BARCELONA recovered from an early own goal to down Chelsea, 2-1, in the
marquee match of the European Champions League round of 16, first leg games with
goals by Maxi Lopez and Samuel Eto'o. Barcelona has lost only once at home to
English opposition, to Liverpool in a 1976 UEFA Cup semifinal.
PSV EINDHOVEN, for whom American DaMarcus Beasley entered as a
52nd-minute sub, downed Monaco, last year's runner-up, 1-0, in the first leg of
its round of 16 game.
French club LYON thumped German champion Werder Bremen, 3-0, in Bremen.
Brazilian Juninho Pernambucano scored the third on a searing free kick from 33
yards out that appeared headed straight toward keeper Andreas Reinke before
veering into the top left corner.
America defender JAY DeMERIT scored his second goal of the season for
English second-tier club Watford in a 2-1 win over standings leader Ipswich, for
which American Daniel Karbassiyoon was an unused sub.
MANCHESTER UNITED goalkeepers continued their blunder rotation as ROY
CARROLL, currently the preferred pick to American Tim Howard, let a low shot
that came straight to him rebound to Hernan Crespo, who then scored AC Milan's
winner in Wednesday's Champions League clash. Howard, whose last howler came in
his last appearance, a League Cup loss to Chelsea, had blundered in Champions
League games this season (vs. Lyon) and last season (vs. Porto). Carroll, who
let a harmless long shot past him in Man U's second game against Lyon this
season, also fell victim to the famous 45-yard lob by Tottenham's Perdo Mendes
that he scooped out of the net without officials noticing.
Three of four English Premier League teams lost their first-leg round of 16
Champions League game, including ARSENAL, which was thumped, 3-1, by
Landon Donovan came on a 69th minute sub in BAYER LEVERKUSEN's 3-1 loss
at Liverpool. He and fellow sub Franca, who scored Leverkusen's goal, were
credited with rejuvenating their struggling team.
PRESTON NORTH END's 10-game unbeaten streak in the English second-tier
league came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.
American Eddie Lewis made his 31st league appearance of the season for Preston.
The Italian Supreme Court has ruled that DIEGO MARADONA must pay $40
million in back taxes and interest from his five-year stint with Napoli in the
The push to get big Premier League clubs behind ENGLISH WOMEN'S SOCCER
suffered a blow when Manchester
United announced that it is folding its women's team. It plans to continue
its training program for girls up to the age of 16.