Champions League round-up: Del Piero strikes twice to silence the Bernabeu
Thursday 06 November 2008
Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero scored two stunning goals to earn a 2-0 win at Real Madrid last night and put Claudio Ranieri's side through to the Champions League knockout stage.
Del Piero grabbed the opener in the 2-1 win over Real in Turin two weeks ago and repeated the feat after 17 minutes at the Bernabeu, crashing a left-foot shot past Iker Casillas as the defence backed off.
Del Piero's second came from a direct free kick on 67 minutes which he whipped past the wall into the left-hand corner of the net with Casillas rooted to the spot.
In Arsenal's group, Porto came from behind in Kiev to beat Dynamo. Artem Milevskiy gave the Russian side the lead in the first half, but a Rolando header levelled for Porto with 21 minutes to go and Lucho Gonzalez nodded in an injury-time winner before getting sent off for overdoing his celebrations.
In the other game in Manchester United's group a late free-kick from Anders Due gave AaB Aalborg a 2-2 draw with Villarreal and kept alive the Danes' slim hopes of reaching the next round.
With new manager Allan Kuhn at the helm, Aalborg fell behind to a goal from the former United striker Giuseppe Rossi in the 41st minute.
Jeppe Curth levelled the score after a smart back-heel pass from Caca in the 54th minute, only for Guille Franco to put Villarreal ahead again. Due then blasted home a free-kick in the 81st minute.
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