However, three days later they were hit by two massive blows, with first-choice keeper Igor Akinfeev and influential midfielder Keisuke Honda suffering long-term injuries in the 2-2 draw away
at Spartak Moscow.
SION SWIFTS 2 ROE ROVERS RESERVES 2 THE Reserves, missing seven regulars, produced a great physical 2-2 draw away
to table-toppers Sion Swifts on Saturday.
BOLTON manager Gary Megson was "hugely encouraged" by his side's dramatic 1-1 UEFA Cup draw away
to Bayern Munich.
BOLTON manager Gary Megson was "hugely encouraged" by his side's dramatic 2-2 UEFA Cup draw away
to Bayern Munich last night.
And their rivals' hopes took a sizable dent as the highly- influential Mathis was stretchered off after a collision with keeper Ulrich Rame during their goalless draw away
to Bordeaux on Saturday.
Impressive victories over Spain and Latvia, plus a draw away
to Denmark, in Euro 2008 qualifying have lifted Lawrie Sanchez's side to 45th.
Make no mistake, a draw away
from home to a Premiership club is a tough test, and to come through it at the first time of asking is a great result.
Earlier Real were held to a 2-2 draw away
Sutton United moved into third place with a goaless draw away
Victory, or at least a battling draw away
at Stoke City in the first leg of the Division Two play-offs, will give the club a tremendous platform to march onwards and upwards to football's elite.