| Tuesday, October 29, 2002 18:16 EST
Leverkusen clinches berth in second group stage
LONDON -- Bayern Munich, European
champions just 17 months ago, crashed out of the Champions
League on Tuesday when the club lost 2-1 at Deportivo Coruna, its
fourth defeat in five first-phase matches.
The Germans, who have taken just one point from a possible
15, cannot even qualify for the UEFA Cup as the third placed
team in Group G.
With just one match to play the team cannot catch third-placed
Lens (7 points) or Deportivo (9) who are both looking to join
group leaders AC Milan (12 points) in the second phase.
Victor put Deportivo ahead early in the second half
resulting from a free-kick, and, although substitute Roque Santa
Cruz headed an equalizer 13 minutes from time, one goal was
never going to be enough for Bayern who had to win to keep its
faint hopes alive.
The bitter end came a minute from time when Dutch striker Roy
Makaay, who scored a hat trick when Deportivo won 3-2 in Munich in
September, grabbed the winner with a stunning volley.
Milan lost its 100 percent record when it went down 2-1
at Lens, but had already assured its place in the last 16
after four straight wins last week.
Manchester United also lost its perfect record when
a weakened side lost 3-0 to Maccabi Haifa in neutral
Despite its win, Haifa cannot finish higher than third in
Group F because it has an inferior head-to-head record with
Bayer Leverkusen who sealed second place with a 2-0 revenge win
over Olympiakos Piraeus. The Greek side had beaten them 6-2 in
the opening match.
Goals from Juan (14) and Bernd Schneider (90pen) gave the
Germans victory. United have 12 points, Leverkusen 9, Haifa 6
and Olympiakos 3.
Haifa, for whom Yaniv Katan (40) and Raimondas Zutautas (56)
scored blistering long-range goals, will at least go into the
UEFA Cup if they avoid a four-goal defeat at Olympiakos in two
Yakubu Ayegbeni (77pen) completed the rout as United lost in
the Champions League proper for the first time in 17 matches.
Juventus ensured its place in the last 16 with a 2-0 home
win over Feyenoord with two goals from Marco Di Vaio lifting
the club on to 10 points in Group E. But the battle to join them is
wide open following Newcastle United's 2-1 home win over Dynamo
Juve will win the group if it avoids defeat by Dynamo in
Kiev in two weeks time.
But Newcastle, looking dead and buried after three straight
defeats, is alive again after a second successive win.
Goals from Gary Speed (58) and a 69th-minute Alan Shearer
penalty gave the club a victory over a Kiev side who had gone ahead
through Maksim Shatskin in the 47th minute.
Everything now hangs on its match against Feyenoord in
Rotterdam while Kiev will qualify no matter what happens in the
Netherlands if it beats Juve.
Barcelona, who qualified last week, was left with the only
100 percent record in the competition after a largely reserve
side beat Club Bruges 1-0 with a second-half winner from Juan
But while Barca is out of sight on 15 points, Bruges (5
points), Galatsaray (4) and Lokomotiv Moscow (4) are all still
chasing the second qualifying spot.
Lokomotiv scored a shock 2-1 win over Galatsaray in Istanbul
where a prematch silence was held as a mark of respect to those
who died in the Moscow Theater siege.
Late goals from Dmitry Loskov (71) and Vadim Yevseyev (76)
edged it Lokomotiv's way with Hasan Sas (73) scoring for the