12 November 2002


Moons flapped at corner, Pavon sent the ball back across goal and Tote poked into an empty net. Morientes should have been sent off for a shocking two footed lunge on Skonko. Incredibly Skonko wasn't injured and his corner was headed in by Sonck to give the Belgians their sixth straight draw in the competition.

Assists : Pavon, Skonko (ck)


A shocking header by ex Inter player Georgatos gifted Roma a well deserved opening goal. His sliced clearance was headed on by Panucci and Delvecchio headed over Chiotis. Chiotis should have been sent off for handling a Montella shot when outside his box. Cassano kicked fresh air on a rebound after Chiotis had again denied Montella. Tsartas swung a free kick into the box and Centeno poked past Antonioli to earn a scarcely deserved point.

Assists : Panucci, Tsartas (fk)

30 OCTOBER 2002


Sonck made amends for a terrible miss when he tapped Suzuki's centre past Moons. Chiotis came out of his box to clear as Lakis chased down a long ball, Lakis flicked the ball over him before tapping into am empty net.

Assists : Suzuki, Wright

22 OCTOBER 2002


Bench warmer McManaman hit two first half goals seemingly sending the reigning champions on their way to another victory over jobber opposition. He tapped in a Cambiasso centre and ran onto a pass from Private Gomer Pyle (Ronaldo) before slotting into the corner. Katsouranis pulled a goal back from a corner and Centeno slammed in an unlikely equaliser as Madrid's defence again cracked under pressure.

Assists : Cambiasso, Ronaldo, Centeno (corner), Ivic

2 OCTOBER 2002


AEK won an early free kick. Tsartas crashed the ball against the post, the ref booked him for time wasting then made him take the free kick again! This time he scored with a phenomenal shot. A fabulous first touch from Zidane took him from a defender and he cracked a left foot shot inside the post. Absolutely brilliant goal. Maladenis restored AEK's lead when Casillas went walkabout on a corner. The Real defence ball watched as Tsartas floated a free kick into the box and Nikoladis headed AEK further in front. Raul flicked on a Figo corner and Zidane volleyed in unmarked at the far post. Guti earned the champions a share of the points with a superb volley.

Assists : Raul, Tsartas (ck), Tsartas (fk), Raul, Roberto Carlos



Genk managed to survive for 45 minutes then Real cut loose. They went in front via a deflected effort by Guti. Figo and Raul swapped passes in the box but before Figo could shoot Salgado drilled the ball past Moons. Heleguera dived to win a penalty, as if Real needed any help. Figo converted. Guti dispossed a Genk defender on the edge of his own box to score an easy fourth. Major league bench warmer Celadres got in on the act before Raul finished things off with a splendid left foot half volley.

If you're going to get beat might as well get beat in style.

Assists : Raul (x2), Morientes



Roma had two chances within seconds of each other. A mistake by Hierro let in Montella but he managed to recover at the expense of a corner. From the resulting corner Panucci headed against the post. That was 5 minutes into the match and about as good as it got for Roma. Real took the lead late in the first half. Raul sprayed a ball wide to Guti, he cut inside Panucci, or to be more precise Panucci cowardly turned his back to play, before curling the ball past a helpless and exposed Antonioli. Raul lashed home a clearance from Dellas to make it 0-2. A sudden turn of pace took Guti away from Tommasi, he skipped past a poor challenge by Dellas and despite a lunge by super defender Walter Samuel, grabbed his second of the night.

I wonder who Capello and Sensi will blame for this one?

Assists : Raul, Salgado