Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Real Madrid make final 16 Celtic, AC Milan reach second round
LONDON: Celtic and AC Milan reached the second round of the Champions League on Tuesday, joining six other clubs which have already qualified.
Bayern Munich, Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Lyon and Real Madrid had already gained berths in the final 16 of Europe's top club tournament.
Celtic reached the knockout round for the first time, beating Manchester United 1-0 on a curling freekick in the 81st minute from Japan winger Shunsuke Nakamura.
Louis Saha had a chance to equalise for United in the 90th minute, but Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc made the save diving to his right. United needed only a draw to reach the second round from Group F.
With the victory, Celtic matched United atop the group with nine points. Benfica, which beat FC Copenhagen 3-1, has seven points.
Because Celtic has a better away goal record in its two games against United, it will advance as one of the top two teams in the group.
United faces Benfica in the final group game on December 6. United will advance with a draw at Old Trafford, and Benfica will go through if it wins. Celtic plays against FC Copenhagen the same night.
In the other Group F game, Benfica hammered Copenhagen 3-1. Fabrizio Miccoli scored twice in the first half and defender Leo added another.
Six-time champion AC Milan lost 1-0 to AEK Athens, but is still guaranteed one of the two spots from Group H. Julio Cesar scored on a 32nd-minute free-kick to give AEK the victory.
AC Milan leads with 10 points, followed by AEK with seven, Lille with six and Anderlecht with three.
Lyon draws with Real
Lyon and Real Madrid, which had already qualified, drew 2-2. The draw guaranteed that Lyon would finish first in Group E and, in theory, draw a weaker team for the knock-out stage.
Lyon went ahead 2-0 on goals in the first 32 minutes from John Carew and Florent Malouda. Mahamadou Diarra and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored for Madrid.
Van Nistelrooy, who also missed a late penalty for Madrid, equalised in the 83rd minute.
The results (first round): Group E: Real Madrid drew with Lyon 2-2; Steaua Bucharest drew with Dynamo Kiev 1-1; Group F: Benfica bt FC Copenhagen 3-1; Celtic bt Manchester United 1-0; Group G: Arsenal bt Hamburg 3-1; CSKA Moscow lost to FC Porto 0-2; Group H: AEK Athens bt AC Milan 1-0; Lille drew with Anderlecht 2-2. AP