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Man Utd lead rush into knock-out phase

November 26, 2008 08:12 IST

Holders Manchester United advanced to the knockout phase as all eight qualifiers from the first four Champions League groups were decided with a round to spare on Tuesday.

United progressed with a goalless draw at Villarreal, the fourth in a row between the two clubs, which was also enough to send the Spaniards through from Group E.

Tuesday night's results
  Arsenal 1 - 0  Dynamo Kiev
  Villarreal CF 0 - 0  Man Utd
  AaB 2 - 1  Celtic
  BATE 0 - 1  Real Madrid
  Bayern 3 - 0  S Bucharest
  Fenerbahçe 1 - 2  FC Porto
  Fiorentina 1 - 2  Lyon
  Zenit 0 - 0  Juventus

Group F was also decided as Bayern Munich beat Steaua Bucharest 3-0 with two goals from Miroslav Klose and Olympique Lyon edged to a 2-1 win at Fiorentina to go through.

A seventh-minute goal by Raul was enough to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Bate Borisov to send the nine-time champions through from Group H alongside Juventus, who had already qualified and who drew 0-0 at Zenit St Petersburg.

Arsenal left it late at the Emirates as an 87th-minute goal by Nicklas Bendtner secured the 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev that sent the Londoners through from Group G along with Porto after they won 2-1 at Fenerbahce with two goals from Lisandro.

Barcelona and Sporting had already qualified, leaving six slots up for grabs from the remaining groups.

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