27 Nov 2008

Atletico and Liverpool through in Champions League

11:05 am on 27 November 2008

Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have cruised into the Champions League second round while 10-man Chelsea, Inter Milan and minnows Anorthosis Famagusta must wait.

Steven Gerrard's goal shot Liverpool through in a 1-0 home victory over Marseille while Atletico beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 to complete 12-pieces of the 16-team knockout stage jigsaw.

Anorthosis threw away a 2-0 lead at home in Cyprus to Werder Bremen, drawing 2-2, whikle Panathinaikos shocked Inter Milan 1-0 in Italy.

Group A is also wide open after Chelsea drew 1-1 at Bordeaux with Frank Lampard suspended for their final match at home to Romanians Cluj after a second yellow card.

Roma won 3-1 at Cluj and host Bordeaux in their final match in a fortnight.

Barcelona topped Group C with a 5-2 victory at Sporting Lisbon as Spain got a Grand Slam of all four clubs -- Real Madrid and Villarreal are the others -- through to the next phase.