Kovacevic strikes again to send warning to Chelsea

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Chelsea's Champions League opponents Olympiakos were held to a 1-1 draw by PAOK Salonika in the Greek Super League at Thessaloniki on Saturday.

The Olympiakos defence, which comfortably held Chelsea at bay during their goalless first leg at home in midweek, was in trouble after two minutes. Glen Salmon's cross was poorly cleared by the Olympiakos goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis and the Spanish midfielder Antonio Gonzalez put PAOK in front. Olympiakos levelled in the 22nd minute through an unmarked Darko Kovacevic. It was the Serb's 16th league goal of the season.

Lyons, who drew 1-1 at home with Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League tie last Wednesday after a lean period domestically, got back to winning ways against bottom club Metz on Friday night thanks to a double strike from Fred.

Lyons had won just two of their last five Ligue 1 matches, but the Brazilian sealed a 2-0 victory with a goal in each half. The forward flicked in a cross from reported United target Karim Benzema in the ninth minute, and then chipped the Metz goalkeeper Christophe Marichez in the 68th minute.

In Honolulu, David Beckham had a hand in both Los Angeles Galaxy goals as his Major League Soccer side took third place in the Pan Pacific Championship with a 2-1 victory over Sydney FC on Saturday.

With three minutes gone, the England midfielder's cross was met by Ely Allen, who scored with a volley. Sydney FC equalised through Brendan Renaud before Beckham's low cross was fumbled by Sydney goalkeeper Ivan Necevski, with Josh Tudela on hand to score before half-time.

"The right foot seems to be working," Beckham said. "That is what I do, I get into positions and deliver balls that can help my team- mates and the strikers."

The Japanese side Gamba Osaka beat Houston Dynamo 6-1 in the final.

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