Bayern Munich are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League after in-form striker Filippo Inzaghi scored twice to give Milan a dramatic 2-1 win in the Olympiastadion.
Inzaghi has now hit seven goals in three Champions League games this season, but more significantly, Bayern have just one point from their first three games and the 2001champions look destined to exit the competition at the group stage.
Inzaghi put Milan ahead after 52 minutes withClaudio Pizarro levelling for Bayern two minutes later but Inzaghi struck again 6 minutes from time to maintain Milan’s 100 per cent record.
The other match in the group saw Deportivo come from behind to record a vital win over Lens. Lens went ahead after just ten minutes when Daniel Moreira shot beneath Jose Molina.
However, a second-half equaliser from Roy Makaay and further goals from substitute Joan Capdevila and Cesar Mart¡n wrapped up the points for the Sanish side, who along with Milan, look the likely quuallifiers from Group G.
Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record with a 4-0 mauling of Olympiakos. Two goals from Ryan Giggs along with efforts from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Juan Sebastian Veron, the latter a sublime chip from the edge of the area, ensured a comfortable night for Alex Feguson’s side
The other game in the group between Maccabi Haifa and Bayer 04 Leverkusen finished 2-0 in favour of the German side thanks to a Marko Babic double. Maccabi, Leverkusen and Olympiakos are now all level on three points but United on 9 points now require just one more point from their remaining three games to seal qualification.
Juventus look well set to reach the second phase after their 2-0 win over Newcastle increased their lead at the head of the group.
Alessandro Del Piero was Newcastle’s chief tormentor, scoring both goals, the first of which was another memorable free-kick strike from the edge of the penalty area, as Newcastle’s miserable run in the competition continued. Three matches played and without a point or a goal, Sir Bobby Robson’s men look like making a swift exit from the competition.
Feyenoord and Dynamo Kyiv drew 0-0 in Rotterdam in the other group fixture, leaving both teams level on four points.
Barcelona virtuallly ensured their place in the next phase with a 3-1 win in MOscow over Lokomotiv. The win maintains Barce’s 100 per cent record and leaves the Russian side hoping for a miracle if they are to qualify.
Patrick Kluivert but the Spanish side in front and a dazzling double from Javier Saviola sealed the win. James Obiorah scored Lokomotiv’s consolation.
Something of a surpprise in Istanbul where unfabcied Cllub Brugge held Galatasaray to a goalless draw. The result leaves the race for runners-up spot wide open with Galatasaray currently second in the group on four points, two ahead of Brugge and three ahead of Lokomotiv.