FC Barcelona, AS Roma reach last 16
Barcelona beat Werder Bremen by 2-0 on Tuesday in Group A behind Chelsea.india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 12:43 IST
Defending champion FC Barcelona and AS Roma captured places in the second round of the Champions League by winning their final group games.
Ronaldinho's low free kick and Eidur Gudjohnsen's tap-in helped Barcelona beat Werder Bremen by 2-0 on Tuesday to finish second in Group A behind Chelsea, which finished beat Levski Sofia by 2-0.
"The team made a huge effort tonight to get the lead," Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard said.
"We played attractive football. It's not always easy, but we played well, got the result and are into the next round."
Bremen's consolation for finishing third means a place in the UEFA Cup.
Christian Panucci scored the lone goal in Roma's 1-0 win over Valencia, putting the Italian team in second place in Group D behind the Spanish club, which had already qualified.
Shakhtar Donetsk finished third and will play in the UEFA Cup after a 1-1 draw at Olympiakos.
In a meeting of two clubs, which had already qualified from Group B, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan drew 1-1. That means four-time champion Bayern wins the group.
Spartak Moscow won at Sporting Lisbon 3-1 to capture third place after the two teams finished level on points.
Group C winner Liverpool lost at last-place Galatasaray 3-2 despite two goals from Robbie Fowler, while second-place PSV Eindhoven, which also had already qualified, lost to visiting Bordeaux 3-1.
Eight more games are scheduled for Wednesday, and they will determine the last four berths. Manchester United and last season's finalist Arsenal are still not sure of qualifying for the knockout round.
While Barcelona needed a victory to make it to the last 16, Bremen had a two-point advantage going to Camp Nou and needed only a draw. But that all changed when Ronaldinho sent a low free kick under the defensive wall in the 13th minute after he had been fouled just outside the area by Cameroon left back Pierre Wome.
Gudjohnsen added the second five minutes later when Ronaldinho sent Ludovic Giuly clear down the right and the Iceland striker arrived unmarked in the middle to prod the ball home.
Gudjohnsen's former club, Chelsea, made sure of first place in the group by winning comfortably at Stamford Bridge.
Struggling in the Premier League, Shevchenko scored in the 27th minute, taking a through ball from Frank Lampard and deftly flicking it past goalkeeper Bozhidar Mitrev with the outside of his right foot.
It was the Ukraine striker's 57th goal in European club competition, putting him alone in second place on the all-time list behind Gerd Mueller, who has scored 62.
First Published: Dec 06, 2006 12:43 IST