Champions League Rewind: Barcelona, Inter advance

Champions League Rewind: Barcelona, Inter advance

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Champions League Rewind: Barcelona, Inter advance


BalotelliM (Reuters)

Barcelona and Inter Milan stood on the brink of both being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, but they both showed why they are champions, delivering vital victories on the final matchday of the group stage to reach the Round of 16.

Barcelona overcame an early 1-0 deficit to beat Dinamo Kiev, 2-1, with Xavi and Lionel Messi delivering the goals. Messi's winner was especially stunning, a curling free kick that sealed the three points.

Inter Milan did its part, downing Rubin Kazan, 2-0, to punch its ticket to the knockout round. Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring before Mario Balotelli hit the goal of the day with a long-range free kick blast.

Here is a rundown of Thursday's UEFA Champions League action (Round of 16 qualifiers in bold), as well as all 16 teams that reached the second round:

Liverpool 1, Fiorentina 2

Lyon 4, Debrecen 0

Dynamo Kiev 1, Barcelona 2

Inter Milan 2, Rubin Kazan 0

Sevilla 1, Rangers 0

VfB Stuttgart 3, Unirea Urziceni 1

Olympiakos 1, Arsenal 0

Standard Liege 1, AZ Alkmaar 1


Here are the Round of 16 qualifiers:

GROUP WINNERS: Bordeaux, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Barcelona, Sevilla, Arsenal

GROUP RUNNERS-UP: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, AC Milan, FC Porto, Lyon, Inter Milan, VfB Stuttgart, Olympiakos


What did you think of Wednesday's matches? Still think Barcelona is the favorite to repeat as champion? Which match-up are you hoping to see drawn in the Round of 16?

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