Liverpool face early exit

Liverpool face early exit

Inter score over Kiev, Barcelona held by Kazan

The Italian champions scored twice in the last five minutes to beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 away and claim their first win in nine European matches.
Lyon's point was enough to send them into the last 16 along with Sevilla, who were held 1-1 at home by VfB Stuttgart, as the duo joined Manchester United, Chelsea, Girondins Bordeaux and Porto in the knockout stages.

European champions Barcelona, beaten 2-1 at home by Rubin Kazan two weeks ago, were held to a goalless draw away to the Russians in freezing conditions, leaving them in an uncomfortable position in their group.
Arsenal, inspired by two goals from Cesc Fabregas, thrashed AZ Alkmaar 4-1 and virtually ensured their place after becoming the only Premiership side to manage a win this week.

Troubled times
Five-times champions Liverpool travelled to Lyon having lost six of their last seven games in all competitions, including a 2-1 loss to Lyon at Anfield, and were again missing injured captain Steven Gerrard.
They looked to have done enough when Ryan Babel fired them ahead with an eye-catching strike from 25 metres in the 83rd minute.
But former Racing Club and Porto forward Lopez slotted home the equaliser in the last minute despite nearly being dispossessed by a team mate in the run-up to the goal.

Liverpool, third in Group E with four points, dropped five behind Italy's Fiorentina, who thrashed pointless Hungarian debutants Debrecen 5-2.
Shevchenko scores
Serie A leaders Inter finally brought their winning domestic touch to Europe. Andriy Shevchenko opened the scoring for the hosts in the 21st minute with a deflected goal.

Results: Group E: Olympique Lyon 1 (Lisandro 90th) drew Liverpool 1 (Babel 83rd); Fiorentina 5 (Mutu 14th, Dainelli 52nd, Montolivo 59th, Marchionni 61st, Gilardino 74th) bt Debrecen 2 (Rudolf 38th, Coulibaly 70th). Group F: Rubin Kazan 0 drew Barcelona 0; Dynamo Kiev 1 (Shevchenko 21st) lt to Inter Milan 2 (Milito 86th, Sneijder 89th). Group G: Unirea Urziceni 1(Onofras 88th) drew Rangers 1 (Mcculloch 79th); Sevilla 1 (Navas 14th) drew VfB Stuttgart 1 (Kuzmanovic 79th). Group H: Standard Liege 2 (Mbokani 30th, Jovanovic 88th) bt Olympiakos Piraeus 0; Arsenal 4 (Fabregas 26th, 52nd, Nasri 44th, Diaby 72nd) bt AZ Alkmaar 1 (Lens 72nd).