Thu, Oct 02, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Juventus, Inter Milan win

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE The two Italian teams have won all their matches so far, while Bayern Munich and Arsenal tied with their opponents. Celtic was able to blank Lyon


FC Bayern Munich players Martin Demichelis, bottom, and Thomas Linke duel with RSC Anderlecht Dindane Aruna, right, at the Constant Vanden Stock stade in Brussels, Tuesday. Final score was 1-1.


Juventus and Inter Milan scored late goals as Italian clubs stayed perfect, while Bayern Munich and Arsenal held on for draws in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Monaco also collected its second win, matching Spain's Real Sociedad in the competition's second rotation.

Juventus, with two Pavel Nedved goals, won 2-1 at Olympiakos. Juve, last year's finalist, fell behind through Ieroklis Stoltidis' 11th-minute effort. Nedved tied the game in the 21st, then scored the winner with a fierce right-footed shot in the 79th.

Despite Nedved's heroics, Juventus coach Marcello Lippi said the entire team contributed.

"It's not just one player," said Lippi. "The entire team played well, and we also have to compliment Olympiakos because they really pushed us. We did a lot in the second half to deserve the victory."

Juventus has six points in Group D, the same as Sociedad, which beat Galatasaray 2-1 away. Darko Kovacevic gave the Spanish runner-up a third-minute lead before former Inter striker Hakan Sukur made it 1-1 in the 60th. Xabi Alonso scored the winner in the 71st.

Galatasaray and Olympiakos have lost their first two games.

Inter, which humbled Arsenal 3-0 away two weeks ago, won 2-1 against Dynamo Kiev thanks to a second-half injury-time winner from Christian Vieri. Inter got off to a solid start, taking the lead when Daniele Adani put in a rebound in the 23rd minute. A rare mistake by Italian No. 2 'keeper Francesco Toldo allowed Kiev to equalize in the 34th -- he spilled a low cross, giving Sergei Fedorov a tap in.

Vieri, making his first appearance since injuring his knee for Italy on Sept. 10, headed home a Kily Gonzalez cross.

"After 20 days I had a real desire," to score, Vieri said. "We've played two great matches, and now we just have to continue on this road."

Inter has six points in Group B. The two other Italian teams in the competition, defending champion AC Milan and Lazio, won their opening matches.

Arsenal and Lokomotiv Moscow played to a 0-0 draw.

Lokomotiv, which hasn't scored in its last five Champions League matches, controlled most of the first half playing at home. Mikhail Ashvetia's header was saved by 'keeper Jens Lehmann in the 31st minute, and Ashvetia barely failed to control a breakaway pass five minutes later. In between, Dmitri Loskov's free kick sailed just wide.

Arsenal, without injured midfielders Patrick Vieira and Freddie Ljungberg, and defender Sol Campbell -- still out following the death of his father two weeks ago -- had a good chance in the ninth minute. French forward Thierry Henry took a pass from Brazilian Edu and shot just over the bar.

The Gunners, who have won only two of their last 12 Champions League games, put on the pressure in the second half. Robert Pires shot straight at 'keeper Sergei Ovchinnikov in the 56th minute, and Ovchinnikov stopped Ashley Cole's shot after a scramble in the box in the 68th.

"The spirit in the whole squad was fantastic," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "The boys gave everything, and I can't fault their commitment, desire or spirit.

"But of course they were like me in the dressing room as they are frustrated because they wanted to win the game. That's part of our philosophy. It's not a failure, but the performance can be good, and you can still be frustrated."

Both teams have a single point through two games, two less than Kiev.

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