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Champions League: Chelsea and Barca enter last 16

Football
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
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BAKU, Azerbaija: Chelsea and Barcelona barged into the last 16 of the Champions League early this morning.

Willian scored twice and won a pair of penalties as Chelsea thrashed 10-man Qarabag 4-0.

First-half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian put Chelsea in control, with Cesc Fabregas adding a third before Willian netted again to cap the rout and seal a top-two finish in Group C.

Chelsea’s win put them on top of the group on 10 points, while Qarabag remain rooted to the foot of the table on two points.

In Turin, Italy, Barcelona advanced after clinching top spot in Group D following a 0-0 draw against Juventus.

Last season’s finalists Juventus remain second in the group, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5.

Manchester United missed a chance to reach the knockout stages with a match to spare for the first time since 2014 after a conceding a late goal in a 1-0 defeat at Basel in a Group A clash.

Midfielder Michael Lang tucked in an 89th winner for Basel after Raoul Petretta found him with a pinpoint low cross at the far post, giving United’s stand-in keeper Sergio Romero no chance.

United are still top of the section with 12 points from five games, three ahead of second-placed Basel and third-placed CSKA Moscow, who boosted their hopes of reaching the last 16 with a 2-0 home win over Benfica earlier in the day.

United hit the woodwork twice as they controlled the first half while Basel dominated after the break and missed chances before Lang sent the home crowd into raptures.

Antoine Griezmann’s scissors-kick helped earn Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over Roma to keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the last 16.

The striker scored his first goal in nine games in the 69th minute before setting up Kevin Gameiro for the second in the closing stages to silence his critics.

Atletico are two points behind Roma and must beat group leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and hope Qarabag score an against-the-odds win in Italy if they are to qualify.

Neymar scored a double as Paris St Germain extended their perfect Champions League record with a 7-1 home demolition of Celtic.

PSG powered on to 15 points from five games. They lead second-placed Bayern Munich, who won 2-1 at Anderlecht, by three points before they play in Germany with Group B’s first place at stake.

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