Milan, Barcelona, PSV reach last 16

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

AC Milan and Barcelona joined the other powerhouses in the second round of the Champions League.

Milan, Barcelona, PSV reach last 16

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AC Milan and Barcelona joined the other powerhouses in the second round of the Champions League while Arsenal had two players sent off in a fourth tie in a row and still is not there yet. Milan outplayed Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 with two goals each from Argentina striker Hernan Crespo and Brazilian star Kaka in a high quality performance at San Siro. "I needed the goals and the good performance after much suffering," said Crespo, who had been targeted by Milan fans because of some poor performances. "I forgot the hard times and the fans whistles at the start of the campaign. It's part of soccer. Now I'm back ... the hard work is paying off." Barcelona ties with Celtic In the same Group F, Barcelona also needed just a point and got it by tying 1-1 at home with Scottish champion Glasgow Celtic. Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o put the Spanish league leader ahead in the 25th minute at Camp Nou only for Welsh international striker John Hartson to level for Celtic which is eliminated. The Gunners had Lauren and Patrick Vieira sent off in a 1-1 tie with PSV Eindhoven, a result that put the Dutch team into the last 16. Andre Ooijer put PSV ahead in the eighth minute with a near post header from a corner only for Thierry Henry to deftly swap passes with Fredrik Ljungberg and level in the 31st minute for the first goal PSV had conceded in seven games."You have to put two men on Henry and then add another because he's always so dangerous," said PSV coach Guus Hiddink who praised his team for "keeping a tasty tension on the game." PSV on topPSV tops Group E with 10 points and Arsenal, which has seven, will qualify by beating last place Rosenborg at home in two weeks time. Arsene Wenger's men are struggling to win games, however, with one victory in nine in the league and Champions Cup. Greek champion Panathinaikos has six points and can still catch the Gunners if it can beat PSV at home. Panathinaikos twice took the lead at Trondheim with goals by Michalis Konstantinou and Rudolf Skacel only for Thorstein Helstad to score twice for the Norwegian champion. Spanish champion Valencia gave itself an outside chance of reaching the second round with a 2-1 victory at point-less Anderlecht thanks to goals by Italian stars Bernardo Corradi and Marco Di Viao in Brussels. Inter Milan heldInter Milan, which had already qualified, was held 1-1 at second place Werder Bremen. Valerien Ismael's penalty four minutes into the second half but the German champion ahead but Nigerian star Obafemi Martins leveled in the 55th. The tie means Inter has 11 points, Bremen 10 and Valencia seven and the final Group G games are Inter-Anderlecht and Valencia-Bremen. Chelsea's 0-0 tie at home to Paris Saint Germain means that Juventus is the only team with a maximum five wins out of five.The Blues failed to hit the target at home although Jose Mourinho's Champions League unbeaten streak, having led FC Porto to the title last season, is now 16 games. "We did fantastically in the first matches and we won the right to think of these matches in a different way," said Mourinho, who rested seven of his front line players. "In fact I had to rest some players. All my players are playing regularly and for their national teams, so if I cannot give them a rest then I am stupid." Porto gets victoryPorto has struggled in the competition all season but captured its first Group H victory in a 1-0 victory at CSKA Moscow. South African striker Benny McCarthy scored the only goal in the 28th minute as Porto stayed alive in the competition by winning in Moscow although CSKA's Sergei Ignashevich fired a penalty kick over the top before half time. The last 16 is building up to look like a Who's Who of European powerhouses although the club with the record number of triumphs is still struggling to get there. Man U reached last 16Two-time champion Manchester United handed manager Alex Ferguson a present to help him celebrate his 1,000th game in charge of the Reds. United beat Lyon 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16. Lyon had already qualified but the Reds went top of the group. Bayern Munich, which has won the title four times, romped to a 5-1 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv to clinch a place in the next round. But Real Madrid, which holds a record nine European Cup titles, is struggling to get there after a 1-1 tie with Bayer Leverkusen and has to win at AS Roma in two weeks time to qualify. (AP)



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