7 November 2000
SHAKTAR DONETSK 3-0 ARSENAL
Keown made a mess of Tymoschuk's long ball over the top and Atelkin shot past young 'keeper Taylor. The outstanding Vorobey enhancing his glowing reputation with a superb free kick and then set up Byelik for the third.
25 OCTOBER 2000
ARSENAL 4-2 SPARTA PRAGUE
Parlous cracked a superb shot into the net and minutes later Lauren effectively killed the tie with a precise first time strike. Dixon scored from a rebound. Labant converted a penalty given away by fat boy Seamen for a foul on Kincl. Kanu added a fourth thanks to great work by Henry and an over indulgent dummy. Rosicky picked the ball up on the left wing, destroyed three defenders and shot inside the post.
Assists : Viera, Pires, Kincl, ?
LAZIO 5-1 SHAKTAR DONETSK
Lazio completed dominated the first half but it was Shaktar who took the lead through Vorobey. He brilliantly controlled a superb ball from Bakharev and hammered past Peruzzi. Lopez equalised after Nedved and Crespo helped on a long ball. Favalli played a one-two with Lopez, put the ball through Okoronkwo's legs and fired across goal. Veron got outrageous bend on a free kick and unleashed Lopez with an exquisite pass as Lazio defended a corner. Lopez completed his hat-trick in injury time.
Assists : Bakharev, Crespo (x2), Lopez, Veron x 2
17 OCTOBER 2000
LAZIO 1-1 ARSENAL
Lazio started brightly but it took an own goal to beat Lukic, standing in for David Seamen who was probably taking time off to make a porn movie, or eat a pie or something. Wiltord seemed to be indulging in juggling tricks deep in his own half but as everyone admired his skills he launched a ball to Pires, Nesta missed it and Pires ran from the half way line before curling a beautiful shot past Peruzzi. In the 2nd minute of injury time Dixon put the ball into his own net following a manic goalmouth scramble but that goal was disallowed due to dangerous play by Crespo. Claudio Lopez went AWOL.
A great game that got real ugly. Ljunberg was pressing Nesta as he tried to shepard out a corner. Nesta dived, Ljunberg was booked for protesting. Grimandi punched Simeone in the face. Not sure what for but if ever a player deserved a smack for past crimes it's Simeone, you reap what you sow. Nedved hacked Luzhny, Simeone went through, Nesta and Keown, Mihajlovic and Viera almost came to blows. Very reminiscent of what Arsenal did to Barca in the Nou Camp last season i.e. beat the shit out of them. It's a miracle no one was sent off.
Assist : Wiltord
SHAKTAR DONETSK 2-1 SPARTA PRAGUE
Virt punched a corned against a team-mate and Jarosik poked in. Vorobey missed a penalty. Gleveckas headed in a corner. Zubov lashed in a penalty awarded for handball.
Assist : ?
Red Card : Grygera 87 (Sparta Prague)
27 SEPTEMBER 2000
ARSENAL 2-0 LAZIO
Bergkamp headed Kanu's cross into Ljunberg's path and the Swede swept the ball past Marchegiani. They combined again for Arsenal's second, Bergkamp with a fantastic through ball and Ljunberg with a crisp first time finish. Marchegiani made a string of excellent saves to keep the score down, Lazio looked surprisingly blunt in attack.
Assists : Bergkamp (x2)
SPARTA PRAGUE 3-2 S DONETSK
Rosicky ran from the half way line, played a one-two with Sionko and his shot cannoned off Virt into the net. Vorobey picked out Zubov with a fantastic back heel, he cut inside a defender before whipping and outrageous shot into the top corner. Hornak headed in a corner from Labant. Jorosik headed in another corner via a deflection off Prohaszka. A fantastic run and cross from Zubov was converted by Abramov at the far post.
Good to see Labant back after injury, he was tremendous for Sparta in last season's Champions League. 23 year old Zubov looks a real class act.
Assists : Sionko, Vorobey, Labant, Zubov
20 SEPTEMBER 2000
LAZIO 3-0 SPARTA PRAGUE
Inzaghi fired Nedved's pass across goal to give Lazio an overdue lead. Simeone was credited with Lazio's second although it appeared as though he didn't get a touch to Veron's free kick. Veron also created the third for Inzaghi.
Assists : Nedved, Veron (x2)
ARSENAL 3-2 SHAKTAR DONTESK
Bakharev's free kick took a wicked deflection off Pires leaving fat, pony tailed tart David Seamen stranded. Vorobei ran in on the blind side to sweep Atelkin's beautiful disgusted pass into the net. Popov was harshly sent off at the end of the first half for body checking Viera. Wiltord took a dive in the box, penalty. Henry's spot kick was saved but Wiltord put away the rebound. Keown bundled in Silvinho's deflected corner. Kanu drew out Virt and despite playing with four strikers it was Keown who sent his cross into an empty net.
Assists : Atelkin, Kanu
Red Card : Popov 45
12 SEPTEMBER 2000
SHAKHTAR DONESTK 0-3 LAZIO
Lopez ran onto a huge punt upfield by Nedved, Virt came out of his net, completely missed the ball and Lopez tapped in. Nedved curled in a second and laid on Lazio's third for Inzaghi.
Assists : Nedved (x2), Favalli
Attendance : 31,000