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Wednesday's Champions League review - Barcelona qualify

Xavi celebrates scoring for Barcelona
Xavi celebrates his equaliser for Barca at Dynamo Kiev

Holders Barcelona and Inter Milan both survived the group of death to reach the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

BBC Sport rounds up all the action from across Europe following the final round of group games.

GROUP E

Qualification had already been decided in Group E, so it was only left to Lyon and Fiorentina to decide who would finish top.

Lyon did all they could with a 4-0 thumping of Hungarian side Debrecen - Bafetimbi Gomis, Michel Bastos, Miralem Pjanic and Aly Cissokho grabbing the goals for the French side.

But Fiorentina came from a goal down to beat Liverpool at Anfield, after Yossi Benayoun had glanced home a Steven Gerrard free-kick.

Martin Jorgensen fired the Italian side level after the break before, deep into stoppage time, Alberto Gilardino converted Juan Vargas's cross to earn Fiorentina spot in the group.

GROUP F

Barcelona finished top of the group despite going behind very early on in freezing conditions at Dynamo Kiev.

The reigning champions went 1-0 down when Victor Valdes failed to hold on to Artem Milevskiy's second minute free-kick and the ball bobbled into the net.

But Eric Abidal crossed for Xavi to equalise before the break and Lionel Messi curled home an exquisite free-kick towards the end to earn Pep Guardiola's side at 2-1 victory.

Inter Milan joined Barca in the first knockout stage after a routine 2-0 home victory over Russian champions Rubin Kazan at the San Siro.

Samuel Eto'o bagged his first Champions League goal for Inter, before Mario Balotelli's spectacular long-range free-kick sealed the win.

GROUP G

Spanish side Sevilla wrapped up top spot by beating Rangers at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

They won courtesy of an early Fredi Kanoute penalty, although they dominated throughout.

Stuttgart needed to beat Unirea Urziceni to ensure their progress and they made an astonishing start at the VfB Arena.

The Germans, under new coach Christian Gross, took the quickest 3-0 lead in Champions League history as goals from Ciprian Marica, Christian Traesch and Pavel Pogrebnyak finished the Romanians off with only 11 minutes gone.

Dan Petrescu's side managed a second-half consolation through Antonio Semedo, but they must settle for a Europa League place.

GROUP H

Arsenal already knew they would finish top of the group and they sent out the youngest team in Champions League history away at Olympiakos.

Arsene Wenger's side had plenty of chances, but they lost 1-0 in Greece thanks to Leonardo's well-taken second-half goal.

There was a hammer blow late on in the group's other game, as Standard Liege and AZ Alkmaar met at the Maurice Dufrasne stadium.

AZ took a first-half lead through Jeremain Lens, but Sinan Bolat struck five minutes into stoppage time to earn Standard a place in the Europa League at the Dutch side's expense and become the first goalkeeper to score in the Champions League from open play.



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see also
Wednesday football as it happened
09 Dec 09 |  Football
Champions League photos
09 Dec 09 |  Football
Tuesday's Champions League review
08 Dec 09 |  Europe


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