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Milan The Team To Beat In Europe

When it comes to European football, AC Milan is in a league of its own. Not even a year’s absence from this lucrative tournament could deny them a win on Tuesday against Marseille. What baffles me though is their inconsistency in the Serie A. I cannot understand how lowly teams get the best of them at times.

However, Coach Leonardo answered his critics with a 2-1 demolishion of Maerseille. Two goals from veteran striker Filippo ‘Pipo’ Inzaghi in either half ensured the visitors bagged all three points. This is great news for Milan after a shaky atart to the season.

Other action in group C Real Madrid beating FC Zurich 5 goals to 2 in a lively encounter with 2008 FIFA world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice from two free-kicks. The ‘spectacular sporting project’ that club president Florentino Perez envisioned may very well be taking form.

Meanwhile in group D , Chelsea labored to a 1-0 win over Porto thanks to Nicholas Anelka’s 48th minute strike. APOEL Nicosia held of a barrage of attacks form Atletico Madrid to ensure the group stays wide open. The game ended in a barren draw.

In group B, Brazilian striker Grafite scored a hat-trick to send Wolfsburg to the top of the group after they beat CSKA Moscow 3-1at home. Elsewhere Man United’s narrow 1-0 win over Besiktas gave last years champions all the three points.

Group A’s action saw Juventus been held 1-1 at home to Bordeaux. Vicenzo Iaquinta gave the hosts the lead on 63 minutes before Bordeaux responded with a Jaroslav Plasic equalizer on the 75th minute. Meanwhile Bayern Munich beat Maccabi Haifa 3-0 in Israel. This was the first time Haifa had played a home match in Israel. Bayerns goals came courtesy of Thomas Muller who scored twice and Daniel Van Buyten.

Matchday 1 could not have begun any better and with more ties being played on Wednesday, the race to Madrid has started.It is hard to tip an eventual winner but Real, Inter, AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea are the teams to watch.

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