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2009-12-17 @ 10:09:08
2009-12-10 @ 09:07:14
Barcelona finished top of the group despite going behind very early on in freezing conditions at Dynamo Kiev.

The reigning champions went 1-0 down when Victor Valdes failed to hold on to Artem Milevskiy's second minute free-kick and the ball bobbled into the net.

But Eric Abidal crossed for Xavi to equalise before the break and Lionel Messi curled home an exquisite free-kick towards the end to earn Pep Guardiola's side at 2-1 victory.

Inter Milan joined Barca in the first knockout stage after a routine 2-0 home victory over Russian champions Rubin Kazan at the San Siro.

Samuel Eto'o bagged his first Champions League goal for Inter, before Mario Balotelli's spectacular long-range free-kick sealed the win.
2009-12-10 @ 09:06:51
CSKA Moscow will not be thrown out of the Champions League despite two of their players testing positive for a banned substance, Uefa has confirmed.

Sergei Ignashevich and Aleksei Berezutsky were suspended on Tuesday for failing doping tests on 3 November.

But the detected substance in question is on a list of "non-specified" stimulants so Uefa will not be invoking disqualification penalties.

CSKA beat Besiktas 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 ahead of Wolfsburg.

The two international defenders failed their tests after the 3-3 draw at Manchester United last month, resulting in their suspension for the victory in Turkey which sealed second spot in Group B behind United and a place in the first knockout round of the Champions League.

Part of Article 12 of European football's governing body disciplinary regulations states: "If more than one player from the same team is charged with a doping offence in relation to a prohibited substance or methods, the team in question may be disqualified from the competition in progress and/or future competitions.''

This prompted speculation that CSKA could be expelled from the Champions League, but a spokesman for Europe's football governing body told the Press Association: "In this case it is a specified substance so disqualification of the team does not apply, it is more the sanction of the players themselves."

Both Berezutsky and Ignashevich's A samples revealed the presence of a prohibited substance under the category 'S6 stimulants' from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list 2009.

CSKA has defended its players, claiming they were given a cold remedy while battling colds on international duty and the club's medical staff had failed to include the medication on a list given to Uefa staff before the game against United at Old Trafford.

The club highlighted that the substance in question was not on Uefa's banned list, saying in a statement: "The problem is that during the doping control procedures a clerical error was made by employees within our medical staff.
2009-12-10 @ 09:06:23
Rangers finished a dismal Champions League campaign with defeat in a one-sided game against Sevilla.

Following an early onslaught, all the Spanish side had to show for their efforts was an eighth-minute penalty from Frederic Kanoute.

Sevilla continued to dominate and Didier Zokora struck the post with a fierce, curling strike.

Rangers threatened an unlikely comeback late on, with shots from Nacho Novo and Lee McCulloch going close.

The defeat in Spain means Rangers finish the Group G campaign on just two points, the lowest ever yield from a Scottish team in the competition.

The visitors knew before kick off that they could not even progress to the Europa League and elected for a damage limitation exercise, following three bruising home defeats.

Walter Smith packed his players behind the ball and home keeper Anders Palop was a virtual spectator until the closing minutes.

Sevilla were without star striker Luis Fabiano and several other first team regulars but the home side looked far from under strength in the early stages.

It needed a terrific goal-line clearance from Sasa Papac to deny Kanoute in the third minute after the Mali striker had neatly controlled a long, high ball and prodded it beyond Allan McGregor.

Rangers then survived a strong penalty claim when a close-range Kanoute shot was blocked by the arm of Steven Davis.
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