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Senna’s spectacular freekick sparked Villarreal

to a 1-0 victory over Celtic

in their Champions League clash on Tuesday on a night that also saw

Spanish rivals Real

Madrid chalk up a 2-1 win

away at UEFA Cup titleholders Zenit

St Petersburg.

While

Villarreal trail Manchester United on goal difference in their group,

former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was on the mark in Real’s

hard-earned win over their Russian opponents to give the Spaniards

their best start to a Champions League campaign in five years.

The

man that Manchester

United hope will match up

to van Nistelrooy’s scoring exploits, Dimitar Berbatov, scored

his first goals for United since his multimillion pound move from

Spurs with a double in their 3-0 win over Danish side Aalborg,

coached by former Arsenal boss Bruce Rioch.

Arsenal

rebounded from their 2-1 humiliation by Hull on Saturday to thrash

former Champions League winners Porto

4-0 with two of the men most criticized for the Hull defeat, Robin

van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor scoring a brace apiece.

Italian

giants Juventus

also had a striker to thank for saving them as Vincenzo Iaquinta

notched up a double as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with

Belarusian debutants BATE

Borisov.

Senna

showed the same sort of form he had done during Spain’s

triumphant march to the Euro 2008 title earlier this year as his

freekick deservedly gave Villarreal victory.

Getting

the three points was the most important thing tonight but we can’t

relax because if you go to sleep in this competition the other teams

end up above you,” the Brazilian-born midfielder said. “We

dominated the second half but had to wait for the goal. Fortunately

my free-kick went in.”

Real

were fortunate to come away from Russia with all three points as

Senna’s fellow Euro 2008 winner Iker Casillas conceded.

In

the end we suffered more than we should have done,” the keeper

said.

United’s

easy win came at a cost with Paul Scholes and Brazilian fullback

Rafael — preferred to Wes Brown — picking up injuries but

Berbatov was delighted to at last have got off the mark.

I

knew they would come sooner or later but I’m happy it was today

[Tuesday]. I helped the team to win and that is the most important

thing,” he said.

Arsenal

boss Arsene Wenger had promised wholsesale changes after the Hull

defeat but in the end he didn’t make many and he was ecstatic

at the manner in which his side responded.

It

is the response I wanted. Maybe it was our most complete performance

this season,” Wenger said. “We could have scored a few

more but most important was to win and respond in a convincing way.”

I

didn’t make many changes because I didn’t want to give a

feeling that you punish one player more than another. Sometimes you

have to give a team a chance to respond quickly,” he said.

For

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri his side’s first-half

performance against BATE was well summed-up.

It

was a nightmare,” he said.

In

other games Fiorentina

drew 0-0 with Steaua

Bucharest,

Bayern

Munich

drew 1-1 with Lyon

and Fenerbahce

drew 0-0 with Dynamo

Kiev.

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