Monthly Archives: March 2006

Martins seals victory for Inter

Milan, Italy (Sports Network) – Inter Milan substitute Obafemi Martins scored the game-winning goal to overcome Villarreal 2-1 Wednesday at Giuseppe Meazaa in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Despite its loss, Villarreal opened the scoreboard seconds into the game after Jose Mari Romeros’s shot was blocked by Inter goalkeeper Francesco, but fell…

Capello Understands Torino Need

Juventus boss Fabio Capello grimly forecasted that his side would need a Delle Alpi destruction in the second leg to get past Tuesday night Champions League victors Arsenal. The Gunners continued Juve’s shameful luck in England thanks to a pair of goals from Bianconeri castout Thierry Henry. “The tie is still alive, but we need…

We Will Continue Fight – Koeman

Benfica manager Ronald Koeman claims his Champions League underdogs weren’t finished with a competent scoreless home draw with Spanish giants Barcelona. “We knew it before, and Barcelona showed again that they have a great team,” said the former Catalan European Cup hero. “They created a lot of chances, especially in the first half when we…

Rijkaard Gives Benfica Credit

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has offered applause to the gritty Champions League performance of hosts Benfica on Tuesday night. “Both teams had chances, so we can’t complain about the result,” he told reporters. “We are sad because we didn’t score, but nothing is decided.” “Now we have to keep this attitude,” insisted Rijkaard. “Benfica showed…

Arsenal guns down Juventus

London, England (Sports Network) – Strikes from Francesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry led Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Serie A giant Juventus on Tuesday in the first leg of Champions League quarterfinal action. Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, who returned to Highbury for the first time since joining Juventus in the preseason, was overshadowed…

Champions League scores

The first wave of quarterfinal legs are in the books. Click below for the scores… Arsenal grabbed a 2-nil edge in Highbury over Juventus, which finished the match with only nine men. Fabergas and Henry netted for the home side. Juve’s task in Turin next week will be made even more difficult due to suspensions…

Capello Wary Of Highbury Trip

Aware that Juventus have struggled mightily in Champions League matches in England, coach Fabio Capello has instructed his side to watch out for an offensive Arsenal on Tuesday night. “(They) have very good players and they always try to attack, especially at home,” said the manager. “They are always dangerous, especially on the counterattack, as…

Keane's double carries Tottenham

London, England (Sports Network) – Tottenham striker Robbie Keane scored two late goals to overcome West Brom 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Monday in Premiership action. With the victory, the Spurs secured fourth place in league standings with 55 points and lead their greatest threat, Blackburn, by three. The home side trailed West Brom…

Merengues Retract Coach Claim

Real Madrid have corrected a statement made by president Fernando Martin last week, insisting that they have not decided on a manager for next season. The Galacticos have been linked with several big names, including former bosses Guus Hiddink and Vicente del Bosque. “Contrary to what has been reported in the Spanish and European media…

Cherundolo Mum On Bolton Rumours

Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo has vaguely suggested that he could be off to Bolton this summer. The American abroad, who holds a contract clause that allows him to make a Premiership move if someone pays €2 million, has been linked with Wanderers ever since coach Sam Allardyce took in last week’s U.S.-Germany friendly. “The…