Rangers surprises Lyon; Barcelona prevails over Stuttgart
LONDON: Manchester United and Arsenal both won 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Rangers beat Lyon 3-0 in the biggest surprise so far in this season’s group stage.
Wayne Rooney scored midway through the second half to give United a crucial victory over AS Roma, and Robin van Persie’s 76th-minute goal lifted the Gunners at Steaua Bucharest.
Rangers beat six-time defending French champion Lyon on goals by Lee McCulloch, Daniel Cousin and DaMarcus Beasley.
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UEFA Cup holder Sevilla beat Slavia Prague 4-2 for the biggest win of the evening; 2006 champion FC Barcelona won 2-0 at Stuttgart; and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to lead Inter Milan to a 2-0 win over visiting PSV Eindhoven 2-0.
United has scored only seven goals in its eight Premier League games, so a repeat of last season’s 7-1 quarterfinal win over Roma was never likely. Roma competed well at Old Trafford and only lost to a 70th-minute goal by Rooney that earned United its sixth narrow 1-0 win in its last eight matches.
United has a maximum six points from two Group ‘F’ games, three more than Roma and Sporting Lisbon, which won 2-1 at Dynamo Kiev. Dynamo Kiev is last and without a point.
Arsenal, the Premier League leader, moved within sight of the quarterfinals after improving to six points in Group ‘H’ with an away victory at Steaua. Van Persie scored his fifth goal of the season in the 76th minute.
Sevilla moved to three points, the same as Slavia Prague, after a pair of goals in each half against the Czech side. Frederic Kanoute scored one and set up two others.
Kanoute and Luis Fabiano put the home side ahead 2-1 at halftime before Julien Escude and Arouna Kone wrapped up victory. It would have been worse for Slavia, but David Kalivoda got an injury-time goal for the visitor.
Rangers beat Stuttgart 2-1 two weeks ago and surprisingly retained a share of the Group ‘E’ lead with two-time European champion Barcelona after winning in France.
Barcelona joined Rangers with six points after Carles Puyol and Lionel Messi scored second-half goals to set up the win for the Spanish side at Stuttgart.
Italian champion Inter, which fielded a team without one Italian, got its first Group ‘G’ win even though it played the last 25 minutes with 10 men after Christian Chivu was sent off for a second yellow card against PSV.
Inter’s first win gave it three points, but Fenerbahce stayed top of Group ‘G’ after a 2-2 draw at CSKA Moscow.
The Turkish team has four points after two games, one more than Inter and PSV. CSKA has one.
The results: Group ‘E’: Olympique Lyon 0 lost to Rangers 3 (Lee McCulloch 23, Daniel Cousin 47, DaMarcus Beasley 53); Stuttgart 0 lost to Barcelona 2 (Carles Puyol 53, Lionel Messi 67).
Group ‘F’: Manchester United 1 (Wayne Rooney 70) bt AS Roma 0; Dynamo Kiev 1 (Vladyslav Vaschuk 27) lost to Sporting Lisbon 2 (Tonel 14, Anderson Polga 38).
Group ‘G’: CSKA Moscow 2 (Milos Krasic 49, Vagner Love 53 pen) drew with Fenerbahce 2 (Alex 9, Deivid De Souza 85); Inter Milan 2 (Zlatan Ibrahimovic 15 pen, 31) bt PSV Eindhoven 0.
Group ‘H’: Sevilla 4 (Frederic Kanoute 8, Luis Fabiano 27, Julien Escude 58, Arouna Kone 69) bt Slavia Prague 2 (Daniel Pudil 19, David Kalivoda 90+2); Steaua Bucharest 0 lost to Arsenal 1 (Robin van Persie 76). — AP