| Tuesday, November 26, 2002 17:48 EST
Man U's second-half goal blitz stops Basel
LONDON -- Reigning European champions Real
Madrid was beaten but former titleholders Manchester United,
Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan all won on the opening night of
the second phase of the Champions League on Tuesday.
History repeated itself for Real who lost 1-0 at five-time
European champions AC Milan with the Italian side maintaining
its 100 per cent home record against the Spaniards in European
competition going back to their first meeting in 1956.
Andriy Shevchenko scored the only goal in the outstanding
Group C match at the San Siro stadium as Milan beat Real for the
fifth successive time at home.
The hard part will come for AC Milan in the return leg where
the club has never beaten Real in Madrid.
Meanwhile, Manchester United bounced back to win the first
European tie it has ever played in Switzerland with a 3-1
victory in Basel where the home side took the lead after only 31
seconds with the sixth-quickest goal in Champions League
But Christian Gimenez's early strike was not enough against
the two-time champions who stormed back to take the lead with
two goals in 90 seconds by Ruud Van Nistelrooy just after the
His second goal from the acutest of angles was particularly
outstanding and deflated Basel so much they fell even further
behind five minutes later when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the
third to ensure United would go home with all three points.
Juventus, the other former European champions in action,
fought back superbly to gain a 2-2 draw at Deportivo Coruna
after the home side had raced into a 2-0 lead after only 11
Diego Tristan (9) and Roy Makaay (11) gave the Spaniards a
flying start, but Juve came back with a 38th-minute goal from
Alessandro Birindelli and a 57th-minute equalizer from Pavel
Borussia Dortmund, the 1997 European champions, also came
from behind to win, outclassing a weary Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 in
The home side, who clinched its domestic title for the
first time in the club's 67-year history last week, started the
brighter and went ahead after 31 minutes through Sergei
But Dortmund was level just two minutes later when Torsten
Frings equalized, and wrapped up the points two minutes before
the break thanks to a well-taken goal by tall Czech striker Jan
Koller who was gifted the ball by the home defense.
Second phase matches start in Groups A and B on Wednesday
with Bayer Leverkusen playing Barcelona and Newcastle United
meeting Inter Milan in Group A. In Group B, Roma hosts Arsenal
and Valencia plays Ajax Amsterdam.