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Equal ground as Valencia hold Blues

sports Updated: Sep 29, 2011 23:29 IST

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Substitute Salomon Kalou was the villain for Chelsea and goalkeeper Diego Alves the hero for Valencia as the London club gifted the Spaniards a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Champions League Group E on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead in the 56th minute at the Mestalla but his fine goal was cancelled out when Ivory Coast forward Kalou, who had replaced Lampard only minutes earlier, flapped an arm at a Valencia cross and the referee pointed to the spot.

Striker Roberto Soldado struck the ball low to goalkeeper Petr Cech's left for an 87th-minute leveller before Alves produced the last of a string of brilliant stops to deny substitute Nicolas Anelka.

Chelsea top the group with four points from two matches, with German side Bayer Leverkusen in second on three points thanks to their 2-0 win at home to Genk. Valencia have two points in third and Genk one point in fourth.

Youngster inspires Arsenal victory
Teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offered Arsenal fans a glimpse of a bright future as he became the club's youngest scorer in the Champions League on Wednesday, netting the opener in his side's nervy 2-1 Group F victory over Olympiakos.

Signed for a reported 12 million pounds from Southampton in August and made the most of his first appearance in the Champions League, firing the opener after eight minutes.

Brazilian left-back Andre Santos put Arsenal 2-0 up after 20 minutes but Olympiakos, who had lost all their previous nine away fixtures in England, reduced the deficit after 27 minutes through Spaniard David Fuster.

Messi brace takes Barca past bate
Lionel Messi's double helped Barcelona rout BATE Borisov 5-0 and stay ahead of AC Milan in Champions League Group G on goal difference after the Italian champions beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0. Messi took his tally to 14 and joined the retired Laszlo Kubala as Barcelona's second highest goal-scorer of all time with 194. An own goal by Aleksandr Volodko put Barcelona ahead before Pedro Rodriguez headed in the second from David Villa's cross.