Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan advance in Champions League

November 27th, 2008 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS  

ArsenalHamburg, Nov 27 (DPA) English and Spanish clubs completed their Champions League charge when Liverpool and Atletico Madrid swept into the knockout phase. Italian champions Inter Milan also progressed to join Serie A rivals Juventus in the last 16 despite a 1-0 defeat at home to Panathinaikos.

Liverpool joined defending champions Manchester United and Arsenal in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille, while Atletico complete a Spanish quartet including city rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona and Villareal by beating PSV Eindhoven 2-1.

However, last season’s losing finalists Chelsea will have to wait after being held 1-1 at Girondins Bordeaux.

Italian side Roma are close to progressing after a 3-1 win at Romanian side Cluj, but Germany’s Werder Bremen were a casualty after a 2-2 draw at Anorthosis Famagusta.

Thirteen teams have now advanced to the knockout stage, with German champions Bayern Munich, two-time winner Porto, Lyon and Sporting Lisbon making up the up the roll-call.

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