Fiorentina put The Reds to flight

FLORENCE, Italy - Stevan Jovetic struck twice to help Fiorentina sweep aside Liverpool 2-0 in the Champions League last night and earn their first points in Group E.

The in-form Montenegro forward ran on to Cristiano Zanetti's pass and coolly slotted the ball home to open the scoring in the 28th minute.

He doubled the advantage nine minutes later.

The Italians, who lost their opener 1-0 at Olympique Lyon, have three points, as do Liverpool after they beat Hungarian champions Debrecen by the same margin two weeks ago.

l Robin van Persie rewarded Arsenal's patience as the Gunners finally shattered Olympiakos's stubborn resistance to claim a 2-0 win.

Arsene Wenger's side dominated the Group H clash at the Emirates Stadium from start to finish, but were frustrated until 12 minutes from full-time by a superb display from Antonis Nikopolidis.

The goals were scored when Dutch striker Van Persie slotted home and then Andrei Arshavin.

l In Budapest, Hungary, Olympique Lyon ruthlessly crushed Hungary's Debrecen 4-0 to maintain their winning start in Group E.

Lyon scored through midfielder Kim Kallstrom, Bosnian Pjanic, and Sidney Govou.

l In Barcelona, Spain, Lionel Messi and Pedro struck in each half to give holders Barcelona a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League Group F match.

The result puts Barca top of Group F on four points from two matches after Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at Rubin Kazan. - Reuters and Sapa-AFP