Champions League round-up: Inter slip up but Barca stroll and FC Copenhagen make it through

08 December 2010 12:56
Inter Milan slipped up in dramatic fashion against Werder Bremen on Tuesday night to hand Tottenham Hotspur top spot in Champions League group A.[LNB]A first-half header from Sebastien Prodl combined with a glorious volley from former Inter man Marko Arnautovic and a sharp strike from substitute Claudio Pizarro after the break earned Bremen their first win in the group.[LNB] Breakthrough: Sebastian Proedl (far left) celebrates after putting Werder Bremen in front against Inter[LNB]It could have been even more emphatic for the Germans who hit the post and the bar as they carved open the defending champions in the second half.[LNB]FC Copenhagen stormed into the knockout stage with a 3-1 defeat of Panathinaikos apart at the Parken.[LNB]Great Danes: Jesper Gronkjaer (left) and William Kvist celebrate FC Copenhagen's qualification for the knockout stages[LNB]Martin Vingaard put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute and from then on they were dominant, with a 50th-minute penalty from Jesper Gronkjaer and Djibril Cisse's own goal wrapping up the points, before Cedric Kante netted late on for Pana.[LNB]The result ensured Copenhagen advanced from Group D in second place, though Barcelona's win over Rubin Kazan meant they would have gone through regardless.[LNB]A largely second-string Barca consigned Rubin to a place in the Europa League after securing a 2-0 win at the Nou Camp.[LNB]Andreu Fontas' deflected second-half effort and a late Victor Vazquez strike earned already-qualified Barca their fourth win in Group D.[LNB]Schalke secured top spot in Group B with a 2-1 victory away to hapless Benfica.Having already sealed their passage to the knockout stage thanks to a 3-0 win over Lyon a fortnight ago, goals by Jose Manuel Jurado and Benedikt Howedes, before Luisao's consolation, gave them the win required to qualify as winners.[LNB]Benfica made the Europa League anyway after Hapoel Tel Aviv succumbed to a late Alexandre Lacazette equaliser to draw 2-2 with Lyon.[LNB]After an entertaining but goalless first half Lisandro Lopez and Ben Sahar traded goals within a minute of each other around the hour mark before Eran Zahavi made it 2-1 to the visitors.[LNB]That would have been enough for third place and a parachute into the last 32 of the Europa League, but Lacazette popped up late on.[LNB] Manchester United 1 Valencia 1: Anderson the saviour as leveller ensures Fergie's men top groupFC Twente 3 Tottenham 3: Defoe brace sees Spurs finish in pole position Bursaspor 1 Rangers 1: Late rally denies Walter Smith victory but Gers safe in Europa LeagueMy heart is at Maresille, says Chelsea star Drogba ahead of Champions League return [LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Marko Arnautovic, Claudio Pizarro, Ben Sahar Places: Copenhagen, Lyon, Barcelona

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