Spurs recorded a historic qualification to the knock-out stage with a thrilling 3-3 draw with FC Twente, who finished third for the Europa League. Inter Milan gave Spurs top spot as they were defeated by Werder Bremen 3-0 away from home in a terrible performance.
FC Schalke secured top spot in their Group, beating Benfica 2-1 even though they were already assured of a place in the knockout stages. Lyon’s 2-2 draw with Hapoel Tel Aviv meant they had to settle for second, while the Israeli side will be ruing conceding an 89th minute equaliser as it meant they missed out on a place in the Europa League to Benfica.
Man Utd took out top spot in their group as they drew to Valencia 1-1. Anderson scored a rare goal in a game Man Utd could have won, but a draw was enough to see them top the table. Rangers and Bursaspor played out a meanigless 1-1 draw as the Scottish side were already assured of third spot and a place in the Europa League.
Rubin Kazan’s dream of reaching the knock-out stages of the Champions League were ruined by a second-string Barcelona team who defeated them 2-0. Though a win wouldn’t have been enough as Copenhagen beat Panathinaikos 3-1 to take out second spot. Copenhagen became the first Danish side to make the knockout stage of the Champions League and could prove to be the Dark Horse of the competition.
Bayern Munich took out first in Group E with a 3-0 thrashing of FC Basel, who grabbed third place and a Europa League spot. Roma joined Bayern in the knockout stages after a 1-1 draw against CFR Cluj-Napoca.
Chelsea missed out on a perfect Group Stage campaign with a 1-0 loss to Marseille, who although guaranteed of second place, will be ecstatic with their victory. Spartak Moscow saw off MSK Zilina 3-0 with their place in the Europa League already certain. Zilina was one of only two teams not to register a point in the Group Stages.
Real Madrid finished their Group campaign off in style, thrashing Auxerre 4-0 with an inexperienced side. Benzema grabbed a hat-trick for the Spanish side. AC Milan were already certain to finish in second yet their 2-0 loss to Ajax will not have been taken lightly. Ajax made sure they qualified for a place in the Europa League despite the loss of manager Martin Jol.
Shakhtar Donetsk took out first place with two late goals securing a 2-0 win against Braga, who were also in a battle for a last-16 spot. Arsenal had to settle for second and will face a tough draw even though they saw off Partizan Belgrade 3-1, who finished the group with zero points.
Pot One: – Tottenham, Schalke, Man Utd, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid,Shaktar Donetsk
Pot Two: -Inter, Lyon, Valencia, Copenhagen, Roma, Marseille, AC Milan, Arsenal
So teams cannot be drawn against someone from their group or from their own country. It will be drawn on the 17th December.