Inter Milan, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid added their names to the list of qualifiers for the first knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening, with only three slots now left open.
Roma, Chelsea and Bordeaux are in the hunt for the two places in Group A, while Panathinaikos and Anorthosis Famagusta will do battle for the one remaining Group B berth.
Match of the day
Anorthosis Famagusta 2-2 Werder Bremen
Nikos Nikolaou 62, Savio 68 (Famagusta); Diego 72 pen, Hugo Almeida 87 (Werder Bremen)
The Cypriots defied the pundits again with another sterling display, only to be hauled back at the death by the visitors. An exciting game burst into life in the final half-hour when the outsiders surged into a two-goal lead courtesy of a superb half-volley from Nikolaou and Savio's finish following a fine break. Showing typical German determination, Werder got back into the game thanks to Diego's penalty, with Almeida completing the unlikely comeback three minutes from time. The hosts still had time to miss a clear-cut opportunity in the dying seconds, leaving them in need of a win when they travel to Panathinaikos for their final game.
Surprise of the day
Inter Milan 0-1 Panathinaikos
Jose Sarriegi Zumarraga 69
Visibly lacking in motivation, the Nerazzurri were content to go through the motions for most of the evening. Unbeaten at home since 23 March, Inter saw that record go up in smoke when Julio Cesar failed to keep out Giannis Goumas' glancing header, allowing Sarriegi to poke home the rebound from close range. Despite their lacklustre showing, Jose Mourinho's side still advanced from Group B thanks to Werder's late show in Cyprus.
The other matches
Easy 4-0 winners when they hosted Bordeaux at Stamford Bridge earlier in Group A, Chelsea found the French an altogether different proposition on their home patch. A keenly contested encounter swung the English side's way on the hour mark when Nicolas Anelka pounced on a defensive error. With just seven minutes remaining, however, Laurent Blanc's charges got the equaliser they deserved when Alou Diarra nodded Yoann Gourcuff's corner-kick into the back of the net.
A revitalised Roma replaced the Londoners at the top of the section after securing a 3-1 win away to Cluj. Matteo Brighi scored twice, with Francesco Totti converting a sublime free-kick. Only three points separate the first three places, with Chelsea taking on Cluj at home on Matchday 6 and Bordeaux travelling to Rome in search of a ticket to the Round of 16.
Having already qualified from Group C, Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon conjured up a thrilling spectacle in the Portuguese capital, the Catalans eventually emerging 5-2 winners. Shakhtar Donetsk ensured their presence in the UEFA Cup by romping to a 5-0 win over Basel, three of the goals coming from the Brazilian Rodrigues Jadson.
Atletico Madrid progressed from Group D after making a bright start at home to PSV Eindhoven, the Colchoneros finding themselves two goals to the good after 28 minutes thanks to Simao and Maxi Rodriguez. The Dutch roused themselves in the second half and Danny Koevermans reduced the deficit with his fourth goal of the campaign. That was as good as it got for the visitors, however.
Liverpool made sure they would join the Spaniards with a 1-0 defeat of Marseille. The Reds were indebted to Steven Gerrard's finishing prowess once more, the talismanic midfielder getting on the end of Xabi Alonso's precise cross to plant a firm header just inside Steve Mandanda's left-hand post.
299 - The number of goals Liverpool have scored in 164 European Cup and UEFA Champions League matches. The Reds stand eighth overall in the list of top-scoring teams in the competition, with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United making up the top three.
Goal of the night
Atletico Madrid 2-1 PSV Eindhoven
Maxi Rodriguez 28 (2-0)
Sergio Aguero's flick-on from a Simao corner came back off a defender and fell into the path of Maxi Rodriguez. Seizing on the loose ball, the Argentinian powered a rising drive into the roof of the net. With the game being played behind closed doors, however, Maxi's wonder strike was met with silence from the stands.
What they said
"The real AS Roma are back," Francesco Totti hails his side's return to form.
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