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Madrid advance as duo stake claim

Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.30CET
Real Madrid CF became the first team to qualify for the knockout stage as England's challengers impressed.

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Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.30CET

Madrid advance as duo stake claim

Real Madrid CF became the first team to qualify for the knockout stage as England's challengers impressed.
Real Madrid CF became the first team to qualify for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League on a first night of Matchday 4 action which saw two of England's challengers further strengthen their claims.

Superb move
Europe's most successful club, Madrid, can approach their final two games in Group F in relaxed mood after moving to ten points with a 0-0 draw at FK Partizan. Madrid are out of sight of both Partizan and Olympique de Marseille, who lost 1-0 at FC Porto. The UEFA Cup holders have seven points to Marseille's three after a superb team move resulted in Dmitri Alenichev brilliantly chipping Vedran Runje and Benni McCarthy racing in to see the ball over the goalline.

Two for Van Nistelrooij
Manchester United FC also completed successive victories against Rangers FC by virtue of a 3-0 stroll at Old Trafford. Diego Forlán set United on their way with a wonderful volley in the sixth minute and Ruud van Nistelrooij added the other two goals either side of the break. United have nine points along with VfB Stuttgart after the Bundesliga leaders fought back to beat Panathinaikos FC, who had taken the lead through Michalis Konstantinou. An own goal and strikes from Kevin Kuranyi and Andreas Hinkel saw Stuttgart home.

Stunning Chelsea
Chelsea FC came from behind to defeat S.S. Lazio 2-1 at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, but enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 triumph at the Stadio Olimpico tonight. Their opening goal was made in Argentina with a Juan Sebastián Verón free-kick being beaten into the path of Hernán Crespo who could not miss from close range in the 15th minute. Eidur Gudjohnsen, Damien Duff and Frank Lampard completed the scoring following Sinisa Mihajlovic's dismissal.

Milan on top
Besiktas JK defeated AC Sparta Praha 1-0 in the other Group G fixture to move second behind Chelsea, Ronaldo Guiaro scoring the only goal in the 82nd minute. Group H was not without incident either, as AC Milan lost Paolo Maldini to injury and Alessandro Nesta to a red card but edged out Club Brugge KV 1-0, Kaka exacting revenge for the Matchday 3 defeat in the 86th minute. Milan top the pool from AFC Ajax, who lost 3-2 at RC Celta de Vigo.

Last updated: 05/11/03 12.54CET

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