In Group A, a Manchester City team featuring several second-choice players went through the motions in a drab 0-0 tie with last-place Paris St. Germain. "We didn't create a great deal," conceded Manchester City manager Mark Hughes. "PSG made it difficult and got a lot of men behind the ball. We weren't able to create anything to unlock the door."
In the group's other game, Dutch side Twente Enschede edged Germany's Schalke 2-1, taking the lead on a goal that Schalke coach Fred Rutten called "clearly offside." He added that his team played "with passion and industry, but we lacked luck. Here you see the ball come back off the post, there you see a clear mistake by the referee." Having played all its four games, third-place Schalke must now rely on Racing Santander and PSG failing to win their last games to progress.
In Group B, Hertha Berlin fell, 1-0, to visiting Galatasaray in front of a lively crowd of over 62,000 (including around 40,000 Galatasaray fans) on a penalty kick from Czech striker Milan Baros. "Up until the goal we dictated the pace and the play," said Galatasaray coach Michael Skibbe. "After it, we were too passive." Hertha's Lucien Favre admitted to his team's "weakness in winning the ball and many technical deficits." In the group's other game, Metalist advanced thanks to a late goal from Brazilian Edmar against Olympiakos. In the group's final round of games, the Greek side will play host to Hertha to decide who takes third spot.
In Group C, Onyewu was among the goals as Standard Liege kept up its perfect record -- three games, nine points, scored five and conceded none -- with an emphatic 3-0 win over Sampdoria. Sevilla is also looking good to progress after beating Partizan by the same scoreline, including two goals from Luis Fabiano, and needs only a point in its final game at Sampdoria.
In Group D, Udinese made sure of qualification by beating Dinamo Zagreb, 2-1, but the other two places are still up for grabs after NEC Nijmegen scored twice in the last six minutes in its 2-1 win at Spartak Moscow. Zagreb is out, but both NEC and Tottenham Hotspur, who did not play Wednesday, can progress with a point in their final games in two weeks.
Manchester City 0 Paris St. Germain 0
FC Twente 2 (Wieleart, Perez) Schalke 1 (Asamoah)
DID NOT PLAY: Racing Santander
Standings:Manchester City (7 points), FC Twente (6), Schalke 04 (4), Racing Santander (2), Paris St. Germain (2),
Hertha Berlin 0 Galatasaray 1 (Baros PK)
Metalist Kharkov 1 (Edmar) Olympiakos 0
DID NOT PLAY: Benfica
Standings:Galatasaray (9 points), Metalist Kharkov (7), Olympiakos (3), Hertha Berlin (2), Benfica (1)
Standard Liege 3 (De Camargo, Onyewu, Jovanovic) Sampdoria 0
Sevilla 3 (Luis Fabiano 2, 1 PK, Renato) Partizan Belgrade 0
DID NOT PLAY: VfB Stuttgart
Standings:Standard Liege (9 points), Sevilla (6), Sampdoria (4), VfB Stuttgart (4), Partizan Belgrade (0)
Udinese 2 (Quagliarella, Obodo) Dinamo Zagreb 1 (Biscan)
Spartak Moscow (Kovalchuk) 1 NEC Nijmegen 2 (van Beukering, Schone)
DID NOT PLAY: Tottenham Hotspur
Standings:Udinese (9 points), Tottenham Hotspur (6), Dinamo Zagreb (3), Spartak Moscow (3), NEC Nijmegen (3)
Portsmouth vs. Wolfsburg
Heerenveen vs. Braga
NOT PLAYING: AC Milan
Standings:AC Milan (7 points), Wolfsburg (6), Braga (3), Portsmouth (1), Heerenveen (0)
Aston Villa vs. MSK Zilina
Slavia Prague vs. Hamburg
NOT PLAYING: Ajax Amsterdam
Standings:Aston Villa (6 points), Ajax (6), Hamburg (3), Slavia Prague (1), MSK Zilina (1)
Valencia vs. Club Brugge
FC Copenhagen vs. Rosenborg Trondheim
NOT PLAYING: St Etienne
Standings:St Etienne (7 points), Valencia (4), Club Brugge (2), FC Copenhagen (1), Rosenborg (1)
AS Nancy vs. CSKA Moscow
Lech Poznan vs. Deportivo La Coruna
NOT PLAYING: Feyenoord
Standings: CSKA Moscow (9 points), Nancy (4), Deportivo La Coruna (3), Lech Poznan (1), Feyenoord (0)
Format:Top three teams from each group qualify for next knockout round, together with the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group phase.