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10 December 2009 :: 20:12:59 pm 1240

Liverpool & Juve Out of Champs League

Last night saw the completion of the UEFA Champions League Group Stages for 2009 with 16 teams progressing through to the later stages. There were two major upsets in this years competition, with heavyweights Liverpool and Juventus failing to progress. Both teams will now fight it out in the Europa League, Europe’s second tier competition.
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Group A

Maccabi Haifa v Girondins Bordeaux (0-1)

Bordeaux came away with the win in Israel despite only featuring a majority second string squad. Maccabi are the first team in Champions League to have lost all six group stage games not scoring a goal. Bordeaux are through as top of the group meaning they should get a favourable fixture in the knockout round of 16.

Juventus v Bayern Munich (1-4)

Bayern Munich produced a sublime performance to win 4-1 against Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin, snatching the runners-up spot in Champions League Group A. Juventus on the other hand will not progress, finishing 3rd in the group. Juve will now enter into the knockout stages of the second string Europa League.

Group B

VfL Wolfsburg v Manchester United (1-3)

A hat-trick from veteran English striker Michael Owen gave injury-ravaged Manchester United a 3-1 victory over Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena. The win means they top Group B resigning Wolfsburg to third position.

Besiktas v CSKA Moscow (1-2)

CSKA Moscow booked their place in the Champions League knockout stage thanks to a 2-1 Group win against Besiktas in Istanbul. Goals from Milos Krasic and Eugeni Aldonin were enough to see the Russians safely into the last 16 with Besiktas exiting all forms of European competition this year.

Group C

FC Zurich v AC Milan (1-1)

A second-half penalty from Ronaldinho was enough to send AC Milan through to the last 16 of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with 10-man FC Zurich at the Letzigrund. FC Zurich exit the competition after having managed merely one win.

Olympique Marseille v Real Madrid (1-3)

Marseille were undone by the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-1 Group C defeat to Real Madrid at Stade Velodrome. The French side needed to win and hope that Milan failed to beat Zurich but, while the Rossoneri were held in Switzerland, Marseille could not keep their part of the bargain in an entertaining clash.

Group D

Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Europa League despite falling to a 3-0 Champions League defeat at home to Group D runners-up FC Porto. The Spanish side finish third in the standings after Cypriots APOEL Nicosia could only manage a draw in England.

Chelsea v APOEL Nicosia (2-2)

Chelsea’s spot in the last 16 was already assured while APOEL could have jumped above Atletico Madrid – who lost 3-0 at home to Porto – and into the Europa League, had they won. A late goal from substitute Nenad Mirosavljevic denied Chelsea victory as they drew 2-2 against the Cypriot side.

Group ELiverpool v Fiorentina (1-2)

Liverpool conceded another late goal to end their depressing Champions League campaign for 2009 with a 2-1 home defeat to Fiorentina. For the second time in this year competition Liverpool lost at Anfield, squandering a Yossi Benayoun lead to lose out to an injury-time goal, this time from Alberto Gilardino of Fiorentina.

Olympique Lyon v Debrecen (4-0)

Lyon ended the Champions League group phase with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Debrecen but they will have to be content with second place in Group E as Fiorentina snatched victory in England earlier in the night.

Group F

Dynamo Kyiv v FC Barcelona (1-2)

A sublime free-kick from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev at the Valeri Lobanovsky stadium in the Ukraine. The narrow win means Barcelona top Group F.

Inter Milan v Rubin Kazan (2-0)

Inter Milan secured their safe passage into the knockout stage of the Champions League with a deserved 2-0 win over Russian side Rubin Kazan in Milan, finishing second behind Spanish outfit FC Barcelona.

Group GSevilla FC v Rangers (1-0)

A Frederic Kanoute penalty was enough to see the Spanish side to victory in a particularly one-sided match. The win means Sevilla finish top of Group G, whilst Ranger’s finish a disappointing last in the group.

VfB Stuttgart v Unirea Urziceni (3-1)

In his first game as coach of the German side, Christian Gross saw his team tear into their opponents from the outset, with Ciprian Marica, Christian Trasch and Pavel Pogrebnyak banging in three goals in the first 11 minutes of the entertaining match. With the win Stuttgart successfully booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Group HOlympiacos v Arsenal (1-0)

Brazilian, Leonardo scored the only goal of the game soon after half-time giving his team a vital win against an enterprising young Arsenal side in Athens. The win confirms their place in the knockout stages, finishing second in the group behind Arsenal.

Standard Liege v AZ Alkmaar (1-1)

An injury-time goal from goalkeeper Sinan Bolat sent Standard Liege into the Europa League at the end of a thrilling encounter with AZ Alkmaar in Belgium, the game ending in a 1-1 draw.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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