Champions League Sweet 16 Teams Finalized
The Associated Press -Real Madrid Bayer Leverkusen Liverpool and AS Monaco advanced to the second round of the European Champions League on Wednesday night completing the 16-team field.
Playing in front of 82000 empty seats in Rome's Olympic Stadium Real Madrid beat AS Roma 3-0 on two goals by Luis Figo and one by Ronaldo. The Union of European Football Associations ordered the Italian team to play without fans after referee Anders Frisk was struck by an object thrown from the stands in a game on Sept. 15.
"It was a horrible atmosphere to play in Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham said. "I wouldn't like to play in it again. You could hear some of things that the players are shouting on the bench to you."
Bayer Leverkusen the team U.S. forward Landon Donovan will join next month advanced with a 3-0 win over visiting Dynamo Kiev. Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid each went 3-1-2 to advance from Group B.
In Group A Liverpool (3-2-1) rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat visiting Olympiakos Piraeus 3-1. Liverpool which got goals from Florent Sinama-Pongolle Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard joined Arsenal Chelsea and Manchester United to give England four teams in the second round for the first time.
"At halftime I did think it was a mountain to climb but we climbed it Gerrard said.
AS Monaco (4-2) finished atop Group A with a 5-0 win at Deportivo de La Coruna.
The other teams in the second round are AC Milan Internazionale of Milan and Juventus of Turin (Italy); Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen (Germany); Lyon (France); Barcelona (Spain); PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands); and FC Porto (Portugal).
The draw for the start of the knockout phase is Dec. 17.