31 October 2001
LEVERKUSEN 2-4 LYON
Carriere scored from a rebound and bagged a second following good work by Juninho and Nee. Sebescen scored with a violent free kick just before half time. Berbatov headed into an empty net after Brdaric's header was tipped onto the post by Coupet. Nee headed in Carriere's cross the punished Leverkusen's high offside trap by centring for Govou to score a fourth.
Assists : Nee, Vranjes, Carriere
23 OCTOBER 2001
FENERBAHCE 1-2 LEVERKUSEN
Schneider scored with an outrageous, curling half volley, phenomenal goal. Kirsten tapped in while the Fenerbahce defence were trying to play offside. A stunning header by Oktay from Gunes' marvellous cross gave Fenerbahce hope but Leverkusen held on.
Assists : Basturk, Gunes
LYON 2-3 BARCELONA
Coupet made a brilliant block to deny Luis Enrique following good work by Rivaldo and Xavi but the ball fell to Kluivert and he tapped in. Lyon were punished further when Chanelet's lame attempt to clear a ball allowed Luis Enrique to feed Rivaldo for another tap-in. Luyindula headed into an empty net after Juninho's shot bounced off Bonano. The new look, defensively solid Barca looked set to pull off an impressive victory until a terrible clearance from the old, defensively useless Frank de Boer gave the ball away deep in defence and Lyon equalised - Carriere after Bonano had saved from Laigle. Coupet then pissed away the points. He came up for a corner in the third minute of injury time. Bonano caught the ball and threw it where it was quickly played up to Gerrard and he was greeted by an empty net.
Assists : Luis Enrique, Kluivert
17 OCTOBER 2001
BARCELONA 2-1 LEVERKUSEN
Saviola ran across the defence and played in Kluivert who scored with a great first time shot! Ballack flicked on Neuville's corner and Ramelow met the ball at the far post. Butt made a fantastic save from Kluivert's powerful header(!) but Luis Enrique put away the rebound.
What the hell has happened to Kluivert? Suddenly he's taking easy chances and is dangerous in the air!
Assists : Saviola, Ballack
LYON 3-1 FENERBAHCE
An easy opener for Oktay. Govou's first touch seemed to take him too far as he collected Carriere's pass but Rustu was slow to come off his line and Govou scored. Carriere put away a rebound and Delmotte made the game safe.
Assists : Simsek, Govou
10 OCTOBER 2001
BARCELONA 2-0 LYON
Kluivert scored with a header! Rivaldo converted a penalty awarded when Kluivert took a tumble in the box.
Assists : Xavi, Kluivert
LEVERKUSEN 2-1 FENERBAHCE
Nowotny continued his seasonal Champions League nightmare with another cock-up, he failed to head clear a deep cross allowing Lazetic to race up field and pass to Revivo who cut inside Lucio before blasting the ball into the top corner. Brilliant finish. Ballack ran across the box and took two defenders with him, his back heel took them out and Lucio fired past Rustu. Kirsten headed down Nowotny's high cross and Ballack stabbed the ball into the net.
"At the beginning of the match we didn't play so well. The reason being that Ze Roberto and Jens Nowotny were not 100 per cent fit and made mistakes but after the red card for Johnson we had a lot of good scoring chances and we used them for two important goals." Klaus Toppmoller
Assists : Lazetic, Ballack, Kirsten
Red Card : Johnson 37 (Fenerbahce)
25 SEPTEMBER 2001
LEVERKUSEN 2-1 BARCELONA
Luis Enrique latched onto Kluivert's through pass, sent Nowotny on his arse and lifted the ball over Butt. Leverkusen were awarded a penalty when Ballack took a tumble in the box. Butt stepped up and shot horribly, horribly wide. Possibly the worst penalty I have ever seen. Neuville looked to play a one two with Basturk but the midfielder tried his luck with a shot from the edge of the box, he wasn't closed down and Bonano was slow to react, 1-1. Schneider's cross found Neuville unmarked in the box and he volleyed past Bonano.
Assists : Kluivert, Neuville, Schneider
18 SEPTEMBER 2001
FENERBAHCE 0-3 BARCELONA
The Fenerbahce defence stood admiring Rochemback's pass and must have been shocked when Kluivert hit a stunning first time strike - on target! Another equally brilliant piece of ball watching allowed Andersson to head in Barca's second. Umit's trecherous back pass gave Saviola his first Champions League goal.
A clean sheet for Barca away from home!
"When you look at the result it looks like we're a good team but when you look at possession and control of the game that's what we had most of and that's the sign of success." Carles Rexach
Assists : Rochemback (x2)