Real, Man Utd, Juventus reach Champions League
Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus
booked their Champions League places as Europe's elite teams safely
negotiated the third qualifying round for the continent's leading club
competition on Wednesday.
PSV Eindhoven, Bayer Leverkusen, Sparta Prague, CSKA Moscow, and Dinamo
Kiev were also among sides to progress, with former European champions
Red Star Belgrade and Scotland's Rangers the highest profile losers.
Juventus, held 2-2 at home by Djurgarden in the first leg, secured a 4-1
victory in Sweden.
Italy playmaker Alessandro del Piero put the 2003 Champions League
runners-up ahead with a sweet 10th-minute volley but Djurgarden
continued to cause problems and equalised through midfielder Johan
France striker Trezeguet restored the Italian team's lead on 34 minutes
and Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved's goal following a Del Piero free kick
soon after halftime settled the tie before Trezeguet struck again four
minutes from time.
Brazil striker Ronaldo scored two early goals to lead Real Madrid,
seeking their 10th European Cup, to a 3-1 win over Wisla Krakow of
Poland which sealed a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Ronaldo bundled in a Luis Figo cross at the far post before poking home
following good work by fullback Michel Salgado just past the half hour.
Francisco Pavon's powerful header five minutes from time settled the tie
before midfielder Damian Gorawski netted a consolation for the Polish
Manchester United defeated Dinamo Bucharest 3-0 at Old Trafford to
advance 5-1 on aggregate.
England forward Alan Smith produced two clinical close-range finishes
soon after halftime to set up a comfortable win for the injury-hit
English team who have twice lifted the European Cup. "I was happy to get
that one out of the road," United manager Alex Ferguson told reporters.
"The first goal was the key to it. After that they relaxed and enjoyed
themselves and played very well."
Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel claimed two goals to inspire PSV
Eindhoven to a 5-0 rout of 1991 European champions Red Star Belgrade and
a 7-3 aggregate win.
Bayer Leverkusen, 2002 Champions League runners-up, lost 2-1 at Banik
Ostrava but advanced comfortably following their 5-0 victory two weeks
ago in Germany.
Ukrainian clubs Dinamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk both progressed. Kiev
beat Trabzonspor 2-0 in Turkey to advance 3-2 on aggregate, while
Shakhtar drew 2-2 with Club Bruges to seal a 6-3 overall victory.
Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv eased through 4-0 on aggregate with a 1-0 home
win over Greek side PAOK Salonika, and Sparta Prague beat Hungary's
Ferencvaros 2-0 to advance 2-1 on aggregate.
Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw in Glasgow by CSKA Moscow, Vagner Love's
62nd-minute goal putting the Russian champions through 3-2 on aggregate.
Inter Milan, Monaco, Liverpool, Deportivo Coruna, Rosenborg Trondheim
and Anderlecht reached the group phase on Tuesday.
The 16 third qualifying round winners join the 16 teams who qualified
automatically for the Champions League in Thursday's draw.