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Mixed fortunes for PSV's UCL opponents (PSV.nl)

29 sep 2008 - Source: PSV.nl

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There were differing outcomes last weekend for PSV's opponents in the Champions League Group D. Liverpool, who play host to PSV at Anfield on Wednesday, earned a win over Everton. Olympique Marseille shared honours with Le Mans and Atletíco Madrid slipped to defeat at home against Sevilla.
Torres struck twice in three minutes
Fernando Torres struck twice in three minutes to secure a 2-0 win for Liverpool against Everton at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool dominated proceedings but failed to convert their chances into goals. The deadlock was finally broken on the hour mark. Dirk Kuijt did not find the net, but played a major role in setting up the attacks that led to the two goals. Kuyt created space for Torres at the near post and the Spanish striker headed home Robbie Keane's cross. Torres blasted home a second for The Reds three minutes later. Everton defender Phil Jagielka denied Kuyt with a tackle but the ball fell to Torres who slotted home from close range, leaving Everton keeper Tim Howard with no chance. Everton were reduced to ten men in the closing stages when Tim Cahill was shown a red card.
Injury worries for coach Javier Aguirre
Atltico Madrid suffered defeat at home against Sevilla. Luis Fabiano, who put in a man-of-the-match performance, scored the only goal in Sevilla's 1-0 victory. The Brazilian had a goal ruled out for offside in the seventh minute, but he opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he curled home a superb free kick from 25 yards out. Atltico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre has several injury worries ahead of the Champions League clash with Olympique Marseille. Maniche and Simão were not available for Sunday's game, due to injuries. John Heitinga is not match fit and defender Giorgios Seitaridis sustained an injury on Sunday night, just like Pablo, who had replaced him.
Le Mans - Olympique Marseille 1-1
Hatem Ben Arfa scored a wonderful goal after six minutes to give Olympique Marseille the lead against Le Mans, with the international evading a number of challenges and rounding opponents before tapping home the opener from close range. It proved to be a short-lived lead for Erik Gerets and his men, as Le Mans drew level three minutes later when the Norwegian striker Thorstein Helstad headed home an equaliser. Zenden came close to netting the winner for Marseille, but the Dutchman had his effort palmed away by Le Mans keeper Pele. Marseille dropped to third place in the French league.