Lyon cruise into Champs League
Hat-trick from Lisandro Lopez puts Lyon safely into the group stages.
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2009 22:03 GMT

Olympique Lyonnais's Lisandro shoots and scores [AFP]
Lisandro Lopez's first-half hat trick in a 3-1 victory at Anderlecht sent Lyon into the Champions League group stage with an 8-2 aggregate triumph while Atletico Madrid beat Panathinaikos 2-0 to stroll into the next round.

Debrecen, FC Zurich and Maccabi Haifa also made it to Thursday's draw for the lucrative group phase where they run into Europe's powerhouse clubs including defending champions Barcelona.

Hungary's Debrecen beat Levski Sofia 2-0 to advance 4-1 overall, Zurich scored an injury-time winner to beat Moldova's Ventspils 2-1 to go through 5-1, and Maccabi outplayed Salzburg 3-0 to reach the group phase 5-1.

Lucky gift

Already 3-2 up from the away leg in Athens, Atletico controlled the return in Madrid but was gifted the first goal after only three minutes.

The Panathinaikos defenders failed to deal with a right-wing cross from Johnny Heitinga and the ball dropped to the unmarked Diego Forlan. His sideways pass struck Loukas Vyntra and deflected into his own net.

After Panathinaikos striker Djibril Cisse was sent off in the 70th, Sergio Aguero added the second for Atletico in the 82nd after a run past two defenders, and completed a 5-2 overall triumph.

Lisandro scored three times in 15 minutes from the 26th in Brussels to maintain Lyon's dominance of Anderlecht.

Already 8-1 down on aggregate, the Belgian side eventually replied through a 51st-minute penalty by Mathias Suarez.

Second leg results & fixtures

Tuesday 25 August

Anderlecht 1 Olympique Lyon 3
Olympique Lyon win 8-2 on aggregate

Atletico Madrid 2 Panathinaikos 0
Atletico Madrid win 5-2 on aggregate

Debrecen 2 Levski Sofia 0
Debrecen win 4-1 on aggregate

FC Zurich 2 FK Ventspils 1
FC Zurich win 5-1 on aggregate

Maccabi Haifa 3 Salzburg 0
Maccabi Haifa win 5-1 on aggregate

Wednesday 26 August

Arsenal (2) v Celtic  (0)
Fiorentina (2) v Sporting (2)
VfB Stuttgart (2) v FC Timisoara (0)APOEL Nicosia (0) v FC Copenhagen (1)Olympiakos (2) v Sheriff Tiraspol (0)

Up 2-1 from the away leg in Sofia, Debrecen made it easily to the next phase with goals by Jozsef Varga in the 13th minute and Gergely Rudolf in the 35th.

They become the first Hungarian side since Ferencvaros in 1995 to reach the group stage.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg in Moldova, Zurich went further in front through Johan Vonlanthen in the sixth minute only for Igor Tigirlas to reply in the eighth.

Almen Abdi scored in injury time to make it two wins for the Swiss side who reached the group phase for the first time.

Maccabi Haifa were already 2-1 up before the home leg against Salzburg and second-leg goals by Vladimir Dvalishvili, Eyal Golasa and Mohammad Ghadir completed a one-sided victory.

In Wednesday's games, Arsenal, Olympiakos and Stuttgart all lead 2-0 and have home advantage.

The Gunners lead Celtic, Olympiakos are ahead of Sheriff Tiraspol and Stuttgart have a healthy lead over Politehnica Timisoara.

Apoel Nicosia must overturn FC Copenhagen's 1-0 advantage and Fiorentina and Sporting Lisbon are level at 2-2.

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