Celtic reached the final 16 in the UEFA Champions League when it upset Manchester United, 1-0, Tuesday to clinch first or second place in Group F.
The Scottish club came out ahead in a
thrilling ending at Celtic Park. Japanese Shunsuke Nakamura
scored with a free kick eight minutes from time, then Celtic's 26-year-old Polish international
goalkeeper, Artur Boruc,
saved Louis Saha
's weakly taken penalty in the 90th minute.
United now must get a
point at home against Benfica in its final game on Dec. 6 to advance. Last year, it lost at Benfica in its final group game and failed to reach the knockout phase.
Arsenal also goes into
its final game on Dec. 6 without having assured itself of a berth in the final 16. The Gunners beat Hamburg, 3-1, to move into a first-place tie with Porto, two points ahead of CSKA Moscow. They
will have to play at Oporto without star Thierry Henry,
who was carded against Hamburg and now faces a one-game ban for his third caution of the
AC Milan lost, 1-0, at AEK Athens but clinched a berth in the next round when Lille and Anderlecht tied, 2-2, in France. Julio Cesar
goal from a free kick after 32 minutes gave AEK its second straight win after establishing an unenviable record of 21 games without a victory in the competition.
Goalie Gregory Coupet
saved a penalty by Ruud van Nistelrooy
in the 89th minute to preserve Lyon's 2-2 tie with Real Madrid and
clinch first place in Group E ahead of Real Madrid. SCOREBOARD Group E Real Madrid 2
(Diarra 39, van Nistelrooy 83) Lyon 2
(Carew 11, Malouda 31). Steaua Bucharest 1
(Dica 69) Dynamo Kiev 1
(Cernat 29). Group F
(Leo 14, Miccoli 16, 37) FC Copenhagen 1
(Allbaeck 89). Celtic
(Nakamura 81) Man. Utd. 0. Group G Arsenal 3
(van Persie 52, Eboue 83, Baptista 88) Hamburg 1
(van der Vaart 4). CSKA Moscow 0 Porto 2
(Quaresma 2, Gonzalez 61). Group H AEK Athens 1
(Julio Cesar 32) AC Milan 0
. Lille 2
(Odemwingie 28, Fauvergue 47) Anderlecht 2
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