By IAN HOLLIDAY
Tottenham Hotspur went into its final match of the group stage knowing that it needed a win to ensure a first-place finish. Though they played with the sense of urgency that comes from such a situation, taking the lead on three separate occasions against hosts Twente, Spurs were unable to secure the needed result, settling for a 3-3 draw.
The result didn't end up making a difference, however, as Inter Milan limped to a 3-0 defeat at Werder Bremen, handing group A to Tottenham. Playing for nothing but pride, Bremen earned a comprehensive victory over the defending European champs, who looked totally punchless, especially in the second half.
The only other place in the knockout stage to be determined Tuesday was in group D, where Russian club Rubin Kazan needed to defeat Barcelona at Camp Nou and get help in order to avoid dropping to the Europa League for the second season in a row. The club was unable to accomplish this daunting task, falling 2-0 to a less-than-full-strength Barca side. A victory wouldn't have mattered anyway, as FC Copenhagen defeated Panathinaikos 3-1 to secure second place in the group.
In Group C, Manchester United held on to top spot in the group by securing a 1-1 draw with Valencia on Anderson's 62nd minute equalizer. The Red Devils could easily have won the game, generating 19 shots, nine of which were on goal.
Group B went to Schalke, which has been miserable in the Bundesliga this season, but won its fourth Champions League match 2-1 at Benfica Tuesday.
Here is a rundown of all the scores from Tuesday's Champions League matches:
Twente 3, Tottenham 3
Werder Bremen 3, Inter Milan 0
Benfica 1, Schalke 04 2
Lyon 2, Hapoel Tel Aviv 2
Bursaspor 1, Rangers 1
Manchester United 1, Valencia 1
Barcelona 2, Rubin Kazan 0
FC Copenhagen 3, Panathinaikos 1
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