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Atletico Madrid Beats Olympique Marseilles in Champions League
    2008-10-02 07:57:56     Xinhua

Goals from Kun Aguero and midfielder Raul Garcia gave Atletico Madrida a 2-1 home win over Olympique Marseilles on their home debut in the UEFA Champions League.

 

Aguero and Garcia scored after three and 21 minutes in a match where all the scoring was done in the first half. Niang scored Olympique's goal after 15 minutes.

 

There was a packed house and an incredible atmosphere in the Calderon for Atletico's return to Madridin Europe's most important competition.

 

That expectation was realized almost as soon as the game kicked off when Aguero scored a fine individual goal. He collected a pass from Maxi Rodriguez, dribbled past the defender and fired home an angled drive.

 

The joy in the Calderon was short lived, however, after Naing scored a no less impressive goal, heading home a center from Bonnart.

 

It was turning into a frantic opening half and Raul Garcia put Atletico back ahead after 21 minutes. Pernia took a free kick from the left and the midfielder scored with a left foot shot from close range.

 

It was turning into an exciting game of football with each team giving as much as they got as the play moved from one end of the park to the other, although neither was able to add to the score.

 

The second half kicked off with no change to the style of the game. Raul had a pair of half chances in the Atletico area, while Taiwo and Ziani replied both times for the visitors.

 

Atletico had the best chance to add to the scoring in the second period after a neat combination between Aguero and Sinama Pongolle ended up with Sinama's shot well saved by Olympique keeper Mandanda.

 

The French side tried to up the pressure in search of an equalizer in the closing minutes, but Atletico's defence held firm.

 

Javier Aguirre's side now have two wins from their first two group games and will travel to their next game, against Liverpool in Anfield, in three weeks time.

 
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