European Soccer Roundup
Eight-time winner Real Madrid and 1975 runner-up Leeds United made it to the European Champions Cup quarterfinals Wednesday, and Bayern Munich moved close to a berth in the final eight.
Real Madrid tied Italy’s Lazio 2-2 in Rome, while Leeds won 4-1 at Belgium’s Anderlecht to clinch top-two finishes in Group D.
In Group C, Bayern Munich beat host Spartak Moscow 3-0 to take a five-point lead in the standings. Arsenal tied visiting Lyon 1-1.
In Rome, Lazio twice led Real Madrid, on goals by Pavel Nedved in the third minute and Hernan Crespo in the 52nd.
But Santiago Solari, who played one season for Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, scored in the first half for Real Madrid and Raul Gonzalez made it 2-2 with 17 minutes to go.
In Brussels, Alan Smith scored twice and Australian striker Mark Viduka had a goal and an assist as Leeds to a 3-0 lead by halftime. The Belgians narrowed the deficit on Jan Koller’s goal with 14 minutes remaining, but Leeds’ Ian Harte made a penalty kick to complete an impressive victory.
Real Madrid (3-0-1), which leads the Spanish league, has 10 points, Leeds (3-1) has nine, and Anderlecht (1-3) and Lazio (0-3-1) can’t catch them.
In Moscow, Mehmet Scholl put Bayern ahead in the 17th minute and scored again on a penalty kick with 11 minutes left before a crowd that included Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Second-half substitute Paolo Sergio made it 3-0 with three minutes remaining when he headed in Stefan Effenberg’s free kick.
Bayern (3-0-1) has 10 points. Arsenal (1-1-2) has five, followed by Lyon (1-2-1) and Spartak (1-3). If the German club loses both its final games it can be overtaken by Arsenal and Lyon.