Spaniards maintain momentum

A Sergio Aguero-inspired Atletico Madrid kept pace with Liverpool at the top of Champions League Group D thanks to a 2-1 win over Marseille in the Spanish capital tonight.

Argentinian striker Aguero made it three goals in two games to put Atletico ahead, although Mamadou Niang brought the French club level before Raul Garcia struck the winner.

The Spaniards join Liverpool, 3-1 victors over PSV Eindhoven, at the top of the pool on six points.

In Group A, Roma got their campaign up and running as they came from behind to beat Laurent Blanc’s 10-man Bordeaux 3-1 in France.

Yoann Gourcuff put the hosts ahead but Carlos Henrique was then red-carded for elbowing at a free-kick.

A Mirko Vucinic header plus two goals from Julio Baptista, including a free-kick, after the break sealed a vital three points for the Italians after their opening home defeat to CFR Cluj.

The Romanians drew 0-0 with Chelsea, leaving the pair top of the pile on four points.

Barcelona, champions in 2006, needed a 94th-minute strike from Lionel Messi to beat unlucky Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in Group C.

Both teams had won their opening games but a fine finish by Ilsinho put the Ukrainians in pole position before the Argentina star’s late show – he equalised with three minutes remaining then struck deep into injury-time.

Goals from Leandro Romagnoli and Derlei handed Sporting Lisbon a 2-0 win over Basle in Portugal.

In Group B, Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan took the lead but were eventually pinned back by Werder Bremen, who claimed a 1-1 draw at the San Siro.

Maicon’s sweetly chipped first-half finish put the Italians ahead before former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro tapped in for the equaliser.

Cypriots Anorthosis Famagusta claimed a famous 3-1 victory over Greek rivals Panathinaikos.

A Josu Sarriegi own goal and Sinisa Dobrasinovic effort gave the islanders a comfortable lead, and although Dimitris Salpigidis pulled one back from the spot, Hawar Mulla Mohammed clinched the win to continue his club’s promising start.

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