Saturday, October 15, 2005

Fifty not out for Raul Gonzalez

Raul Gonzalez scored a record 50th goal in the Champions League, helping Real Madrid to a 2-1 victory over Greek club Olympiakos on Wednesday.

After midfielder Pantelis Kafes levelled for Olympiakos in the 48th on a 20-metre drive, substitute Roberto Soldado notched up the winner for Madrid on an 86th-minute header.

In another key result among eight second-rotation games on Wednesday, defending champion Liverpool drew 0-0 at Anfield against English champion Chelsea. Liverpool, which ousted Chelsea in last year's semifinals, faces Chelsea again on Sunday in a league match.

Among the winners were Italy's Inter Milan, Turkey's Fenerbahce, Spanish club Real Betis, French champion Lyon and Slovakia's Artmedia Bratislava.

In the Group F game in Madrid, Raul's goal moved him one ahead of Alfredo di Stefano and three ahead of Man United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on the all-time scoring list for Europe's No. 1 cup.

The Spanish striker headed the ball behind Greek 'keeper Antonis Nikopolidis in the ninth minute, connecting on a long-range pass from David Beckham off the right wing.


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