CHAMPIONS WORLD: Cisse debuts with a pair in Liverpool romp

French newcomer Djibril Cisse enjoyed a dream debut with Liverpool on Monday, scoring two second-half goals and nearly getting a third as the Reds routed Celtic, 5-1, in the ChampionsWorld series at Hartford, Conn.

John Arne Riise scored an early goal and fed Michael Owen with a long ball for another as Liverpool handed the Scottish champions their second ChampionsWorld series loss in three days.

Swiss defender Stephane Henchoz also tallied for the Liverpool at Rentschler Field.

Craig Beattie, who scored twice in Celtic's 4-2 loss to Chelsea in Seattle on Saturday, converted a 72nd-minute penalty kick after he was fouled in the area by Senegalese defender Salif Diao.

Riise rifled home from a free kick in the fifth minute, and Owen lobbed Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall in the 17th as Liverpool took charge early.in the third game of the 11-match ChampionsWorld series.

Cisse, a halftime substitute, tapped home a return pass from Danny Murphy in the 62nd minute after hitting the left post 70 seconds into the second half.

Henchoz made it 4-0 with a high-bouncing rebound following a free kick six minutes later, and Cisse -- acquired from Auxerre -- combined with Murphy again for the fifth goal in the 76th.

Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland made a sprawling save on Stilian Petrov eight minutes into the second half, and he got a hand to Beattie's penalty kick but couldn't push it past the left post.

Celtic takes on another English power -- Manchester United -- Wednesday in Philadelphia, then closes its North American tour against AS Roma on Saturday in Toronto.

Liverpool on Friday plays European champion FC Porto in Toronto, then meets AS Roma on Aug. 3 in East Rutherford, N.J.

CHAMPIONSWORLD SERIES
July 26 at Hartford, Conn.

Liverpool (England) 5 (Riise 5, Owen 17, Cisse 62, 76, Henchoz 68) Celtic (Scotland) 1 (Beattie pen. 72)

Upcoming games
July 28:
Manchester United (England) vs. Celtic (Scotland) at Philadelphia
July 29: Chelsea (England) vs. AS Roma (Italy) at Pittsburgh
July 30: FC Porto (Portugal) vs. Liverpool (England) at Toronto
July 31: Manchester United (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy) at East Rutherford, N.J.
July 31: Celtic (Scotland) vs. AS Roma (Italy) at Toronto
Aug. 1: FC Porto (Portugal) vs. Galatasaray (Turkey) at East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug. 2: Chelsea (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy) at Philadelphia
Aug. 3: Liverpool (England) vs. AS Roma (Italy) at East Rutherford, N.J.

Previous Results
July 24 at Seattle

Chelsea (England) 4 (Smertin 16, Gudjohnsen 49, Kezman 59, 87) Celtic (Scotland) 2 (Beattie 28, 68)

July 25 at Chicago
Manchester United (England) 0 Bayern Munich (Germany) 0
(Bayern Munich wins penalty-kick shootout, 4-2)

OTHER INTERNATIONAL CLUB MATCHES
Upcoming Games
July 29:
Everton (England) vs. Pachuca (Mexico) at Houston
Aug. 1: Club America (Mexico) vs. Everton (England) at Houston
Aug. 7: Guadalajara (Mexico) vs. Santos (Mexico) at Dallas

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