Group E Roundup
Juve smashes Dynamo Kiev 5-0; Feyenoord downs MagpiesPosted: Tuesday September 24, 2002 4:56 PM
Updated: Tuesday September 24, 2002 7:33 PM
TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero scored his 25th Champions League goal and Marco Di Vaio, Edgar Davids and Pavel Nedved added four others Tuesday in Juventus' 5-0 trashing of Dynamo Kiev in a Group E match that lifted the Turin team at the top of the group standings.
The home win at Delle Alpi stadium added to a 1-1 draw at Feyenoord in the opening match of the stage phase, giving the Italian league champion four points.
The Ukrainian team was left with three points in two matches.
Di Vaio, who transferred from Parma in the off season, scored two goals, his first in the 14th minute with a precise header off a corner kick by Del Piero.
Del Piero, Juventus' top scorer and key player this season, made it two in the 22nd following a mishap by Dynamo defense.
Argentine midfielder Mauro German Camoranesi was quick to steal a loose ball from Tiberiu Ghioane and fed Del Piero for an easy goal from a few meters.
It was Del Piero's seventh goal this season -- four in two Italian league matches, two in the Italian SuperCup final and one in Champions League action.
It also improved Del Piero's total in the most titled European competition to 25 goals, one ahead of former AC Milan striker, Brazilian Jose Altafini.
Between Juventus' first-half goals Dynamo had consecutive scoring chances with Aleksandr Khatskevich.
In the 18th, the powerful short-range header by the Belarus forward was deflected against the crossbar by Juventus and national team goalkeeper GianLuigi Buffon.
Two minutes later Khatskevich led a quick counter-attack but his shot went wide.
Di Vaio, again with a header, put the score on 3-0 in the 52nd minute as he was fed by Czech teammate Pavel Nedved.
A perfect pass by Del Piero offered Davids the chance to beat out two defenders and goalkeepoer Vitaliy Reva for the fourth goal in the 67th.
Then it was the turn of Nedved to make the score rounder with a left-footed volley in the 80th, following a personal action.
Juventus, which is leading the Serie A standings in a first-place tie with AC Milan, Piacenza and Inter Milan, dominated the match and always looked in command.
David Trezeguet, the French striker who was the Italian league leading scorer last season, was fielded in the closing minutes for his season debut following two months on the sidelined with a knee injury.
Juventus plays Newcastle next, in Turin on Oct. 1st.
Lippi optimistic of 'beautiful' Juve's chances
Juventus coach Marcello Lippi hailed the 5-0 thrashing of Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday as one of the club's finest ever Champions League performances and said he now had real hope his team could win their third European title.
Two headers from Marco Di Vaio and strikes from Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids and Pavel Nedved led Juve to an utterly convincing win over the Ukrainians.
"That has to be one of the most beautiful performances from Juve ever in the Champions League," Lippi told reporters after the game.
"We have got it right at the moment in our head and in our feet. The important thing now is to maintain this and keep our feet on the ground," added the Juve coach.
Lippi won the Champions League in 1996 during his first spell in charge of the Turin club and clearly has his eye on another success.
"I hope so. I hope so with all my heart. The only problem is that Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and others also hope so. Milan had a great result tonight," he added referring to the stunning 4-0 win in Spain against Deportivo Coruna.
Striker Di Vaio, whose 12th minute header was his first goal since joining Juventus during the close season from Parma, not surprisingly echoed his coach's confidence.
"This will be the year of the Italians. We have teams in great form. Lets hope we can prove it at the end of the year," said Dai Vaio, who was clearly delighted with his own personal showing.
"I have never scored two headers in the game. You are more likely to find me in the kitchen than doing that. It is a double pleasure as it was so unexpected.
"Of course I am delighted for myself and the team. To open my account in the Champions League was beautiful from every point of view," said Di Vaio, who twice missed out on reaching the group stage while with Parma.
Dynamo coach Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko admitted his young team had been overawed and outclassed.
"A defeat like this doesn't require many words. It was a deserved defeat -- you can't make mistakes like that in the Ukrainian league never mind the Champions League," said the former Sampdoria winger.
"I could see the lads were nervous but I couldn't say anything to calm them. You need to play these games to get experience. Hopefully we can gain something useful out of this in the future, but it is difficult to think positively after a result like that," he added.
Dynamo cannot be looking forward to the return match in Kiev -- the last time they hosted Juve, in the 1998 quarterfinals, they were crushed 4-1.
Juventus 5 Dynamo Kiev 0 - result
Champions League, Group E
Scorers: Marco Di Vaio 14, 52, Alessandro Del Piero 22, Edgar Davids 67, Pavel Nedved 79
Juventus: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 21-Lilian Thuram, 2-Ciro Ferrara, 4-Paolo Montero (20-Davide Baiocco 76), 24-Emiliano Moretti; 16-Mauro Camoranesi, 26-Edgar Davids, 3-Alessio Tacchinardi (5-Igor Tudor 68); 11-Pavel Nedved; 18-Marco Di Vaio (David Trezeguet 72), 10-Alessandro Del Piero.
Dynamo Kiev: 12-Vitali Reva; 2-Aliksandr Khatskevitch (Aliksandr Melaschenko 71), 26-Andriy Nesmachniy, 35-Goran Sablic, 36-Jerko Leko, 10-Florin Cernat, 11-Georgi Peev, 14-Andriy Husin, 32-Goran Gavrancic, 17-Tiberiu Ghioane,16-Maksim Shatskikh.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Pardo strike condemns Newcastle to second defeat
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) -- Chilean forward Sebastian Pardo fired Feyenoord to a 1-0 Champions League victory at Newcastle on Tuesday leaving Bobby Robson's Magpies staring at early elimination.
Pardo struck in the fourth minute when Nikos Dabizas' poor headed clearance fell perfectly for him to volley home from just inside the area. The left foot shot appeared to take a deflection.
The result gives Feyenoord four points from two games but veteran Robson, who has had club successes with Ipswich, Sporting Lisbon and PSV Eindhoven in domestic competitions, looked on in dismay with his team last in the Group E standings with none.
Feyenoord almost went further ahead in the ninth minute when Thomas Buffel got clear but pulled his shot wide with just goalkeeper Shay Given to beat.
In was end to end action at St. James Park and Feyenoord's Australian star, Brett Emerton, got back to clear off the line after Welsh international Craig Bellamy had been put clear by Peruvian midfielder Nolberto Solano and had beaten goalkeeper Edwin Zoetebier with his shot.
Given blocked a shot from Song Chong-gug and Zoetebier did well to push away a shot from Alan Shearer, who was still wearing a head bandage to protect the gash he suffered in the 2-0 loss at Dynamo Kiev last week.
The Feyenoord 'keeper blocked from Shearer in the 52nd minute and then made a stunning save from Solano before Japanese star Shinji Ono headed off the line from a powerful Shearer header.
Ono had a great chance to make it 2-0 with 14 minutes to go but side-footed weakly at Given with his left foot from 16 yards (meters) instead of hitting it with power.
Then Bellamy took a short free kick from Laurent Robert and fired an angled shot from the left which flicked the top of the area.
Newcastle boss Robson refuses to give up hope
Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson refused to give up hope of guiding his side into the next phase of the Champions League despite their 1-0 home defeat by Feyenoord.
A fourth-minute goal by Sebastian Pardo and an inspired goalkeeping display by Edwin Zoetebier gave the Dutch side a victory that left Newcastle anchored to the bottom of group E without a point from their opening two games.
"We won't be despondent about the result and we'll get over it," Robson told a post-match news conference.
"But we are not silly and know that no points from two games makes it very difficult to proceed.
"But it does not mean that we will not proceed and we will not think like that. We have four games to go and we will try the very best we can.
"But, with Juventus beating Dynamo Kiev 5-0, it suggests that we will need to take an army over to Turin next week."
Robson added: "Apart from it being a disappointing result, it has been a cruel and unfortunate night for us.
"They cashed in on our mistake and did not give us any presents and their goalkeeper had an inspired night.
"We did not get a break in the box all night. That's the way it goes sometimes, it was just one of those nights.
"I could not complain about any of my players. They gave their all for the club and kept going right to the very end.
"We played reasonably well and we were not outplayed in any shape or form."
Robson singled out Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer for special praise, describing his performance as "magnificent."
Bert van Marwijk, Feyenoord's head coach, added: "I was pleased to get the three points. We played to win and created good chances.
"There was also a lot of pressure from Newcastle but our goalkeeper had a very good game.
"We did not get forward very much in the second half but we withstood their pressure.
"We had opportunities to make it 2-0 but when it stayed at 1-0 Newcastle always had a chance."
Newcastle United: 1-Shay Given; 12-Andy Griffin, 5-Andy O'Brien, 34-Nikos Dabizas, 18-Aaron Hughes; 4-Nolberto Solano, 8-Kieron Dyer, 11-Gary Speed, 32-Laurent Robert; 9-Alan Shearer, 10-Craig Bellamy.
Feyenoord: 1-Edwin Zotebier; 23-Brett Emerton, 8-Kees van
Wonderen, 17-Patrick Paauwe, 3-Tomasz Rzasa; 24-Song Chong-gug,
6-Paul Bosvelt, 14-Shinji Ono, 25-Sebastian Pardo; 9-Pierre van
Hooidonk, 19-Thomas Buffel.
Reuters contributed to this report.