Inter beaten as Tottenham top group

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Tottenham qualified for the last 16 as Group A winners in their maiden Champions League season after a typically high-scoring draw was coupled with a surprise 3-0 defeat for holders Inter Milan.

Tottenham, whose three goals came courtesy of a freak Peter Wisgerhof own goal and two from England striker Jermain Defoe on his first start in the competition, closed with 11 points as well as 18 goals.

Inter, meanwhile, slipped up in dramatic fashion against Werder Bremen. A first-half header from Sebastien Prodl combined with a glorious volley from former Inter man Marko Arnautovic and a sharp strike from substitute Claudio Pizarro after the break earned Bremen their first win in the group.

FC Copenhagen stormed into the knockout stage with a 3-1 defeat of Panathinaikos apart at the Parken.

The result ensured Copenhagen advanced from Group D in second place, though Barcelona's win over Rubin Kazan meant they would have gone through regardless.

A largely second-string Barca consigned Rubin to a place in the Europa League after securing a 2-0 win at the Nou Camp. Andreu Fontas' deflected second-half effort and a late Victor Vazquez strike earned already-qualified Barca their fourth win in Group D.

Manchester United lost their perfect Champions League defensive record to Valencia but still managed to claim top spot in Group C thanks to Anderson's second-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Kenny Miller scored his 19th goal of the season but third-placed Rangers could only conclude their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Bursaspor in the Ataturk stadium.

Schalke secured top spot in Group B with a 2-1 victory away to hapless Benfica. Having already sealed their passage to the knockout stage thanks to a 3-0 win over Lyon a fortnight ago, goals by Jose Manuel Jurado and Benedikt Howedes, before Luisao's consolation, gave them the win required to qualify as winners.

Benfica made the Europa League anyway after Hapoel Tel Aviv succumbed to a late Alexandre Lacazette equaliser to draw 2-2 with the Ligue 1 side.

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