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Real Madrid slips past Juventus


Real Madrid player David Beckham, left, gestures as his teammate Luis Figo, center, is pushed from the ball by Juventus players Ruben Olivera, second left, and Manuele Blasi during their Champions League match in Madrid, Tuesday.


Ivan Helguera scored to lead Real Madrid over Juventus 1-0 in the Champions League knockout round on Tuesday as Europe's elite club competition resumed in freezing conditions after a two-month break.

Helguera scored in the 31st minute off an inswinging David Beckham free kick as the nine-time champion claimed the advantage ahead of the return leg in Turin in two weeks.

German and English clubs split their two head-to-head encounters. Claudio Pizzaro scored in each half as Bayern Munich trounced Arsenal 3-1, while Liverpool beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 with goals from Luis Garcia, John Arne Riise and Dietmar Hamann.

PSV Eindhoven beat last season's runner-up Monaco 1-0.

At the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid also twice hit the post as coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo made his Champions League lead debut with a victory. Luxemburgo, Madrid's third coach this season, took charge of the team in December.

"We played a good game. We would have liked a second goal. The opponent was very good, very strong defensively," Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane said.

Both sides sustained injuries. Michel Salgado limped off for Madrid in the ninth minute with a knee injury after a collision with Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved, who was carried off 26 minutes later after a colliding heads with Salgado's replacement, Raul Bravo.

The match, a replay of the 1998 Champions League final, was attended by Spain's King Juan Carlos and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

In Munich, Pizarro scored in the fourth and 58th minutes, while Hasan Salihamidzic added another in the 51st. A late Arsenal goal from Kolo Toure gave the London club some hope of advancing to the quarterfinals.

The match was billed as a fight between Germany's top two goalkeepers -- current No. 1 Oliver Kahn of Bayern Munich, and his rival Jens Lehmann at Arsenal.

Four-time champion Liverpool coped with the absence of influential midfielder Steven Gerrard with a 3-1 win at Anfield.

Franca scored in injury time for Leverkusen, which hasn't won in England in six attempts.

"Shame about the end, but the problem is when you are winning 3-0 in the last minute and you concede a goal, it's a pity, but other than that it's good," Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said.

Spanish league leader FC Barcelona hosts English front-runner Chelsea today as Manchester United faces AC Milan.

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