out Jan Koller's early opener for the German side.

Madrid held
Like Arsenal, Madrid also failed to book their place in the second group stage after losing a two-goal lead at home to AEK Athens FC. Steve McManaman's first-half double looked to be enough for Madrid but the Greek side fought back through goals from Konstantinos Katsouranis and Walter Centeno

Roman stalemate
It also finished level in the other Group C match where AS Roma and KRC Genk fought out a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

Thriller in Lyon
Arguably the most entertaining match of the night was at the Stade Gerland where Olympique Lyonnais and Internazionale FC drew 3-3 in Group D. Sonny Anderson completed the scoring after Hernán Crespo's second-half double looked to have won Inter the match. It was Anderson's second goal and also on target were Lyon's Eric Carrière and Claudio Caçapa, the latter with an own goal.

Enerly equaliser
In the other group match Dagfinn Enerly's late penalty earned Rosenborg BK a 1-1 draw at AFC Ajax, cancelling out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first-half opener. Ajax's Jelle Van Damme was sent off for the deliberate handball that led to spot-kick.

Owen hat-trick
Finally to Group B where Liverpool FC became the first English side to win at FC Spartak Moskva in European club competition thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick. Although Spartak led through Aleksandr Danishevski, Owen's three goals meant they became the first side eliminated from the first group stage of the Champions League.

Landmark goal
Ivan Ergic's last-minute goal rescued a point for FC Basel at home to Valencia CF. He had earlier given the Swiss side the lead with the 2,500th Champions League goal, only for Valencia to hit back through Rubén Baraja and Curro Torres. The Spanish champions had defender Roberto Ayala sent off in the closing minutes.

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