Valencia CF, BV Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal FC and Real Madrid CF are through to the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League despite suffering mixed fortunes tonight.
Arsenal and Dortmund both progress despite the German side beating the Londoners 2-1 at the Westfalenstadion. Arsenal took the lead in the Group A encounter through Thierry Henry's 19th-minute free-kick, but the German champions forced their way back into the tie through a Tomáš Rosický free-kick that Gilberto headed into his own net before Rosický hit the winner with a second-half penalty.
Neither side can now be caught by Group A rivals AJ Auxerre and PSV Eindhoven, after PSV's 3-0 victory at the Philips stadium. Auxerre finished up with nine men after the sendings-off of Philippe Mexes and Olivier Kapo and were beaten by goals from Arnold Bruggink, Dennis Rommedahl and Arjen Robben.
Down to wire
Group D will be decided on Matchday Six. Internazionale have taken top spot with a 3-0 victory against Rosenborg BK and have been joined on eight points by AFC Ajax, who beat Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 in France. Inter struck through Alvaro Recoba, a Janne Saarinen own goal and Hernán Crespo. Ajax had an early Steven Pienaar goal and a late strike from Rafael van der Vaart to thank for their victory.
Lyon have dropped down to third on seven points but will hope to profit from the Inter v Ajax showdown on the final day. Rosenborg BK, on three points currently, will definitely finish last and cannot qualify for the UEFA Cup.
In Group B, Valencia deservedly reached the next stage with an impressive 1-0 victory against Liverpool FC at Anfield. The Spanish champions stole the initiative in the first half with a goal from Francisco Rufete and never looked back. The other match in the group between FC Spartak Moskva and FC Basel has been postponed until next week. If Basel triumph, then the winners of their Matchday Six home match with Liverpool will join Valencia in the next stage.
Madrid limp through
In Group C, Roma were surprise 1-0 winners away against Madrid, but the defending champions have still managed to book their place after AEK Athens FC and KRC Genk drew 1-1 in Greece. Francesco Totti scored the goal that beat Madrid to take Roma level on eight points with the Spanish side. AEK can still go through but only at the expense of Roma, not Madrid. Genk can still pip AEK to the UEFA Cup spot.
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