Wednesday, 9 December 2009

[UCL] MD6 Wednesday Review

Inter 2-0 Rubin KazanInter secured their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 win over Rubin Kazan, while Fiorentina ended qualifying in style as a 2-1 win at Liverpool gave them top spot.

Inter 2-0 Rubin Kazan
Goals in either half by Samuel Eto'o and Mario Balotelli fired Inter into the last 16 of the Champions League at the expense of Rubin Kazan. The Nerazzurri had posed little threat before Eto'o broke the deadlock just after the half-hour, capitalising on excellent wing-play by Javier Zanetti and the awareness of Balotelli. The first goal, though, was all-important in this must-win match for both sides. Balotelli all but ended the contest with a strike worthy of winning any game on 63 minutes, a spectacular long-range free-kick that brought San Siro to its feet and Jose Mourinho's Inter into the first knockout round as runners-up to Barcelona in Group F.

Liverpool 1-2 FiorentinaLiverpool 1-2 Fiorentina
Alberto Gilardino struck in injury time to ensure Fiorentina advanced to the knockout stages as Group E winners with a 2-1 comeback victory at eliminated Liverpool. Trailing to Yossi Benayoun's first-half header, the Viola drew level through Martin Jørgensen before Gilardino snatched victory in dramatic fashion when he turned in Juan Vargas's low cross in the final seconds at a rain-sodden Anfield. If a second successive home defeat marked a sorry end to Liverpool's Champions League campaign, for Fiorentina the fairy tale goes on, this fifth consecutive victory ensuring Cesare Prandelli's men will fear nobody in the last 16.

UEFA Champions League 2009-10
Group Stage, Matchday 6
Tuesday 8 December
Juventus 1-4 Bayern Munich
Maccabi Haifa 0-1 Bordeaux
Besiktas 1-2 CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg 1-3 Manchester United
Marseille 1-3 Real Madrid
Zurich 1-1 Milan
Atletico Madrid 0-3 Porto
Chelsea 2-2 Apoel Nicosia
Wednesday 9 December
Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina
Lyon 4-0 Debrecen
Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Barcelona
Inter 2-0 Rubin Kazan
Sevilla 1-0 Rangers
Stuttgart 3-1 Unirea Urziceni
Olympiakos 1-0 Arsenal
Standard Liege 1-1 AZ Alkmaar

Round of 16 Draw
The draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 will take place in Switzerland on Friday 18 December from 1100 UK time (+1hr for Italy/CET).

The eight Champions League group winners are seeded for the draw and will be paired against the eight group runners-up. Fiorentina are amongst the seeded clubs while both Inter and Milan are unseeded, but clubs from the same country will be kept apart at this stage of the competition.

Seeded Pot
Champions League Group Winners: Bordeaux, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Barcelona, Sevilla, Arsenal.

Unseeded Pot
Champions League Group Runners-up: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Milan, Porto, Lyon, Inter, Stuttgart, Olympiakos.

The eight third-placed clubs in the Champions League group stage, which includes Juventus, will transfer to the UEFA Europa League at the Round of 32 stage. The draw will also take place on Friday 18 December at 1200 UK time.

UEFA Europa League
Champions League Group Third place: Juventus, Wolfsburg, Marseille, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Rubin Kazan, Unirea Urziceni, Standard Liege.

[Tuesday 8 December] - [Wednesday 9 December]

Source: UEFA

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