Monaco's progress not hampered by red mist

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Monaco booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions' League following a 1-1 draw at home to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.

Despite being reduced to nine men while their visitors finished with 10, the French side managed to hold on until the whistle.

Fernando Morientes headed in his customary goal in the competition to put the hosts ahead, but a similarly impressive header from the substitute Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink earned his side a point which keeps them in with a chance of making the knock-out stage.

The game was marred by red cards for PSV's Theo Lucius and the Monaco duo of Andreas Zikos and Ludovic Giuly.

There was no such drama in La Coruña, where Deportivo beat AEK Athens 3-0 and moved within touching distance of the last 16. Goals from Hector Berenguel, Juan Carlos Valeron and the substitute Albert Luque proved too much for the Greeks to counter and ensured Javier Irureta's men should now make it through to the next stage.

Deportivo face PSV in the final round of matches but can afford to lose 1-0 and still progress after beating the Dutchmen 2-0 in the corresponding fixture.

Real Sociedad missed the chance to advance from Group D with a round of matches yet to be played as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Olympiakos. The Basques finished the match with 10 men after Darko Kovacevic was sent off midway through the second half after he handled in the Olympiakos penalty area.

Igor Gabilondo used his pace to give the visitors the lead in the 31st minute but that advantage was wiped out after 59 minutes by Ieroklis Stoltidis' long-range shot.

Nery Alberto Castillo slotted home from a tight angle in the 71st minute to give the Greeks the lead. But it lasted just three minutes before Gabriel Schurrer scored the goal of the match - a stunning left-foot volley - to restore parity.

Sociedad will qualify for the second round if Galatasaray fail to beat Juventus in their rearranged match which seems likely to go ahead next week, at a neutral venue outside Turkey.

That match was postponed by the sport's European governing body, Uefa, following a series of terrorist bomb attacks in Istanbul. Juventus are already assured of their place in the last 16.

The decision to move the match and Besiktas' game against Chelsea in two weeks' time to venues outside Turkey have angered the Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan. "Treating Turkey like it is a centre of terrorism after the events of one week is to give a premium to terrorism," Erdogan said. "We will most certainly protest this matter to Uefa. I don't find this decision just... they are making a very serious mistake."

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