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Reds out as Basel make history

Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 16.24CET
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Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 16.24CET

Reds out as Basel make history

FC Basel and AFC Ajax both progressed to the second group stage on a dramatic evening.

FC Basel became the first Swiss side to reach the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League after a dramatic 3-3 draw in their final Group B match against Liverpool FC.

Nervous finale
But Basel nerves were shredded by the final whistle as Liverpool fought back from three goals behind as they chased the win they needed to qualify. Julio Hernán Rossi, Christian Giménez and Thimothée Atouba scored Basel's goals before the break but Liverpool replied through Danny Murphy, Vladimír Šmicer and Michael Owen.

Valencia win again
Basel finished with nine points and Liverpool eight - meaning UEFA Cup football for the Merseysiders, winners of that trophy in 2001. Group B winners Valencia, meanwhile, finished with 16 points out of a possible 18 after Juan Sánchez (2) and Fábio Aurélio secured their fifth win of the competition, 3-0 against FC Spartak Moskva.
Madrid top group
Real Madrid CF and AS Roma took first and second place in Group C after both were held on Matchday Six. Wesley Sonck's late goal denied Madrid all three points in a 1-1 draw at KRC Genk, after Tote had given them an interval lead.

AEK unbeaten
But Roma - who finished level on nine points with the reigning European champions - were unable to capitalise as Walter Centeno's last-minute goal cancelled out Marco Delvecchio's 40th-minute header to ensure a 1-1 draw in Rome. Centeno's goal also meant AEK finished unbeaten with six draws - enough to earn them third place and UEFA Cup football.

Success for Inter
Internazionale FC finished top of Group D after a 2-1 win at AFC Ajax, but Olympique Lyonnais' 1-1 draw with Rosenborg BK meant the Dutch champions still went through in second place. Hernán Crespo struck twice in the space of two second-half minutes for Inter at the Amsterdam ArenA, with Rafael van der Vaart scoring a late consolation for Ronald Koeman's side.

Consolation for Lyon
The only consolation for French champions Lyon is a place in the UEFA Cup after their failure to beat Rosenborg. Harald Brattbakk gave the Norwegians the lead in coach Nils Arne Eggen's final European match in charge, but Sidney Govou equalised six minutes from time. 

Dortmund overtaken
Arsenal FC overtook BV Borussia Dortmund to finish top of Group A, as AJ Auxerre beat the German champions to secure third place and a UEFA Cup berth. Benjani Mwaruwari scored Auxerre's winning goal in their 1-0 home success against Dortmund, while Arsenal - reduced to ten men after Kolo Touré's first-half dismissal - drew 0-0 with PSV Eindhoven at Highbury.

Goal difference
Arsenal and Dortmund finished level on ten points but the English champions had a superior goal difference in the sides' head-to-head meetings. Auxerre finished with six points and PSV five.  

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