| Thursday, November 14, 2002 22:04 EST
Deportivo, Lokomotiv Moscow grab remaining berths
LONDON -- Newcastle United created
Champions League history on Wednesday as it joined Deportivo
Coruna and Lokomotiv Moscow in claiming the three remaining
qualifying places for the second group phase.
A dramatic stoppage-time winner by Welsh striker Craig
Bellamy earned Newcastle a 3-2 victory at Feyenoord and second
place in Group E after rivals Dynamo Kiev lost 2-1 at home to
The English side therefore became the first team to qualify
from the first phase after losing its opening three matches,
though if Bellamy had not scored Kiev would have grabbed the second spot behind group winners Juve.
Lokomotiv Moscow beat Club Bruges 2-0 to steal second spot
in Group H ahead of the Belgians and Turkish side Galatasaray,
while Deportivo won 2-1 at AC Milan to confirm second place in
Bellamy made a sensational return to action after serving a
three-game suspension and following the recurrence of a serious
The speedy Welsh winger put Newcastle ahead at the De Kuip
stadium on the stroke of halftime and when Portuguese teenager
Hugo Viana doubled the lead soon after the break Newcastle
was in command.
But Feyenoord, who would have qualified if the club
won, roared back with goals by Mariano Bombarda and Anthony
Lurling until Bellamy rammed a loose ball in from a tight angle
in the dying seconds to settle an extraordinary match.
Dynamo was on course to qualify when Maksim Shatskikh gave
his team the lead after 49 minutes in front of 75,000 fans in Kiev.
But Juventus, already sure of going through, hit back with
strikes by Marcelo Salas and Marcelo Zalayeta to break Ukrainian
hearts, although Kiev has the consolation of a place in the
UEFA Cup third round.
Like Newcastle, Lokomotiv Moscow went through to the second
phase for the first time.
The Russian outsiders leapt from bottom to second in Group H
by beating Bruges with goals by Julio Cesar and Dmitry Loskov as
Galatasaray's poor campaign ended disastrously.
The Turks crucially lost their previous game 2-1 at home to
Lokomotiv and their 3-1 defeat at group winners Barcelona on
Wednesday meant they finished bottom and therefore missed out on
the UEFA Cup place, which went to Bruges.
Barcelona's comfortable triumph at the Nou Camp, thanks to
goals by Dani, Gerard and Geovanni, meant the 1992 European
champions became only the fourth team in Champions League
history to win all six of its group games.
Deportivo could only have been denied second place in Group
G if RC Lens had won at eliminated Bayern Munich, and in the
event the French side could manage only a 3-3 draw.
Deportivo nonetheless achieved a notable a success in Milan,
coming from behind to triumph 2-1 thanks to Roy Makaay's winner.
Milan finished top and will therefore be seeded in Friday's
second phase draw. Lens makes do with a UEFA Cup spot.
Group F was already decided in terms of the two qualifying
spots, but 1999 champions Manchester United ensured it
finished as group winners by beating last season's losing
finalists, Bayer Leverkusen, 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Argentine midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron and Dutch striker
Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the goals after Leverkusen's Jan
Simak missed a penalty as United bounced back from last
Saturday's 3-1 derby defeat by neighbors Manchester City.
Israeli side Maccabi Haifa claimed the UEFA Cup spot after a
3-3 draw at Olympiakos Piraeus in Greece.