Champions League: Liverpool, Chelsea advance

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Defending champion Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan reached the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Champions League: Liverpool, Chelsea advance
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Defending champion Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan reached the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday, joining seven other teams that had already qualified. Liverpool guaranteed one of the top two places in Group G with a 0-0 draw at Anfield against Spanish club Real Betis. Group rival Chelsea also advanced, winning 2-0 at Anderlecht with goals from Hernan Crespo and Ricardo Carvalho. Inter Milan clinched the top place in Group H, beating Artmedia Bratislava 4-0 behind three goals from Brazil forward Adriano and another from Luis Figo. Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko scored all four goals in AC Milan's 4-0 victory at Fenerbahce. However, the victory was not enough to advance AC Milan - last season's losing finalist - from a tight Group E. PSV Eindhoven, which could have reached the final 16 with a victory in Group E, fell 3-0 at Schalke behind a hat trick from Georgia midfielder Levan Kobiashvili. That leaves the group wide open. AC Milan and Schalke have eight points, followed by PSV with seven and Fenerbahce with four. Seven teams had already advanced to the final knockout stage of 16: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Arsenal, Ajax, FC Barcelona, Lyon and Real Madrid. The final six berths will be decided in two weeks in the last of the group-stage games. (AP)

Topics : Football Liverpool
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