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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko Thrashes Anderlecht; Arsenal Advances

LONDON -- Panathinaikos, Arsenal and Roma became the latest teams to reach the second phase of the Champions League on Wednesday, but seven of the eight sides in groups B and D are still in contention with just one match to play.

Lokomotiv Moscow humiliated Anderlecht on Belgian soil, thrashing it 5-1 and sending the Belgian side to the bottom of Group A.

Anderlecht had the best possible start when Alexsander Ilic rifled home a left-footed shot from close range as several Anderlecht players challenged for a loose ball.

But Loko was back on level terms 11 minutes later when a seemingly harmless Marat Izmailov free kick curled into the net past the despairing hand of Anderlecht goalkeeper Filip de Wilde.

In the 28th minute, a blunder by a static Anderlecht defense allowed Dmitry Sennikov to stab home an opportunistic goal and put the Moscow team ahead.

In the second half, Loko punished an increasingly ragged Anderlecht side.

In the 57th minute, Ruslan Pimenov beat the offside trap and ran clear, firing the ball home through the legs of goalkeeper de Wilde.

Ten minutes after coming on as substitute, Maxim Buznikin took advantage of disarray in the Anderlecht defense to fire home Lokomotiv's fourth goal in the 63rd minute.

Buznikin scored a second six minutes later to complete Anderlecht's misery, though the third-placed Moscow team cannot reach the second group phase.

Panathinaikos secured top spot in Group C with a solid 2-0 home win over Schalke 04.

Clinical finishing from forwards Emmanuel Olisadebe and Michalis Konstantinou took the Greeks to 12 points, and although Arsenal could match that total, the Greeks would stay top due to the away goal they scored at Highbury.

Arsenal looked set to be ruing another home goal conceded in what turned out to be a dramatic match against Real Mallorca.

Two goals in two minutes from Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp midway through the second half appeared to have given Arsenal the two-goal victory it needed to advance, but Alvaro Novo pulled one back in the 74th minute.

That meant the Gunners might still have needed a point from their final game against Schalke 04 to make certain of qualifying, but Thierry Henry then scored a third in injury time to send them through to the second stage.

Everyone was happy at the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid and Roma played out a 1-1 draw.

For the Spaniards, who were already through, the victory guaranteed top spot while it was also enough to secure second place for Roma.

The Italian champion had looked like handing Real its first European defeat of the season after Francesco Totti stabbed in from close range on 35 minutes, but Real equalized with a Luis Figo penalty 15 minutes from time.

Real and Sparta Prague qualified last week while six more clubs joined them Tuesday -- defending champion Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United, Deportivo Coruna, Juventus and Barcelona.

With three more clubs qualifying Wednesday, 11 of the 16 second-phase teams are known -- but it is anyone's guess which four will join them from groups B and D.

Boavista and Liverpool drew 1-1 in Oporto to leave the English club top of Group B on nine points, one ahead of Boavista and Borussia Dortmund, which beat Dynamo Kiev 1-0 with an excellent goal by Tomas Rosicky.

Liverpool now needs a draw at Anfield in its final match next week against the German side to be sure of going through.

The four-time European Champions, playing in the continent's premier club competition this season for the first time in 16 years, opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Danny Murphy chipped in a free kick after a foul on Robbie Fowler.

The Portuguese, who held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sept. 11th, equalized in the 60th minute when Silva struck with a powerful far post header.

Liverpool played the match without manager Gerard Houllier, who is still recovering in a Liverpool hospital after major heart surgery.

Group D is even closer with all four teams hopeful of reaching the second phase going into the final two matches.

Nantes tops the group on eight points after a goalless draw at PSV Eindhoven, which has seven.

Galatasaray is third, also on seven, after losing 1-0 at Lazio, substitute Dejan Stankovic hitting the only goal 14 minutes from time.

The Italians, who lost their first three games of the campaign, have now won two in a row to move to six points but they need another win at Nantes to get through.

Galatasaray hosts PSV in its last match.