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Madrid qualify top after easy win

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  • Real Madrid finish top of Champions League Group C after defeating Lazio 3-1
  • Greek side Olympiakos also go through after cruising past Werder Bremen 3-0
  • Schalke are the only Germans left in competition after qualifying from Group B
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MADRID, Spain -- Real Madrid secured top spot in Champions League Group C with a 3-1 home win against a sorry Lazio side that failed to even secure a UEFA Cup place.

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Julio Baptista celebrates his goal as Real Madrid defeated Lazio 3-1 to qualify top of Group C.

The game was over before half-time thanks to goals from Julio Baptista, Raul and Robinho.

Goran Pandev netted a late consolation for the visitors, who saw a stoppage-time Tommaso Rocchi penalty saved by Iker Casillas.

Real are joined in the knockout phase by Olympiakos, who comfortably beat Werder Bremen 3-0 in Athens.

The Greek side finished level on 11 points with Madrid, but the Spanish giants top the group on their head-to-head record.

Ieroklis Stoltidis netted twice, either side of a Darko Kovacevic header to give Olympiakos their first taste of the knockout phase for nine years.

Bremen have the consolation of UEFA Cup football after finishing third in the group.

Meanwhile, at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid maintained their 100 per cent home record in all competitions this season with a comfortbale victory.

They went ahead in the 12th minute when Robinho found Brazilian compatriot Julio Baptista -- who produced a beautiful right foot shot to find the net from 20 meters out.

Three minutes later, the home side went 2-0 ahead with Robinho again the provider, crossing for Raul to head home.

Robinho deservedly got his own name on the score sheet nine minutes before half-time, stabbing the ball home from 10 meters out after Ruud van Nistelrooy had almost stumbled over the ball before getting it across to him.

Lazio scored a late consolation nine minutes from time when their Macedonian striker Pandev was left unmarked to finish off a Rocchi cross.

Real nearly gave away another goal in injury time when Portuguese defender Pepe handled the ball in the box, but Casillas superbly stopped Rocchi's penalty.

Bundesliga outfit Schalke are the sole German side to make the last 16 after an impressive 3-1 Group B win over Norway's Rosenborg -- who go into the UEFA Cup after finishing third in the group.

The evening got off to bad start for Schalke when coach Mirko Slomka suspended international pair Mladen Krstajic and Ivan Rakitic after they were photographed in a nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Rather than resting, Serbian defender Krstajic and Croatian midfielder Rakitic were caught with glasses of vodka and cigarettes in hand which saw them suspended for the game and they stand to be punished even further by the club.

On the pitch, the Gelsenkirchen club were always in control and they took a 12th minute lead when striker Gerald Asamoah hit a shot which took a deflection past goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld.

The home side went 2-0 up on 19 minutes when Asamoah's forward partner Kevin Kuranyi laid the ball off to Brazilian Rafinha who slotted home.

The Norwegians gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Yssouf Kone was left unmarked on the edge of the area and he rifled his shot past Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on 23 minutes.

But Schalke made sure of their place in the first knock-out stage on 36 minutes when Kuranyi took a pass from Fabian Ernst and swept the ball low past Hirschfeld to make it 3-1 at half-time.

Schalke finish second in the group with eight points, while Rosenborg ended their campaign in third place with seven points.

Chelsea comfortably topped the group with 12 points after finishing their fixtures with a dour 0-0 home draw with Valencia, who finish bottom of the group and go out of European competition. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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