Chelsea, Inter reach last 16

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Chelsea and Inter Milan qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Chelsea and Inter Milan qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, while AC Milan and Barcelona stood on the brink on joining them. Arsenal, by contrast, stumbled again with a 1-1 home tie with Panathinaikos and has drawn three games in a row. Kicking off two hours ahead of the rest, Chelsea was first into the last 16 with a 1-0 victory at CSKA Moscow. Inter gained a 0-0 tie with the same Spanish champion Valencia it beat 5-1 two weeks ago but it was enough to reach the next phase. Despite the point, Valencia is now five points behind Werder Bremen which crushed Anderlecht 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Ivan Klasnic and the Spanish titlist is struggling to stay in the competition. Milan went to Barcelona needing a tie to make sure of reaching the second round but went down 2-1 thanks to late Ronaldinho strike. Now each team has nine points and needs a point from their last two games to reach the second round. Watched by their Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, Jose Mourinho's Blues made it four wins out of four in Moscow. Dutch winger Arjen Robben finished off a slick interchange with Eidur Gudjohnsen and Damien Duff to score the only goal of the game in the 23rd minute. (AP)

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