Man U, Arsenal reach 2nd round of Champions League
Manchester United and Arsenal became the first teams to reach the second round of the Champions League on Wednesday.
United overpowered Dynamo Kiev 4-0 at Old Trafford and then advanced because AS Roma tied Sporting Lisbon 2-2 in another Group F game. United scored four goals against Dynamo for the second straight game.
Before a crowd of 75,000, Man United had goals from Gerard Pique in the 31st minute, Carlos Tevez in the 37th, Wayne Rooney in the 76th and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 87th. Rooney has seven goals in eight games.
"It was a perfect result and gets us into the next stage so we must be very pleased with that," United manager Alex Ferguson said.
Arsenal, the 2006 runner-up, needed only a point to advance. It played to a 0-0 tie in Group H at Slavia Prague, the team it routed 7-0 two weeks ago.
Arsenal, even with Manchester United in the Premier League, is guaranteed a spot in the last 16 although the Gunners can be caught for the top spot in its group by Sevilla, which beat Steaua Bucharest 2-0 on two goals by Renato. Arsenal has 10 points from four games, while Sevilla has nine and Slavia four.
"The result is quite positive because we qualified," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who rested six of his regular starters. "The defensive performance was good, the offensive performance was average."
Inter Milan overturned a two-goal deficit to beat CSKA Moscow 4-2, and Fenerbahce of Turkey downed PSV Eindhoven 2-0 in Group G.
FC Barcelona stayed at the top of Group E by defeat Rangers 2-0 with goals by Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi, although the first goal appeared to go in off the France striker's elbow.
"They [Rangers] came here only to defend," Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said. "We did our job. Congratulations to the players. We took a step forward."
Barcelona has a three-point lead over Rangers with French champion Lyon still in contention after beating Stuttgart 4-2, with Hatem Ben Arfa scoring twice. Lyon, which hosts Barcelona in the next round of games Nov. 27, is a point behind Rangers.