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Oscar stars, but Chelsea falters in tie

Chelsea began defense of its Champions League title in sloppy fashion Wednesday, surrendering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Juventus thanks to Fabio Quagliarella's late goal.

The substitute forward broke the offside trap and scored in the 80th minute to complete the comeback in London by the Italian champions, who fell behind on two first-half goals from Oscar. The Brazil playmaker marked his first start for Chelsea with long-range goals in two minutes.

Chelsea is trying to become the first team to retain the Champions League since its inception in 1992, a task branded "impossible" by Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo on the eve of the match.

"It was a great debut for Oscar," said Di Matteo, who has been keen not to overuse the 21-year-old too early. "We should have closed the game."

In other Champions games, Lionel Messi scored twice to give Barcelona a 3-2 home win over Spartak Moscow, and Michael Carrick's goal led Manchester United over visiting Galatasaray.

U.S. wins in sundhage farewell: Pia Sundhage won her final game as coach of the U.S. women's team, 6-2 over Australia in an exhibition at Commerce City, Colo. Sundhage announced this month she was stepping down to return to her native Sweden to coach its women's team. She leaves after five years in which she led the Americans to a 91-6-10 record, back-to-back Olympic gold medals, including in London last month, and their first World Cup final in 12 years, in which they lost in penalty kicks to Japan last year.

Oscar stars, but Chelsea falters in tie 09/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:26am]
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