European Soccer Roundup
Arsenal beat Lazio of Rome 2-0 Wednesday night behind two goals from Fredrik Ljungberg and Valencia defeated Lyon 1-0 as Zlatko Zahovic scored to remain the only teams with perfect records in the European Champions League.
In other games, defending champion Real Madrid won 3-2 at Bayer Leverkusen, Spartak Moscow beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1, Sparta Prague defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2, Olympiakos Piraeus beat Heerenveen 2-0, UEFA Cup champion Galatasaray edged Glasgow Rangers 3-2 and AS Monaco routed Sturm Graz 5-0.
Arsenal and Valencia both are 3-0 with nine points. The Champions League now breaks until Oct. 17, as European nations prepare for World Cup qualifiers on Oct. 7 and Oct. 11.
Bayer Leverkusen 2, Real Madrid 3
At Leverkusen, Bernd Schneider (27th) and Michael Ballack (44th) twice gave the German team leads, but the Real Madrid rallied each time on goals by Roberto Carlos (32nd) and Jose Maria Gutierrez (70th). Roberto Carlos then stole the ball from Jens Nowotny in the 74th and put the Spanish team ahead for its first win in Germany since 1955. Real Madrid (2-0-1) leads the group, followed by Spartak Moscow (2-1), Bayer Leverkusen (1-2) and Sporting Lisbon (0-2-1).
Spartak Moscow 3, Sporting Lisbon 1
At Moscow, Marcao scored in the 68th and 82nd minutes and Luis Robson scored in the 44th as Brazilians led the Russian team. Ricardo Sa Pinto (44th) scored for Sporting.
Arsenal 2, Lazio 0
At London, Ljungberg beat goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani in the 43rd and 56th minutes, both times off passes from Dennis Bergkamp. Arsenal (3-0) is first, followed by Lazio (2-1), Sparta Prague (1-2) and Shakhtar Donetsk (0-3).
Sparta Prague 3, Shakhtar Donetsk 2
At Prague, Czech Republic, Tomas Rosicky (54th), Michael Hornak (73rd) and Jiri Jarosik (82nd) scored for the Czech team, while Gennady Zubov (56th) and Vitaly Abramov (84th) scored the Ukrainian team.
Valencia 1, Lyon 0
At Valencia, Zahovic scored in the 78th minute off a pass from Juan Sanchez. Valencia (3-0) leads the group, followed by Olympiakos (2-1), Lyon (1-2) and Heerenveen (0-3).
Olympiakos Piraeus 2, Heerenveen 0
At Athens, Brazilian forward Giovanni scored in the 52nd and 69th minutes, heading in corner kicks.
Galatasaray 3, Rangers 2
At Istanbul, Akin Bulent (51st), Unsal Hakan (56th) and Mario Jardel (69th) built a 3-0 lead before Andrei Kanchelskis (72nd) and Giovianni van Bronckhorst (90th) made it close. The teams are tied for first at 2-1, followed with AS Monaco and Sturm Graz at 1-2.
AS Monaco 5, Sturm Graz 0
At Monte Carlo, Monaco, Marco Simone scored in the 13th, 38th and 41st minutes, while Pontus Farnerud (77th) and Shabani Nonda (85th) also scored.