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Two wins and a draw

Good weekend for Champions League rivals

The weekend was a generally successful one for Bayern’s Champions League Group E opponents. Both AS Roma and CFR Cluj chalked up important wins in their domestic leagues, while FC Basel retained top spot in Switzerland with a draw against their closest challengers. reviews the weekend matches involving the Group E hopefuls.

Italian runners-up AS Roma continued their recovery from a patchy start to this term’s Serie A campaign. On Matchday 10 in Italy, FCB’s next European opponents won the prestige clash with bitter city rivals and current league leaders Lazio 2-0, and climbed two spots in the table to seventh place. Marco Borriello (52) and Mirco Vucinic (87) both converted penalties to earn a fourth win of the season for Roma, who are now undefeated in their last four matches.

Roma end Lazio’s winning run

Surprise leaders Lazio had won their previous five matches going into the all-Rome showdown, but the Giallorossi put an end to that run in the 167th derby della capitale, even without their suspended captain and talisman Francesco Totti. Following a goalless first half, Lazio defender Stephan Lichtsteiner handled in the box, Boriello somewhat luckily converting from the spot to open the scoring shortly after the restart.

Roma showed signs of tiring in the wake of their Champions League clash in Basel the previous Wednesday, and Lazio poured forward in search of an equaliser. Hernanes saw his effort stopped by Roma keeper Julio Sergio, before Floccaris hit the bar and Foggia the post. Three minutes from time, Dias fouled late sub Julio Baptista, allowing Vucinic to settle the issue.

Basel still on top

Romanian double winners CFR Cluj bounced back defiantly from the 4-0 home defeat to Bayern in midweek with a 1-0 success against fifth-placed Dinamo Bucharest. Croat schemer Sasa Bjelanovic scored the only goal of the game on 25 minutes to seal a fifth win of term for Cluj, who now lie ninth in the standings on 19 points.

Swiss champions and cup winners FC Basel failed to win but still stayed top of the AXPO Super League. Coach Thorsten Fink’s side drew 1-1 away to second-placed FC Lucerne, and remain a point ahead of their weekend opponents and third-placed FC Zurich on 26 points from 14 matches. Sub Federico Almerares struck in the last minute to salvage a point for Basel, after Nelson Ferreira had handed the home side a 64th-minute lead.