Champions League, day 6

Real Sociedad 1 - Galatasaray 1

All four Spanish teams made it through to the last 16 of the competition, but it was a real struggle for Real Sociedad and Deportivo, and both were temporarily out of the tournament half way through their respective matches. Real Sociedad only needed a home draw against Galatasay to take second spot in their group, but missing the injured Westerveld and Kovacevic, they found themselves behind when Hakan Sukur clipped the ball past Alberto midway through the first half. It was the Turkish sides first and only shot at goal in the first forty-five minutes, but the Basques could find no way past Mondragon despite several attempts. De Paula finally got the equaliser though after a Xabi Alonso free kick six minutes in to the second half, and Denoueix made three defensive substitutions after that to defend the result. (10.12.03)

PSV Eindhoven 3 - Deportivo La Coruña 2

Deportivo went to PSV Eindhoven knowing that they could afford to lose by a single a goal and still qualify, but they were surprised by their opponents and for ten minutes in the second half they were out of it. The Galicians started well, but De Jong put the Dutch side in front on the quarter hour mark, and Robben scored a second just after the restart to take them above Depor in the table. But Irureta brought on Luque, and the young striker scored the vital away goal with a long shot following a set piece free kick within two minutes of coming on. A second substitute Pandiani got on the end of Luque's cross to take the Spaniards safely home near the end, and De Jong's injury time winner was not enough to change the head-to-head standings. (10.12.03)

AC Milan 1 - Celta Vigo 2

Celta Vigo made it through to the last 16 against all odds after winning 1-2 against AC Milan in the San Siro stadium. With seven players already in Tokyo for next weekend's Toyota cup, the Italians put out a weakened side. However Serginho hit the bar from a free kick as they controlled the first half, and Kaká gave them the lead five minutes before the break after receiving a return pass from Redondo. Two minutes later though Jesuli levelled the scores, and with the Galicians piling on the pressure in the second half, José Ignacio beat Abbiati for the winning goal. Ajax's defeat at Brugge meant that Celta finished second, taking the pressure off manager Miguel Angel Lotina. (09.12.03)

Real Madrid 1 - Porto 1

Real Madrid achieved their objective of finishing top of their group despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Porto. With the side already qualified for the next round, Carlos Queiroz used the occasion to rest Casillas, Raúl, Helguera and Beckham and give a run out to some of his reserve players. Even so they took the lead in the ninth minute when Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo combined to leave Solari free to score. Heavy rain made conditions difficult though, and Salgado gave away a penalty close to half time when he aqua-planed into Deco, Derlei converting the kick. But with little else to play for, both sides settled for a draw in a quiet second half. Madrid ended the group stage as the only unbeaten side in the competition. (09.12.03)

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