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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arsenal, Real Advance, Spartak Cruises

LONDON — European champion Real Madrid, last season’s beaten finalist Valencia and losing UEFA Cup finalist Arsenal became the first three teams to clinch places in the second phase of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Real, which beat Valencia 3-0 in last season’s European Cup final, ensured its passage from Group A with a thrilling 5-3 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Madrid.

Spartak Moscow will almost certainly accompany Real into the second stage after a 3-0 win at Sporting Lisbon.

In a match that evoked memories of the high-scoring old days of European soccer when Real regularly cracked in loads of goals, Real took the lead after only three minutes through Guti and then traded goals with Leverkusen.

Real won with goals from Guti (3, 65), Ivan Helguera (24), Raul (75) and an 88th-minute penalty from Luis Figo.

Leverkusen, which has three points from four matches but retains a mathematical chance of finishing second, replied with goals from Thomas Brdaric (19), Ulf Kirsten (55) and Paulo Rink (78).

Midfielder Yegor Titov scored twice and made the third as Spartak cruised past Sporting 3-0 in the other Group A game.

Spartak struck early in both halves in Lisbon to set up a comfortable victory that kept it in second place in the group behind Real.

Alexander Filimonov in the Spartak goal was in inspiring form and denied the Lisbon club on a number of occasions with some fine saves.

The Russian champion took the lead after just 16 minutes when a cross from the left by Titov bounced off Sporting defender Dimas Teixeira and into the net, with Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel stranded.

But if the opening strike involved a dose of luck, there was nothing fortunate about the two other Russian goals.

First Titov, the driving force behind the team in midfield, beat Schmeichel with a strong left-foot drive after 52 minutes from the edge of the area after a mix-up in the Sporting defense.

Fifteen minutes later, the same player was on hand to head home unmarked after a corner.

"We were just not in luck tonight. There just seemed to be no way we could score," said a disappointed Sporting coach Augusto Inacio, whose team was booed from the pitch by a section of the 25,000-strong crowd at the end of the game.

"The second goal was a real blow because we came out for the second half in a really positive frame of mind," he added.

Spartak coach Oleg Romantsev made no statement, apparently due to a mix-up over translation facilities.

Arsenal ensured its passage into the second phase of the competition for the first time in three attempts after a late Robert Pires goal gave it a 1-1 draw at Lazio and 10 points from four matches.

Lazio had gone ahead through Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved after 24 minutes with a lucky strike that took a deflection off Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Silvinho.

Shakhtar Donetsk won its first points with a 2-1 win over Sparta Prague. Both have three points and a mathematical chance of going through, but Lazio looks almost certain to join Arsenal in the next phase.

Valencia maintained its 100 percent record at Lyon, which finished with 10 men after Cameroon defender Marc-Vivien Foe was sent off after 60 minutes for a second bookable offense.

Valencia won 2-1 after scoring through Juan Sanchez just before the break. Ruben Baraja added a second five minutes from time. Although Steve Marlet scored a consolation with a header in injury time, Lyon went down to a third successive defeat.

Heerenveen’s unexpected 1-0 win over Greek champion Olympiakos in Holland leaves three teams chasing second spot, but realistically Olympiakos should take it.

Heerenveen coach Foppe de Haan was set for a long night. He said before the match his side had no chance of winning and would go out and get drunk if they did. Daniel Jensen (82) scored the goal that opened up the barroom taps.

Group D remains wide open after Rangers and Galatasaray drew 0-0 in Glasgow and Sturm Graz beat Monaco 2-0 in Austria.

Midfielder Markus Schopp scored both goals for Graz, which avenged a 5-0 drubbing in Monaco three weeks ago, but he will miss Sturm’s match against Rangers next week after picking up his third booking of the competition.