Celtic's late goal sinks holders AC Milan

Updated on Oct 04, 2007 11:49 AM IST

Scottish football club Celtic's spirited performance against title holders Milan is rewarded with a dramatic 2-1 win in Group D of the UEFA Champions League.

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IANS | By, London

Scottish football club Celtic claimed a memorable late win over defending champions AC Milan, Chelsea defeated Valencia, but Liverpool lost to Marseille in group league action of the UEFA Champions League.

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Olympiakos and Shakhtar Donetsk recorded notable firsts, while Real Madrid were held by Lazio.

Celtic's spirited performance against title holders Milan was rewarded with a dramatic 2-1 win at Parkhead in Group D.

Stephen McManus, with the help of Yoann Gourcuff, put the home side ahead on 62 minutes, but Kaka equalised from the penalty spot just six minutes later. In the final minute, Milan goalkeeper Dida could only push Gary Caldwell's shot back into the path of Scott McDonald, who gleefully accepted the gift for Celtic.

Shakhtar Donetsk are now top of the group after picking up a first away win after Brazilian midfielder Jadson's 42nd minute goal saw off Benfica in Lisbon.

Liverpool are now bottom of Group A after slipping up at home to Marseille, who had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.

The telling goal arrived on 77 minutes when Mohamed Sissoko lost possession in his own half and Mathieu Valbuena capitalised with a superb curling shot.

In the same group, Ricardo Quaresma scored an injury-time goal to hand Porto a 1-0 win over Besiktas in Turkey.

In Group B, Chelsea produced a stirring comeback at the Mestalla Stadium to repeat last season's 2-1 win over Valencia.

David Villa pounced on some shoddy defending to give Valencia the lead on nine minutes before Joe Cole levelled from close range midway through the first half.

Cole's sumptuous pass with the outside of his foot on 71 minutes released Didier Drogba to score the winner with a clinical finish.

Group minnows Rosenborg are now bottom after German outfit Schalke 04 won 2-0 at Lerkendal. Jermaine Jones' well-taken goal on 62 minutes put the Germans ahead and Kevin Kuranyi caught Rosenborg on the break with a second a minute from time.

Lazio came from behind twice to force a 2-2 draw at home to Real Madrid in Group C.

Ruud van Nistelrooy put Real ahead after just eight minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, but Goran Pandev's cushioned finish drew the Italians level on 32 minutes.

A smart finish from van Nistelrooy nudged the Spaniards back in front just past the hour mark, but Pandev then got his second of the game 15 minutes from time to secure a point.

Greek club Olympiakos delivered an impressive performance in Germany to win 3-1 at Werder Bremen, who had scored eight in the Bundesliga at the weekend.

Bremen had gone in front on 33 minutes through Hugo Almeida, only for Olympiakos to level on 72 minutes through Ireoklis Stoltidis. Goals inside the final eight minutes from Christos Patsatzoglou and Darko Kovacevic earned the Greeks a first Champions League away win.

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