Football: Atletico And Liverpool Through In Champions League
Posted November 27, 2008on:
Atletico Madrid and Liverpool cruised into the Champions League second round last night while 10-man Chelsea, Inter Milan and minnows Anorthosis Famagusta must wait and see.
Steven Gerrard’s goal shot Liverpool through in a 1-0 home victory over Marseille while Atletico beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 to complete 12-pieces of the 16-team knockout stage jigsaw.
Anorthosis must be kicking themselves after throwing away a 2-0 lead at home to Werder Bremen, drawing 2-2, and Panathinaikos shocked Inter Milan 1-0 in Italy meaning there is all to play for in Group B in the final round of matches on December 9/10.
Group A is also wide open after Chelsea drew 1-1 at Bordeaux with Nicolas Anelka on the scoresheet and Frank Lampard suspended for their final match at home to Romanians Cluj after a second yellow card. Roma won 3-1 at Cluj and host Bordeaux in their final match.
Barcelona topped Group C with a 5-2 victory at Sporting Lisbon as Spain got a Grand Slam of all four clubs – Real Madrid and Villarreal are the others – through to the next phase. – AFP
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