[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]
Arsenal survived a bizarre incident when its two center backs were missing at the start of the second half to beat Roma, 1-0, in the first
leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 series. The Gunners were the only team to win on Tuesday as the other three matches ended in draws. ARSENAL-ROMA (1-0).
The Gunners were the only team to win on Tuesday, getting a penalty kick by Robin van Persie
late in the first half after
the Dutchman was taken down by French defender Philippe Mexes
The match featured a bizarre incident after halftime as Arsenal defenders William Gallas
and Kolo Toure
were nowhere to be found when the second half kicked off. They came trotting out the tunnel, and
Toure was handed a red card for running on the field without the referee's permission.
(Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
later said Toure was
waiting for Gallas to finish receiving treatment in the locker room.) ADVANTAGE:
A solid performance gives Arsenal hope of reaching the final
eight, though the Gunners wasted a bunch of chances to extend their lead. Feb. 24 in London Arsenal 1 Roma 0.
Goal: van Persie pen. 37. Arsenal --
Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Clichy, Eboue (Ramsey 82), Denilson, Diaby (Song 62), Nasri, Bendtner (Vela
67), van Persie. Roma --
Doni, Motta, Loria (Diamoutene 71), Mexes, Riise, Taddei, De Rossi, Brighi (Pizarro 57), Perrotta, Totti, Baptista (Vucinic
Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark). Att.:
MILAN-MANCHESTER UNITED (0-0).
The day's marquee match -- the first showdown between old adversaries Sir Alex Ferguson
and Jose Mourinho
since the Portuguese coach took the Inter Milan job -- was a disappointment.
The result extended the defending
champion's unbeaten streak to a UEFA Champions League record 20 successive matches. ADVANTAGE:
United should go through at Old Trafford with
ease if Inter turns in another woeful performance like it did on Tuesday. Ferguson was disappointed not to get a win. "I hope not scoring a goal doesn't come back to bite us," said
the Scotsman. "However, I think we deserved to win. We played very well." Feb. 24 in Milan Inter
Milan 0 Manchester United 0. Inter Milan --
Julio Cesar, Maicon, Rivas (Cordoba 46), Chivu, Santon, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari (Cruz 76),
Stankovic, Adriano (Balotelli 76), Ibrahimovic. Manchester United --
van der Sar, O'Shea, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Park
(Rooney 84), Cristiano Ronaldo, Berbatov. Referee:
Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain). Att.:
80,018. LYON-BARCELONA (1-1).
, whom Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola
called "one of the best players in the world capable of winning a match on his own," put Lyon ahead early on a long free kick from the left flank, breaking the club record with his 17th
European goal, but Karim Benzema
hit the post later in the first half. Frenchman Thierry Henry
equalized early in the
second half with a header at the far post. ADVANTAGE:
The French champion will rue its inability to put its home game against Barca away. Given
all of Lyon's chances, Barca should feel happy to have escaped from the stade de Gerland with a 1-1 tie that puts it in the driver's seat for the return game at the Nou Camp.
Feb. 24 in Lyons Lyon 1 Barcelona 1.
Goals: Juninho 7; Henry 67. Lyon --
Lloris, Mensah, Cris, Boumsong, Grosso, K.Keita (Pjanic 88), Makoun, Toulalan, Juninho (Kallstrom 79), Ederson (Delgado 65), Benzema. Barcelona -
Valdes, Daniel Alves, Pique, Marquez, Puyol, Xavi, Toure, Busquets (S.Keita 77), Messi, Eto'o, Henry. Referee:
Wolfgang Stark (Germany). Att.:
35,000. ATLETICO MADRID-PORTO (2-2).
The day's most exciting game took place in Madrid, where
Porto twice rallied from one-goal deficits thanks to goals by Lisandro Lopez
cost Atletico on the first goal -- defender Pablo Ibanez
badly misjudged a header, allowing Lopez to break free -- and the result makes the Spanish club a
long shot to advance in the second leg in Oporto on March 11. Feb. 24 in Madrid Atletico Madrid 2 Porto 2.
Goals: Rodriguez 3, Forlan 45; Lisandro Lopez 22, 72. Atletico Madrid --
Franco, Seitaridis, Ibanez, Ujfalusi, A.Lopez, M.Rodriguez (Miguel 80),
Paulo Assuncao, Garcia (Maniche 67), Simao Sabrosa, Forlan, Aguero (Sinama Pongolle 56). Porto --
Helton, Sapunaru (Pedro Emanuel 79), Rolando, Bruno
Alves, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Raul Meireles (Tomas Costa 90), Lisandro Lopez (Sektioui 90), Hulk, C.Rodriguez. Referee: