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INTER MILAN beat VILLAREAL 2-1 at San Siro. The crucial away goal was scored by Villareal
striker Diego Forlan (1.) early after his striking partner Jose Mari had got clear off Inter defenders Pierre Niend Wome and Walter Samuel. Inter goalkeeper Francesco Toldo saved against Jose Mari but he had no chance against Forlan on the rebound.
Internazionale came back into the game when first an attempt from Inter striker Adriano (2.) was
saved on the goal line by Villareal defender Javi Venta to deny the equalisier within a breath-take.
Adriano (7.) did better when he was delivered a cross by Inter right winger Dejan Stankovic and
Adriano scored the 1-1 also within the opening minutes.
Villareal midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme (29.) gave his team another occassion with a free-kick
and so did Adriano (31.) only two minutes later for Internazionale.
In the second half again Stankovic provided a cross from the right and Inter striker Obafemi Martins
scored the 2-1 from close range. As Riquelme (63.) only hit the crossbar with his 23-metre free-kick the game ended with a victory from Internazionale but Villareal earned a crucial away goal for the return leg at El Madrigal.

AC MILAN drew 0-0 against OLYMIQUE LYON away at Stade Gerland, Lyon. Milan Andriy Shevchenko (9.,45.) had the best chances for the Rossoneri. Lyon winger Florent Malouda (26.)
had the best chance for OL when he demanded a fine save from Milan goalkeeper Dida within
the first half. As Dida also saved a fine shot from Lyon midfielder Tiago during the final minutes
the game ended goalless at Stade Gerland.
The second leg is heavily awaited as Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano (after being suspended tonight) will return to the team at San Siro for the Brazilian midfielder Kaka-Juninho
duel, the duel of two masterminds of European coaches Carlo Ancelotti (Milan) and Gerard
Houllier (Lyon) and of course tonight's result.


ARSENAL beat JUVENTUS at Highbury when Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas (40.) and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry (69.) scored the two goals for the Gunners.
Especially remarkable at the first goal was that the so-called successor for former Arsenal
and todays Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas scored the first goal after Vieira
had lost possesion against Arsenal winger Robert Pires in midfield. Thierry Henry scored the
2-0 after he ended a fine-combination from Arsenal midfielder Aliaksandar Hleb and again
Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi (87.) and Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina (89.) both
were sent-off in the final minutes. Remarkable also that this was the complete right side as
Camoranesi is right winger and Zebina played as right defender - Juventus were lucky to
close the first leg with a 0-2 deficit. Their hopes will get encouraged with the return of their
star midfielders Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero.

FC BARCELONA were held to a 0-0 draw at Estado Da Luz against hosts BENFICA LISBON.
The game started with a nervous Benfica eleven including an especially nervous Benfica keeper
Within the 4th minute he received a return pass with his hands and Barcelona was awarded early
an free-kick within the penalty area. The attempt of Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho was saved
by Moretto temporarily and the rebound received and shot by Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson
was blocked by the Benfica defence.
Benfica winger Simao (9.) found the first chance for Benfica, but Barcelona keeper Victor Valdez
saved determined. Barcelona striker Samuel Etoo wasted the best chance of the game ahead
of half-time when his attempt was saved by Moretto. Earlier Moretto had delivered Larsson the
ball instead of his defenders but Barcelona weren't make use of this contribution.
Maybe it was the fact that the two teams were coached by two former Dutch World Class central
defenders with Frank Rijkaard (FC Barcelona) and Ronald Koeman (Benfica) that the game
ended without goals. Both coaches have already won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League during their active career as players but only coach will progress together with their team and can continue this after the second leg, played at Nou Camp on next Wednesday.
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