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Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

AC Milan uses late goal to beat Real Madrid; Man United, Chelsea win

LONDON (AP) Pato broke an 88th-minute tie with his second goal of the game, giving AC Milan a 3-2 victory at high-spending Real Madrid on Wednesday night in a Champions League matchup between two European powers.

Manchester United and Chelsea each moved closer to the second round by improving to 3-0. The Red Devils won 1-0 at CSKA Moscow on Antonio Valencia's 86th-minute goal, and the Blues routed visiting Atletico Madrid 4-0 on two goals by Salomon Kalou and one by Frank Lampard. Chelsea also got an own goal from Luis Perea.

Bordeaux defeated visiting Bayern Munich 2-1 to take the lead in Group A despite failing to convert two penalty kicks.

In Madrid, Pato volleyed Clarence Seedorf's cross past goalkeeper Iker Casillas moments after Thiago Silva's apparent goal on a header was waved off because of a foul.

"It gives us a lot of strength winning here," AC Milan coach Leonardo said. "Even after they tied we never thought about losing. I saw always a chance to win. It was an incredible victory."

In a highly anticipated matchup that saw former Milan star Kaka play against his old club, Madrid was without world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Raul put Madrid ahead in the 19th minute. His 68th European goal, which tied Filippo Inzhagi's record, came after Milan goalkeeper Dida fumbled the ball while looking to get it upfield quickly.

Andrea Pirlo tied the score with a curling 30-meter shot in the 62nd minute, and Pato beat Casillas to Massimo Ambrosini's long pass in the 66th and slotted the ball into an empty net to give the Italian side a 2-1 lead.

Substitute Roysten Drenthe retied it when he slotted home from outside the penalty area in the 76th.

"Until they tied it 1-1 we played a good game, we were in control," Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini said. "We then got disorganized and Milan took advantage to win the game."

AC Milan and Real Madrid are both 2-1 for six points in Group C, while Olympique Marseille and Zurich are 1-2 for three points following the French club's 1-0 win in Switzerland on Gabriel Heinze's 69th-minute goal. The top two teams in each group advance.

Manchester United, which rested several stars ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Liverpool, leads Group B by five points over Wolfsburg (1-1-1), which tied 0-0 against visiting Besiktas (0-2-1).

In Group D, Chelsea has a three-point lead over Porto (2-1), which won 2-1 at APOEL Nicosia (0-2-1) on two goals by the Brazilian forward Hulk. Atletico Madrid also is 0-2-1.

Grampus routed

JEDDAH , Saudi Arabia (Kyodo) Nagoya Grampus' hopes of keeping the Asian Champions League trophy in Japan suffered a major blow Wednesday night, a 6-2 loss to Al Ittihad in the first leg of the semifinals.

The visitors overcame the seventh-minute dismissal of defender Akira Takeuchi to twice take the lead at Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium courtesy of goals from Josh Kennedy and Naoshi Nakamura.

But a hat trick from Mohammed Noor, Luciano Leguizamon's penalty, and Amine Chermiti's goal in the final 24 minutes put the Saudis in control ahead of next Wednesday's second leg.

In the day's other semifinal, South Korea's Pohang Steelers beat Umm Salal of Qatar 2-0 at home.

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