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Atletico Madrid shrugged off the absence of any supporters at their Vicente Calderon stadium with a 2-1 win against PSV Eindhoven to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

In Tuesday night's penultimate round of qualifying matches, Atletico's victory took them through alongside Liverpool from Group D - and those two clubs will face each other next month to decide who finishes top.

Early goals from Simao Sabrosa and Maxi Rodriguez put the Spaniards in control and, although PSV pulled a goal back through Danny Koevermans, Atletico held out in a match played behind closed doors because of crowd incidents during their home match against Marseille on October 1.

Barcelona sealed top spot in Group C with a 5-2 win at Sporting Lisbon, courtesy of a farcical night among the home defence.

Goals from Thierry Henry, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi put Barca 3-0 up - before Sporting pulled two back in two minutes through Miguel Veloso and Liedson, but the visitors responded immediately with a Marco Caneira own goal and a Bojan Krkic's penalty.

In the group's other fixture, Brazilian playmaker Jadson hit a superb hat-trick as Shakhtar Donetsk booked their place in the latter stages of the UEFA Cup with a 5-0 win at home to Christian Gross' Basle.

Roma put themselves on the brink of qualification for the last 16 with a 3-1 victory over Cluj in Transylvania.

The Italians were two up early on through Matteo Brighi and a Francesco Totti free-kick. Yssouf Kone gave Cluj hope by pulling one back before half-time, but Brighi's second killed off their challenge.

Panathinaikos revived their hopes of reaching the second round with a 1-0 Group B win at Inter Milan. A 69th-minute goal from Jose Sarriegi was enough to win the game for the Greeks at the San Siro.

With Anorthosis Famagusta held to a 2-2 draw by Werder Bremen, the result lifts Henk Ten Cate's side above the Cypriots into second place - meaning they only have to draw their final match against Anorthosis next month to qualify. Inter go through to the second phase, despite their defeat.

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