Chelsea upset; Real, Lyon win

London, November 2:

Real Madrid and Lyon reached the knockout stage of the Champions League with victories on Tuesday.

Playing in Group F, Lyon won at Olympiakos 4-1. Nine-time winner Real Madrid won 2-0 at Rosenborg, improving to nine points. Rosenborg and Olympiakos were eliminated from reaching the next stage.

Real Betis pulled off a shock, upsetting English champions Chelsea 1-0. Thoroughly beaten 4-0 at Chelsea two weeks ago, Betis notched the victory on Dani Martin’s goal in the 28th minute at Seville’s Manuel Ruiz de Lopera Stadium.

In the other Group G game, defending champion Liverpool beat Anderlecht 3-0 on goals from Fernando Morientes, Luis Garcia and Djibril Cisse.

Liverpool improved to 10 points to lead the group. Chelsea stayed on seven points with Betis moving up to six. Had Chelsea won, both Liverpool and the Blues would have reached the knockout stage.

Two games remain in the group stage. The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the knockout round of 16. Also on Tuesday, it was: PSV Eindhoven 1, AC Milan 0, and Schalke 2, Fenerbahce 0 in Group E; Artmedia Bratislava 2, Rangers 2, and Inter Milan 2, FC Porto 1 in Group H.

Lyon is the only team to win all four of its game. John Carew scored two with Nuninho and Mahamadou Diarra scoring the others for Lyon.

Real Madrid went ahead 1-0 on an own-goal by Mikael Dorsin in the 26th, with Guti making it 2-0 in the 41st. Martin was the hero in Seville, scoring just three minutes after replacing fellow striker Ricardo Oliveira. He took a pass from Jesus Capitan, beat Chelsea defender William Gallas and then scored behind goalkeeper Petr Cech.

In Group E, PSV took the lead over AC Milan on Jefferson Foran’s early goal. PSV moved up to seven points and Milan stayed on five. Schalke also moved up to five points, beating Fenerbahce 2-0 on Kevin Kuranyi’s goal in the 32nd, and an injury-time clincher by Ebbe Sand. Fenerbahce stayed on four points.

In Group H, Inter Milan neared the second stage with a 2-1 win over Porto. Inter leads the group with nine points. Julio Ricardo Cruz scored twice to rally Inter to the win after Hugo Almeida gave Porto a lead in the 16th. Porto has three points. Rangers drew 2-2 at Artmedia Bratislava with both improving to five points. Dado Prso and Steven Thompson scored for Rangers. Balazs Borbely and Jan Kozak answered for Artmedia.