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Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 22:52 GMT

Milan fall off football's catwalk

Milan favourite Paolo Maldini tussles with Umit Davala of Galatasaray

Italian giants AC Milan were turfed out of Europe in ignominious fashion with a last-minute defeat at the hands of Galatasaray.

The Turks' shock 3-2 victory not only knocked Milan out of the Champions League, it also condemned them to fourth place in Group H and ensured they cannot even claim a consolation spot in the Uefa Cup.

Instead it is Galatasaray, who had been trailing 2-1 with just four minutes to go, who will enter the third round of the lesser European competition.

Chelsea topped the group after a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin, who were surprise qualifiers for the next phase after finishing second.

They go into the draw for the second phase on Friday, when the 16 remaining teams will be divided into four groups.

Milan were leading in Istanbul until the 86th minute when Galatasaray's star striker Hakan Sukur headed a ball past Milan keeper Christian Abbiati.

Less than three minutes later, the Turks were awarded a penalty and Umit Davala fired it home for a stunning victory.

Milan's Liberian striker George Weah had opened the scoring in the 20th minute, shooting past helpless keeper Claudio Taffarel following a cross from Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko.

Carlos Alberto de Olivera equalized just seven minutes later, bulletting a ball through a crowded penalty area into the net from a corner.

AC looked to have hit the killer blow In the second half, when midfielder Federico Giunti made it 2-1.

But the five-time European champions suffered an astonishing climax to the match as Galatasaray turned the match - and Milan's continental ambitions - upside down.

Spaniards surge on

Valencia secured top spot in Group F with a 1-0 victory over basement side PSV Eindhoven.

Argentina striker Claudio Lopez struck in the 70th minute, flashing in a shot from 25 yards after a free kick had deflected off English referee Graham Barber.

Valencia, who finished the opening stage with an unbeaten record, went through with Bayern Munich, 1-0 conquerors of Rangers.

Seven-time winners Real Madrid charged to the top of Group E as a goal from Frenchman Christian Karembeu secured a 1-0 win at Norway's Molde.

FC Porto lost 1-0 to Olympiakos of Greece but had already qualified from the same group.

Sparta Prague triumphed in Group G after a 5-2 thumping of already-eliminated Spartak Moscow, as Bordeaux lost the leadership on goal difference thanks to a 0-0 draw with down-and-out Dutch club Willem II.

Champions League qualifiers:
Lazio (Ita)
Dynamo Kiev (Ukr)
Barcelona (Spa)
Fiorentina (Ita)
Rosenberg (Nor)
Feyenoord (Ned)
Manchester United (Eng)
Marseille (Fra)
Real Madrid (Spa)
Porto (Por)
Valencia (Spa)
Bayern Munich (Ger)
Sparta Prague (Cze)
Bordeaux (Fra)
Chelsea (Eng)
Hertha Berlin (Ger)

Uefa Cup qualifiers:
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger)
Arsenal (Eng)
Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Sturm Graz (Aut)
Olympiakos (Gre)
Glasgow Rangers (Sco)
Spartak Moscow (Rus)
Galatasaray (Tur)

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