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What we learned on Wednesday ...
September 17th, 2009 7AM

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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The first big game of the UEFA Champions League campaign between defending champion Barcelona and Inter Milan ended in a scoreless draw, but there were fireworks elsewhere on Day 1. Here's four things we learned on Wednesday ...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will need time to settle in at Barcelona.

Inter Milan and Barcelona played to a 0-0 tie in a match that saw Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic play against their former teams for the first time since their summer transfers. Eto'o had no impact on the game at the San Siro, but Ibra failed to put away a couple of chances.

The Swede is a subtler player than Eto'o, who's an out-and-out goalscorer, but will need time to adjust to his new team. "There are occasions when you can use a bit of height," Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said. "We had a few problems at times last season and Ibrahimovic is bound to help. But we will still move the ball around as quickly as possible and play our combinations because he can take part in that. We do not have to change our style for him."

Arsenal's Eduardo will be in the middle of the action -- good or bad -- all season.

Just two days after winning the appeal of his suspension for diving in Arsenal's Champion League qualifying playoff against Celtic, Eduardo went from goat to hero. In the second minute of the Gunners' game at Standard Liege, he tried to clear a ball on the edge of Arsenal's area with a back-heeled flick. Unfortunately, the ball went straight to Standard's Eliaquim Mangala, who blasted it past goalkeeper Vito Mannone. After five minutes, the Gunners were trailing, 2-0.

Dane Nicklas Bendtner and Belgian Thomas Vermaelen later scored to equalize and set the stage for Eduardo's heroics in the 81st minute. The Brazilian-born Croat scored off Cesc Fabregas' corner kick to give Arsenal a 3-2 win.

Luis Fabiano is the best striker in the world at the moment.

Brazilian media have scorned forward Luis Fabiano as being too unskilled to get the job done, but he is doing just fine. He engineered Brazil's comeback win over the USA in the Confederations Cup final and scored twice in Brazil's 3-1 win over archrival Argentina. He's also been in outstanding form for Sevilla.

Luis Fabiano scored the first goal, set up countryman Renato for the second and also hit the woodwork in the Spanish club's 2-0 win over the Unirea Urziceni of Romania. Afterwards, Unirea coach Dan Petrescu called Luis Fabiano the best striker in the world. The Romanian will get no argument from us.

Teenager Miralem Pjanic won't last long at Lyon.

In his first season at Lyon, Miralem Pjanic didn't score a goal. In Year 2, he is making up for lost time. He scored on a curling free kick in the French club's 5-1 win over Anderlecht during the qualifying series and scored from close range late in the second half to give Lyon a 1-0 win over Fiorentina in their group opener. On Saturday, the 19-player-old Pjanic scored his first Ligue 1 goal in Lyon's 3-0 win over Auxerre.

Pjanic was born in Bosnia but raised in Luxembourg, which he represented at the youth level. He joined French club Metz at the age of 14 and made his pro debut at 17. Lyon signed the Bosnian international last season, but his playing time only increased when Brazilian veteran Juninho left for Qatar.



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