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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

League Setbacks Inspire Juve, Milan

LONDON -- European champion Juventus, which were beaten for the first time this season Sunday, will be looking to bounce back with their third successive Champions' League victory at Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.


Juventus lost 2-1 at Vicenza, a result Juventus coach Marcello Lippi believes will inspire his team against the Austrians, who also lost their unbeaten league record at the weekend.


"We'll definitely be that bit more angry after this result, a defeat we consider entirely undeserved," said Lippi.


Croat striker Alen Boksic returns against Rapid, but Juventus will still be without injured goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi, midfielder Antonio Conte and striker Alessandro Del Piero.


Manchester United, who came back from losing their opening match to Juventus by beating Rapid 2-0 two weeks ago, travel to Turkey for the third time in four seasons to face Fenerbahce and are likely to receive just as volatile a welcome as they did when they played Galatasaray.


United were outplayed by Liverpool at the weekend but still won 1-0 to remain unbeaten in the league. They will need to keep their cool in Istanbul, where Fenerbahce supporters gave their team a rough ride at home to Bursaspor on Sunday despite winning 1-0 with a first minute penalty.


Ajax have a vital Group A match against Rangers at their new Arena stadium, where they have made a disappointing start to their Dutch League and champions' league campaigns.


Rangers, who have spent millions building a team to challenge for the European Cup but who have failed to make it past the opening round for the past three years, will be dead and buried if they lose to Ajax.


If Juventus felt their defeat against Vicenza was undeserved, the same cannot be said of AC Milan's 3-0 defeat away to Roma on Saturday night.


Milan's Croat midfielder Zvonimir Boban, suspended for the Roma game, hopes that defeat will spur the side to re-discovering their best form away to IFK Gothenburg.


Even so, they should still be good enough to chalk up their third successive Group C triumph.


Marco Simone, ruled out of the Roma game by an upset stomach, returns to partner Liberian George Weah in attack.


Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund meet in Spain. A win for either will probably guarantee their place in the last eight. Dortmund will be without several injured players including defender Matthias Sammer and striker Karlheinz Riedle.


In the UEFA Cup, Inter Milan and Newcastle, the new league leaders in Italy and England, seek to make their mark in Europe. Inter is at home against Casino Graz of Austria while Newcastle travels to Hungary to face Ferencvaros.


Spartak Moscow faces a difficult challenge in Germany against SV Hamburg. Confidence will be high though after their 3-1 win over Dinamo Moscow at the weekend and the news that they face a much weakened Hamburg side because of injuries and suspensions.


(MT, Reuters)





Germany's star of the moment, Karlsruhe's Thomas Haessler, who scored two goals for the national team against Armenia last week, faces his former team Roma in the UEFA cup.


Paris St. Germain, attempting to become the first team in the 36-year history of the Cup Winners' Cup to win the competition in successive seasons, will face a difficult second-round, first-leg match at Galatasaray in Turkey.


Spartak Moscow faces a difficult challenge in Germany against SV Hamburg. Confidence will be high though after their 3-1 win over Dinamo Moscow at the weekend. and the news that they face a much weakened Hamburg side because of injuries and suspensions.(MT, Reuters)





Even so, they should still be good enough to chalk up their third successive Group C triumph.


"The defeat by Roma wasn't nice to look at, not at all. ...We'd better show some character and react," said Boban.