Inter finally win; Blues beat Barca

London, October 19:

Inter Milan finally won a game in the Champions League on Wednesday. Chelsea won another. Inter scored its first goals in this year’s competition, getting two from Julio Cruz in a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow in Group B.

Didier Drogba got Chelsea’s lone goal in the 47th minute to give the English Premier League champions a 1-0 win over defending champion FC Barcelona.

Chelsea is perfect with nine points in Group A. Also, it was: Werder Bremen 2, Levski Sofia 0 in Group A; Bordeaux 0, Liverpool 1, and Galatasaray 1, Eindhoven 2 in Group C; and Valencia 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 0, and Olympiakos 0, AS Roma 1 in Group D.

Cruz scored two goals to give Inter a 2-0 lead. The first came in the second minute when his shot hit the underside of the bar and went into the net. Alvaro Recoba chipped a cross for Cruz to head in the other in the ninth.

Denis Boyarintsev pulled a goal back for Spartak in the 54th, sliding in to score from five yards. Inter had lost to Sporting Lisbon and to Bayern Munich in its first two Champions League matches.

Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern Munich ahead in the 19th with a 30-yard drive — then was sent off in the 47th after picking up two yellow cards in two minutes. Bayern has nine points, followed by Sporting with four, Inter with three and Spartak with one.

Chelsea and Barcelona continued their Champions League rivalry — one which has been packed with scandals, red cards and feuds. Third-choice goalkeeper Hilario, who made his Chelsea debut because Petr Cech is recovering from brain surgery and backup Carlo Cudicini is also sidelined with a head injury, made two solid first-half saves.

Barcelona created few chances against a well-organised defense and Chelsea missed two more good chances.

Werder Bremen has four points in Group B after it beat Levski Sofia 2-0 off goals from Brazilians Diego and Naldo. Liverpool striker Peter Crouch headed in the winner from Jamie Carragher’s corner in the 58th to beat Bordeaux.

Galatasaray took the lead when Sasa Illic’s shot took a deflection into PSV Eindhoven’s net. But Jan Kromkamp equalized in the 59th when his shot slipped through the fingers of Galatasaray goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.

Arouna Kone gave PSV the win in the 72nd. Liverpool and PSV both have seven points in Group C, while Galatasaray and Bordeaux have one each.

In Group D, David Villa scored in the 31st and 45th minutes for Valencia. Villa took advantage of poor Shakhtar defending to go around goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa and roll the ball into the net. Joaquin created Villa’s second goal in the 45th with a cross which eluded Pletikosa, leaving the striker free to head the ball into an empty net. Shakhtar played with 10 men from the 76th after defender Viacheslav Sviderskiy was sent off.

Simone Perrotta slid in at the near post in the 76th to score the winner for AS Roma at Olympiakos. The Spanish team, which reached the final in 2000 and 2001, has nine points from three games. AS Roma has six points, while Olympiakos and Shakhtar have one each.