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Roma and Liverpool claim first leg

Latest update : 2008-02-20

Inspired by skipper Francesco Totti, AS Roma fought back from one goal down to beat Real Madrid 2-1at the Stadio Olimpico, while Liverpool scored twice in the dying minutes to inflict a 2-0 defeat on 10-man Inter Milan.

Late goals gave Liverpool a 2-0 home win over 10-man Inter Milan while Roma came from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 as the Champions League resumed after its nine-week winter break on Tuesday.

In the night's other last 16 first-leg matches, Germany's Schalke beat 2004 winners Porto 1-0 in Gelsenkirchen while Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus in Athens.

Needing a win to bounce back from Saturday's shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Championship (second division) Barnsley, Liverpool pinned back Inter from the start and got the result they wanted thanks to strikes from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard.

Inter's packed defence held out in the first half after having Marco Materazzi sent off in the 30th minute for two yellow cards, but the Serie A leaders cracked in the closing stages after relentless pressure from the 2005 winners.

Spanish striker Fernando Torres twice came close before Dutchman Kuyt finally broke the deadlock in the 85th minute with a downward volley that bounced wickedly over the outstretched arms of keeper Julio Cesar.

Gerrard drilled the ball home five minutes later with a crisp low shot from 25 metres that beat Cesar at the far post.

Roma captain Francesco Totti had a hand in both Roma goals as the Italian side registered their first home win over Real Madrid in Europe's premier club competition after three successive defeats at the Olympic Stadium.



Raul gave Real a perfect start in the eighth minute when he turned in a speculative shot by Guti after Arjen Robben's darting run and cross from the left.

David Pizarro drew Roma level midway through the first half with a deflected effort after Totti had fed Mancini and the Brazilian played the ball into his path.

Mancini grabbed the winner shortly before the hour with a cool finish, having rounded the keeper after Totti won a loose ball in midfield and put him through.

Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi gave Schalke a narrow advantage over Porto with an early goal, tapping in a rebound after the keeper had parried Rafinha's shot.

The defeat spoilt Porto's fond memories of the Arena AufSchalke, the venue of the Portuguese side's 2004 final victory over Monaco.

Chelsea, whose manager Avram Grant started with captain John Terry and England midfielder Frank Lampard on the bench, earned a goalless draw at Olympiakos in a tight battle that produced few chances at either end.

Date created : 2008-02-19