UEFA Champions League review

Lyon and Sevilla have joined Bordeaux, Manchester United, Chelsea and Porto in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League by collecting 1-1 draws. Meanwhile, two of the continent's biggest names are in danger of going out of the competition at the first hurdle. Holders Barcelona were held to a goalless draw away to Rubin Kazan, a result that dropped them down to third place in Group F, while Liverpool now need other results to go their way in Group E after conceding a late equaliser to Les Gones.

The results

Group E
Lyon 1-1 Liverpool
Fiorentina 5-2 Debrecen

Group F
Rubin Kazan 0-0 Barcelona
Dinamo Kiev 1-2 Inter Milan

Group G
Sevilla 1-1 Stuttgart
Unirea Urziceni 1-1 Rangers

Group H
Standard Liege 2-0 Olympiacos
Arsenal 4-1 AZ Alkmaar

The big game
Dinamo Kiev 1-2 Inter Milan
Goals: Andriy Shevchenko 21 (Kiev); Diego Milito 85, Wesley Sneijder 88 (Inter)

Inter Milan did things the hard way after trailing to Shevchenko's spectacular opener for much of a decidedly chilly evening in the Ukrainian capital. Trying desperately to claw their way back into a crucial game, Jose Mourinho's men spurned chance after chance and left themselves exposed to Dinamo's rapid counters. The Italians' persistence paid off in the final five minutes, however, with Wesley Sneijder setting up Diego Milito to prod home the equaliser before seizing on a fumble by home keeper Stanislav Bogush to ram home the winner from close range. The narrow win takes Inter from the bottom of Group F to the top.

The surprise
Rubin Kazan 0-0 Barcelona

The Russian champions can be proud of their efforts against the European champions on a night of sub-zero temperatures in Kazan. Two weeks after snatching three points at Camp Nou, the hosts shut out the much-vaunted Barcelona attack despite conceding 70 per cent of the possession and several chances. Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic came closest when he struck a post, the Catalans lacked their usual inventiveness in the final third, crashing time and again against the Russians' imposing defensive wall. The result could have been even worse for Barça had the home side made the most of their opportunities on the break.

The other games
Lyon left it very late before earning the draw they needed to progress from Group E against a Liverpool side who defied the continued absence of Steven Gerrard by turning in a spirited performance. Denied on numerous occasions by the inspired Hugo Lloris, the Reds finally went ahead thanks to a Ryan Babel rocket seven minutes from time. The French team stormed back and grabbed the all-important leveller in injury time, when Lisandro Lopez expertly lifted the ball over Pepe Reina and into the net.

The stalemate leaves Liverpool with no option but to win their final two games and hope the Frenchmen can do them a favour by winning at Fiorentina on Matchday 5. La Viola are in impressive form at their Florence stronghold, though, as Debrecen can vouch for after a 5-2 defeat on Wednesday, the Italians hitting four goals after the interval to break Hungarian resistance.

There were yet more late strikes in Group G as Rangers grabbed a vital lead away to Unirea Urziceni only for Daniel Onofras to spoil the Scots' night with a 25-yard thunderbolt two minutes from time. That goal leaves the Romanians second, two points clear of Stuttgart, who can be proud of their efforts in earning a 1-1 draw at Sevilla. Jesus Navas put the Andalusians into an early lead but the Germans came back into contention and deservedly pulled level through Zdravko Kuzmanovic's strike. The point was still enough for the section leaders to book their ticket to the next round.

Arsenal continue to dominate proceedings in Group H and stand on the brink of the knockout rounds after a comprehensive 4-1 win over AZ. Cesc Fabregas scored twice in another stroll for the Gunners, who only need one point from their last two games to march on. The Londoners would already be through had Standard Liege not revived their own hopes with a 2-0 home defeat of Olympiacos, with Dieumerci Mbokami and Milan Jovanovic getting the goals for the Belgians.

The stat
200 -
The number of matches Barcelona have now played in the continent's leading club tournament, winning 112, drawing 48 and losing 40. The Catalans are the fifth side to reach the landmark behind Real Madrid (319 games), Bayern Munich (230), Manchester United (210) and AC Milan (209).

Goal of the night
Arsenal 2-0 AZ (Samir Nasri 41)

Latching on to Andrei Arshavin's fine through-ball, Samir Nasri showed he has fully recovered from his recent injury woes by shaking off his marker with a tight turn and beating AZ keeper Sergio Romero with a precise drive just inside the near post.

Key Matchday 5 encounters
Group E: Fiorentina-Lyon. A win will take Fiorentina through and knock Liverpool out.
Group F: Barcelona-Inter Milan. The holders cannot afford to slip up at home to the new group leaders.
Group H: Arsenal-Standard Liege. One point is all the Gunners need to reach the last 16.

Have your say
Group F is the tightest of the eight sections. Which two sides do you think will go through?