Manchester United's Nani, right, is tackled by Galatasaray's Emmanuel Eboue during their Champions League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester
Juve fightback to deny Chelsea Messi double gives Barca comeback win over Spartak

LONDON, Sept 19, (Agencies): Juventus stunned Champions League holders Chelsea as Fabio Quagliarella’s late strike rescued a dramatic 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and ruined Oscar’s command performance for the Blues on Wednesday.
Oscar marked his first start for Chelsea with an impressive brace that included a stunning solo effort to fire Roberto Di Matteo’s side into a 2-0 lead before half-time in their Group E opener.
But the Brazil midfielder’s heroics were in vain thanks to a gutsy recovery from the Italian champions, who reduced the deficit before the break through Arturo Vidal and salvaged a point with 10 minutes left thanks to Quagliarella’s clinical finish.
While Blues boss Di Matteo, who splashed out £25 million to sign Oscar from Internacional during the close-season, will have been encouraged by his new recruit’s eye-catching display, it was Chelsea’s defensive frailties that were the defining factor.
The Champions League trophy was paraded around Stamford Bridge by military personnel just before kick-off. And the fond memories of their final triumph over Bayern Munich in May seemed to inspire Di Matteo’s side as they set the early tempo.
Brazilian defender David Luiz had the first chance when he poked Frank Lampard’s corner straight at Gianluigi Buffon with just three minutes gone.
But Juventus had a glorious chance to snatch the lead against the run of play midway through the half.
Andrea Barzagli floated a long pass over the top of the Chelsea defence and Claudio Marchisio’s run evaded the offside trap, yet, with only Petr Cech to beat, the midfielder’s first touch was poor and he could only poke a shot straight at the Chelsea goalkeeper.
There was more confusion in the Chelsea back-four soon after when Branislav Ivanovic carelessly conceded possession to Vidal, who slipped a pass through to Mirko Vucinic. The Juventus striker had a clear sight of goal but dragged his shot wide.
Chelsea made the visitors pay for their profligacy in the 31st minute as Oscar opened the scoring.
Eden Hazard slipped a pass to Oscar 25 yards from goal and the Juventus defence made the fatal mistake of standing off the Brazilian. He took full advantage with a powerful strike that a crucial deflection off Leonardo Bonucci as it flashed past Buffon.
Oscar took the spotlight again just two minutes later. With his confidence sky-high, the Brazilian collected Ashley Cole’s pass on the edge of the penalty area and fooled two Juventus defenders with a sublime flick to make space for a magnificent curling effort that raced into the top corner of Buffon’s goal.
Barcelona 3, Spartak 2
In Barcelona, Lionel Messi started his and Barcelona’s Champions League campaign with a bang when he struck twice to secure a 3-2 comeback win for the favourites at home to Spartak Moscow in their Group G opener.
Barca were flirting with a first home defeat in 17 European games when Spartak took a shock 2-1 lead in the 59th minute at the Nou Camp before Messi, top scorer in the competition the past four seasons, levelled 19 minutes from time.
The Argentine World Player of the Year was set up by Cristian Tello, scorer of the home side’s 14th-minute opener, and then nodded in the winner in the 80th minute from a centre by substitute Alexis Sanchez.
It was an impressive comeback from the La Liga side, bidding for a third European crown in five years, and ensured a winning debut in the competition for new coach Tito Vilanova.
Spartak were level 15 minutes after Tello’s opener without even having to shoot on goal when fullback Daniel Alves turned the ball into his own net.
The visitors’ ultra-defensive tactics frustrated Barca and they snatched a shock breakaway goal in the 59th minute when Brazilian midfielder Romulo shrugged off Adriano’s challenge and finished low past Victor Valdes.
However, Messi again made the difference and ensured Spartak’s Spanish coach Unai Emery, a former boss at La Liga sides Almeria and Valencia, is still seeking his first win against Barca after 13th attempts.
Barca’s night was partly spoiled by an injury to centre back Gerard Pique. The Spain international was forced off in the 12th minute after bruising his left foot, joining fellow defender Carles Puyol on the injury list.
United 1, Galatasaray 0
In Manchester, United Kingdom, Michael Carrick’s first European goal in three years saw Manchester United start their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Galatasaray at Old Trafford.
It was far from the convincing performance that manager Sir Alex Ferguson had asked of his players as their Turkish opponents twice hit the woodwork and failed with two very strong penalty claims.
United also missed a penalty for the third consecutive game, with Nani failing with a second half effort which would have brought United some much-needed breathing space.
However, after their embarrassing group-stage elimination last season, this was at least a step in the right direction.
England midfielder Carrick struck after only seven minutes, appearing at the end of a magnificent, flowing move that also involved Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa before rounding goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to slot into the empty net.
United could count themselves fortunate to be in that position, however, as the Turkish visitors had a strong penalty appeal turned down inside the opening minute when Nemanja Vidic appeared to bring down Umut Bulut, although experienced German referee Wolfgang Stark rejected the appeals.
The incident left Bulut nursing an injury, the forward limping off after 15 minutes to be replaced by the former Bolton striker Johan Elmander.
Bayern 2, Valencia 1
In Munich, Germany, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Bayern Munich cast aside the bitter memories of their Champions League final defeat in May to begin the new campaign with a 2-1 Group F victory over Valencia.
Schweinsteiger, whose spot-kick miss in the final shootout on home turf allowed Chelsea to score and be crowned European champions, fired Bayern into the lead with a deflected shot in the 38th minute, much to the delight of the 68,000 sold-out crowd in Munich.
Midfielder Toni Kroos added a second when he scored with a 20-metre drive in the 76th minute.
Defensive-minded Valencia, in their first encounter with Bayern since losing to the Germans in the 2001 Champions League final, cut the deficit with a header from Nelson Valdez in stoppage time.
Bayern should then have made it 3-1 but substitute Mario Mandzukic saw his penalty saved by keeper Diego Alves after Adil Rami was sent off.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes sprang a surprise with his starting lineup, leaving top scorer Mandzukic on the bench and bringing in the experienced Claudio Pizarro. He also gave 40-million euro-signing Javi Martinez his first competitive start.
The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession but were made to work hard as cautious Valencia defended deeply.
Kroos tried his luck from 20 metres with a powerful drive but Alves was well-placed to save.
Bayern, who are top in the Bundesliga, kept at it and Schweinsteiger broke the deadlock after a well-timed pass by Arjen Robben.
Valencia, with only one win in four league games in Spain so far, posed no real threat, waiting for a chance to break and mainly relying on Algerian Sofiane Feghouli’s speed for any offensive spark.
Kroos forced another good Alves save with a 20-metre missile on the hour before finally beating the Brazilian after he was left unmarked outside the box.
Valencia were given a ray of hope when substitute Valdez was caught a sleepy Bayern defence napping and the former Bundesliga player headed past Manuel Neuer.
BATE 3, Lille 1
In Lille, France, a remarkable three-goal salvo in the first half gave BATE Borisov a first-ever Champions wLeague win, 3-1 at Lille, to leave the French club facing a huge task to rescue their campaign already.
Aleksandr Volodko, Vitali Rodionov and Edgar Olekhnovich all found the net for the Belarussian visitors, who had failed to win in 12 previous attempts in the group stage of the competition.
And while Aurelien Chedjou reduced the deficit for the home side in the second half, their subsequent pressure failed to produce another goal and their first group-stage game in their impressive new stadium turned out to be something of a damp squib.
In a Group F also containing Bayern Munich and Valencia, Rudi Garcia’s side needed to get their campaign off to a positive start but, having won just once in their opening five domestic games, confidence was not at its highest.
And instead BATE, who have won the Belarussian title in each of the last six seasons, stunned the Grand Stade by taking a sixth-minute lead when Volodko collected possession 25 yards from goal in a central position, turned and sent a vicious shot arrowing over Mickael Landreau and into the top right-hand corner of the net.
This Lille side, featuring Salomon Kalou, a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season, is not short of experience at the highest level, but they were caught out repeatedly on the break after that and fell further behind after just 20 minutes.
BATE broke quickly, with former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Aleksandr Hleb and Aleksandr Pavlov combining to set up Rodionov to score.
Rodionov had already scored four times as BATE came through three qualifying ties to make it to this stage, but he was fortunate to have this goal count as he was offside when the final ball was played.
Luck may not have been on Lille’s side, but they were also the architects of their own downfall, particularly when conceding a third goal just before the interval.
The home defence was pulled apart again, and Olekhnovich was allowed two attempts before beating Landreau.
Celtic 0, Benfica 0
In Glasgow, Celtic failed to get their Champions League campaign off to a flying start as they were held to a goalless draw by Group G rivals Benfica at Parkhead.
After an absence of four years the Hoops had been desperate to announce their arrival back in the competition with a win.
But they had to settle for a point against the Lisbon side in a match where clear cut chances were few and far between.
Despite a frantic start the home side failed to test Benfica keeper Artur Moraes and it was the Portuguese who came closest with Fraser Forster doing well to deny Moreno Rodrigo’s shot.
The keeper had to be sharp to denied Ezequiel Garay at the start of the second half while Celtic had a penalty appeal turned down after James Forrest fell in the box as neither side could make the breakthrough.
Favourites Barcelona top Group G after coming from behind to claim a 3-2 win over Spartak Moscow at Camp Nou.
At Celtic Park, Gary Hooper, who had been struggling with a knock, was named on the bench as Miku started as the lone striker while Benfica left top scorer Oscar Cardozo on the bench.
In a frenzied start Celtic had a chance immediately when Kris Commons sent a chipped effort over the bar.
The game was barely 90 seconds old when Miku set Commons up for another effort but his shot was blocked and the danger cleared.
Celtic were pinning Benfica back in their own half but despite their dominance of possession they failed to test the Portuguese keeper.
Shakhtar 2, Nordsjaelland 0
In Donetsk, Ukraine, a double from Armenian midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan gave Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-0 win over Danish Champions League debutants Nordsjaelland here in their opening Group E match.
Mkhitaryan’s double — one in each half — took his tally this season to 11 goals in 14 games in league and Champions League.
Shakhtar’s highly-rated Brazilian forward Willian — who had been a target for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer — had made a couple of bright runs early on for the hosts but sent one effort wide and the other one had been goalbound before being deflected for a corner.
However, it was Nordsjaelland who had the first shot on target as 36-year-old veteran midfielder Nicolai Stokholm let fly with a great effort which Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov was equal to.
The Danish side were more than holding their own and American central defender Michael Parkhurst exemplified that by getting his head in the way of a Razvan Rat volley which laid him out.
Cluj 2, Braga 0
In Braga, Portugal, Rafael Bastos scored twice in the first half to give Cluj a 2-0 win at Braga.
Bastos, a Braga reject, put the visitors ahead in the 19th when he linked up with Modou Sougou on a counterattack and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
The Brazilian struck again 15 minutes later, getting past three Braga defenders down the left before blasting the ball past Beto.
Braga had most of the possession in northern Portugal but fell prey to the Romanian team’s quick counterattacks and ruthless finishing.
The triumph was Cluj’s second victory in three appearances in the competition. It had lost its previous five Champions League away matches.
The teams are in Group H along with Manchester United and Galatasaray.
See Also Pages 52 & 53
Pantelis Kapetanos squandered a chance to increase the lead on a counterattack when he ran at Beto unchallenged but shot just wide.
Mossoro, Eder and Hugo Viana, with a powerful volley, all tested Cluj goalkeeper Mario Felgueiras as Braga pushed forward.
Braga went all out to get back into the game after the break, with Felgueiras producing some spectacular saves, especially from Ruben Micael at close range in the 60th.
The home team was cautious in defense, though, and lacked numbers in attack where its moves quickly faded.







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