Jovetic brace stuns erratic Liverpool

Jovetic brace stuns erratic Liverpool

The Montenegro striker, only playing in the Group E clash because Alberto Gilardino was suspended, beat the offside trap to net the 28th minute opener and then touched in a cross at the near post nine minutes later to stun the five-times winners.

While Jovetic was bursting onto the scene in Florence, Lionel Messi was reaffirming his position at the very top of the world game with a typically stylish strike in Barcelona's 2-0 home win over Dynamo Kiev.

Dynamo had their chances, with Andriy Shevchenko blasting over on his 33rd birthday, but Pedro sealed Barca's win with some more nifty footwork on 76 minutes.
Arsenal had to wait until the last 12 minutes to seal a 2-0 home win over Olympiakos Piraeus in Group H with forwards Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin on the scoresheet while AZ Alkmaar drew 1-1 with Standard Liege in a Benelux battle.
Results: Group E: Fiorentina: 2 (Stevan Jovetic 28th, 37th) bt Liverpool FC: 0; Debreceni VSC: 0 lt to Olympique Lyonnais: 4 (Kim Kallstrom 3rd, Miralem Pjanic 13th, Sidney Govou 24th, Bafetimbi Gomis 51st).

Group F: FC Rubin Kazan: 1 (Alejandro Dominguez 11th) drew FC Internazionale Milano: 1 (Dejan Stankovic 27th); FC Barcelona: 2 (Lionel Messi 26th, Pedro Rodríguez 76th) bt FC Dynamo Kyiv: 0.

Group G: FC Unirea Urziceni: 1 (Dacian Varga 48th) drew VfB Stuttgart: 1 (Serdar Tasci 5th); Rangers FC: 1 (Nacho Novo 88th) lt to Sevilla FC: 4 (Abdoulay Konko 50th, Adriano 64th, Luis Fabiano 72nd,  Frederic Kanoute 74th).

Group H: Arsenal FC: 2 (Robin van Persie 78th, Andrei Arshavin 86th) bt Olympiacos FC: 0; AZ Alkmaar: 1 (Mounir El Hamdaoui 48th) drew R Standard de Liège: 1 (Moussa Traore 90+).

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