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Three strikes for Chelsea, Liverpool

by editor2
September 28th, 2006

DIDIER DROGBA scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Levski Sofia yesterday and European champion FC Barcelona needed a late equaliser at Werder Bremen.

Drogba scored in the 39th, 52nd and 68th minutes, while group A rival Barcelona needed Lionel Messi to score in the 89th minute to cancel captain Carles Puyol’s own goal.

“OK, I scored three goals and I am very happy, but the most important thing in the Champions League is to win away,” Drogba said.

Two-time champion Inter Milan lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich and finished the match with nine players. It was Inter’s second loss in Europe and leaves the Italian champion in trouble in group B.

Drogba scored his first goal when John Obi Mikel’s shot was blocked by Levski goalkeeper Georgi Petkov. The Ivory Coast striker’s second came after he chested a long pass and netted under Petkov. Midfielder Frank Lampard set up Drogba for his third goal.

“We are not playing super football, still some players with room to improve, but still we are OK,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.

Levski, beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in the first round, had a consolation goal from Maryan Ognyano.

In group C, Liverpool led 3-0 before hanging on against Galatasaray. Peter Crouch scored in the ninth minute, and with a spectacular scissors kick in the 52nd. Luis Garcia added the other in between. Umit Karan scored two second-half goals in six minutes to bring the Turkish club back into the game.

PSV Eindhoven scored in the 65th minute in the other group C match, with Diego Tardelli crossing for Mika Vayrynen to score. Liverpool and PSV both have four points, with Galatasary and Bordeaux on one.

In group B, Inter Milan played with 10 men from the 58th minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a second yellow card.

Defender Fabio Grosso received a straight red card in the 85th minute for an elbow before Lukas Podolski scored Bayern’s second goal in injury time after Claudio Pizarro had scored the first in the 81st minute.

Sporting Lisbon, which beat Inter 1-0 two weeks ago, drew 1-1 at Spartak Moscow. Nani scored a second-half equaliser after Spartak’s Denis Boyarintsev opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a curling shot from the edge of the area.

In group D, David Villa scored one goal and set up another for Valencia against AS Roma.

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