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Chelsea make last eight. Bayern win again. Last tour will name the other two.
Group C P W D L F-A Pts
Bayern Munich 5 4 1 0 13-6 13 Remaining fixtures:
Real Madrid 5 2 1 2 10-12 7 Wednsday, March 22
Dynamo Kiev 5 2 1 2 8- 8 7 Dynamo Kiev v Bayern
Rosenborg 5 0 1 4 5-10 1 Rosenborg v Real Madrid
Group D P W D L F-A Pts
Chelsea 5 3 1 1 7-3 10
Lazio 5 2 2 1 8-3 8 Wednesday, March 22
Feyenoord 5 2 1 2 7-7 7 Olympique v Feyenoord
Olympique Marseille 5 1 0 4 2-11 3 Chelsea v Lazio
Chelsea became the third club to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday when they scored a decisive 3-1 win over Feyenoord in Rotterdam. Chelsea, who are now guaranteed a top-two place in Group D, joined Barcelona and last year's losing finalists Bayern Munich in the last eight of the competition. They both qualified for the quarter-finals last week. The win lifted Chelsea to 10 points while Lazio (8 points) leap-frogged into second place above Feyenoord (7) after their 5-1 win over Olympique Marseille (3) in Rome. Four of Lazio's five goals came from Simone Inzaghi and he also missed a penalty. The day before the game Inzaghi was not even sure if he will be on a starting line-up, meanwhile he admitted that he was ready for a big game. Alen Boksic (82) scored Lazio's fifth against one of his former clubs while Jerome Leroy (50) scored Marseille's consolation.
In Group C, Bayern Munich wrapped up first place with a 2-1 home win over Rosenborg Trondheim who will finish in last place. There was a lot at stake at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid where Real were held to a 2-2 draw by Dynamo Kiev. Raul (13pen) and Roberto Carlos (71) scored for Real while Alexander Khatskevich (42) and an own goal by Fernando Hierro (56) gave Dynamo a share of the points. Both sides also missed penalties during a hectic 12-minute first half spell in which French referee Alain Sars awarded three spot kicks. Raul scored his penalty for Real after 13 minutes with Serhiy Rebrov missing from the spot a minute later. Raul then shot straight at Dynamo goalkeeper Olexander Shovkovsky after 25 minutes. That result leaves qualification for both Real, champions seven times, and Dynamo in the balance. Bayern are clear on 13, followed by Real and Dynamo on seven and Rosenborg on one. Dynamo are at home to Bayern Munich in the final group match next Wednesday, while Real travel to Rosenborg. If Real win they will qualify for the quarter-finals no matter what Dynamo do because Real have a better head-to-head record against the Ukrainians. They won their away match in Kiev 2-1.
Chelsea's Italian coach Giancluca Vialli, a former European Cup winner with Juventus, said he was delighted his club had achieved their best showing in Europe's top competition.
"It is fantastic for the club, and especially for the players who have worked so hard for this. Sometimes they get unfairly criticised, but they deserved to win tonight.
"Even if we do not go any further in the competition, we can already be proud of what we have achieved this season."
Vialli revealed he had considered taking skipper Dennis Wise off after he made a poor start to the second half. But he changed his mind and Wise stayed on to head Chelsea 2-1 up after 64 minutes. He had a major influence on the match as Chelsea stretched their lead with a third from Tore Andre Flo five minutes later.
Gianfranco Zola (39) had put Chelsea ahead with an 18-metre volley that flew in off a post, while substitute Bonaventure Kalou squeezed the ball past former Feyenoord keeper Ed De Goey for his team's only goal after 59 minutes. Despite their defeat Feyenoord are not yet out of the competition as they can still finish second if they beat Marseille next week and Chelsea defeat Lazio. Mehmet Scholl (11) and Paulo Sergio (39pen) scored for Bayern while John Carew -- a target for a number of top clubs -- scored for Rosenborg after 64 minutes.
It was not one of Bayern's most memorable performances but coach Otto Hitzfeld was pleased enough.
"We were very focused in the first half and played really well, but then in the second half we lost our concentration and after it became 2-1 we were a bit nervous. We shouldn't have conceded that goal."
It was a miserable night for Rosenborg who had Bjorn Otto Bragstad sent off in the last minute.
Four more matches are scheduled for Wednesday with Porto meeting Sparta Prague and Barcelona playing Hertha Berlin in Group A, while in Group B Bordeaux face Valencia and European champions Manchester United play Fiorentina.
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