Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the latest teams to make it through to the second stage of the Champions League.
Arsenal and Dortmund both went through despite the fact that Arsenal suffered their second successive defeat in the competition.
The English side took the lead in the Group A encounter through Thierry Henry’s. However, the German champions clawed their way back into the game through a Tomas Rosicky free-kick that Gilberto deflected into his own net before Rosicky converted a second-half penalty.
Neither side can now be caught by Group A rivals Auxerre and PSV Eindhoven, after PSV’s 3-0 victory. In an ill-tempered match, Auxerre finished up with nine men after the sendings off of Philippe Mexes and Olivier Kapo and were soundly beaten by goals from Arnold Bruggink, Dennis Rommedahl and Arjen Robben.
In Group B, Valencia reached the next stage with an impressive 1-0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield. The Spanish champions went ahead in the first half with a goal from Francisco Rufete and never looked liked surrendering their lead.
The other match in the group between Spartak Moskva and FC Basel has been postponed until next week. If Basel win that match, then the winners of their Matchday Six encounter with Liverpool will join Valencia in the next stage.
In Group C, Roma were surprise 1-0 winners away against Madrid, but the defending champions have still managed to book their place after AEK Athens and Genk drew 1-1 in Greece.
Francesco Totti scored the only goal of the game in the Bernabeu to take Roma level on eight points with the Spanish side.
AEK can still go through but only at the expense of Roma.
Group D has always been the tightest of the eight groups and the picture is no clearer after tonight’s results.
Internazionale have taken top spot after a 3-0 victory against Rosenborg and have been joined on eight points by Ajax, who beat previous group leaders Lyon 2-0 in France.
Inter’s goals were scored by Alvaro Recoba, a Janne Saarinen own goal and Hernan Crespo.
Ajax took an early lead through Steven Pienaar and and completed the scoring in the final minute through Rafael van der Vaart.
Lyon have dropped down to third on seven points but perversely the French champions are in a relatively strong position as they face Rosenborg – now eliminitated from the competition – in their last match, while the group leaders face-off in Amsterdam.