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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wow! Chelsea to Face Barcelona in the Last 16?

Chelsea v Barcelona in the last 16?

Group D
The champions League is getting more interesting as top football sides are gunning for war.
Chelsea’s failure to win at home against Atletico Madrid means Antonio Conte’s side could now face La Liga leaders Barcelona in the last 16.
Barca, who had already guaranteed top spot before today, ended their group campaign with a 2-0 win against Europa League-bound Sporting Lisbon. Paco Alcacer and a late own goal from Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu give Barca the win at the Nou Camp.
Elsewhere in Group D, Juventus win 2-0 against Olympiakos to take second spot. Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi with the goals in that one.

Who has qualified?

With eight matches left in the group stage tomorrow, here’s who has booked a place in the last 16:
Barcelona, Basel, Bayern Munich, Besiktas, Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur.


Bayern Munich 3-1 PSG
PSG lose for the first time in the group but they still win the group.


Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Chelsea finish second in the group, Atletico are in the Europa League.


Roma 1-0 Qarabag
Roma will win the group unless Chelsea can find a winner in the next 60 seconds or so…


Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow
Job done. Manchester United advance into the last 16 of the Champions League.
They came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. Fifteen points out of a potential 18 and United win Group A.
You’d have to say it has been an excellent night for united.
It’s been very comfortable for them and there’s been no fresh injuries, a victory and they have momentum.
Shaw has been lively and Mata was terrific in stages. All in all, a fantastic night for Manchester United.


Celtic 0-1 Anderlecht
Celtic lose but they will be in the Europa League.

As it stands

Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Chelsea will still finish second have face a trickier draw (in theory). They need to win to come top because Roma are winning.
  1. Roma
  2. Chelsea
  3. Atletico Madrid

GOAL – Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid

Stefan Savic (OG 75 mins)
Chelsea level! Atletico this time fail to deal with a corner, Cesc Fabregas crosses back in deep, Eden Hazard fires it across goal and former Manchester City man Stefan Savic can only turn it into his own net.

GOAL – Bayern 3-1 PSG

Corentin Tolisso (69 mins)
Another lovely goal, this has been a high class game. David Alaba causes damage down the left, Robert Lewandowski occupies the PSG defence allowing Corentin Tolisso to arrive at pace like a peak Bryan Robson or David Platt and slam the cutback into the net from just inside the area. He’s now on a hat-trick.


Benfica 0-2 Basel
Basle have doubled their advantage in Portugal and now lead 2-0 against Benfica.
The second goal came via a Dimitri Oberlin header and that should be enough to see the Swiss side join Manchester United in the next phase. CSKA Moscow are going to have to settle for the Europa League.

GOAL – Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Two goals in three minutes and United lead.
Marcus Rashford shot against the post earlier on, but he now has a goal of his own. It comes after a beautifully chipped pass from Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford hits it early, past Igor Akinfeev and now all that controversy about the CSKA Moscow goal counts for little.
United ahead, United heading into the last 16 as group winners.
Jose Mourinho is not all padded jacket after all – he celebrates with a modest fist pump and immediately hauled off Ander Herrera. Scott McTominay had been told to get stripped just before the Romelu Lukaku strike.

Barca score at last

Barcelona 1-0 Sporting Lisbon
It’s been a pretty drab affair at the Nou Camp but Barcelona have the lead as Paco Alcacer’s glancing header from a corner finally breaks Sporting’s resistance.
It came just as Lionel Messi, who started the night on the substitutes bench, was preparing to come on.
That’s Barca’s first goal in more than four hours of Champions League action.

GOAL – Manchester United 1-1 CSKA Moscow

Romelu Lukaku
And we are level. It comes from a delightful, floated ball in from Paul Pogba, Lukaku is too strong for Viktor Vasin and scores.=
It’s been a dramatic start to the second half, and Atleti are ahead! It’s a corner from the right, outswinging and flicked on by Torres at the near post.
It’s a lovely flick on, plum on the head of Niguez at the far post unmarked, and he makes no mistake! Atleti still heading out at this stage, but hope if Qarabag can get one back.
Chelsea just forget how to defend a corner as Fernando Torres flicks it on at the near post and Saul is left in yards and yards of space inside the penalty area. The midfielder buries a header into the top corner!
As it stands, Atletico are still heading out because of that Roma goal.
Saul Niguez
HT: Weird end to the half. A strange decision has given CSKA the lead. United have done little wrong, but they’ve lacked the final finish. Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford have looked very sharp.
United still will top the group if scores stay the same. Basel, who are winning in Benfica, will finish second. CSKA third. They need six more goals or a Benfica equaliser to progress.

GOAL – Manchester United 0-1 CSKA Moscow

Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)
Manchester United players are unhappy, and they have every reason to be. The Russian side lead at Old Trafford.
A pull-back finds Brazilian Vitinho, whose shot bounces off the back of Alan Dzagoev, who looks to be standing in an offside position, but the ball is in the back of the net, the referee gives it and United trail.
Champions League
Well, well, well. United have dominated but are behind in controversial circumstances.
Fernandes makes a fine run down the right and cuts a ball back for Chalov to strike from 15 yards. His effort looks to be swinging wide of the post until it flicks off Dzagoev – who is offside by two yards – and into the net. The whole stadium expect the flag to be raised, even the goalscorer, but there is no flag. The goal stands.
HT: That’s the half. Not great as far as entertainment is concerned, but it’s all set up for a dramatic last 45 minutes, particularly with Qarabag holding Roma in Rome.
Chelsea have had the better of the chances, and would be ahead but for Jan Oblak, but neither side has really stepped into second gear as yet.
HT: With nothing to add on, the referee calls time on the first period at Parkhead. Celtic are halfway there in terms of qualifying for the Europa League, but it’s been far from convincing as Anderlecht has dominated the game. Not the performance anyone associated with Celtic would have wanted, but there is another 45 minutes remaining for them to end this season’s Champions League adventure on a high. See you in 15…
HALF-TIME! No stoppage time. Goalless at the break.
HT: Cuneyt Cakir blows his whistle for half-time and Bayern go in 2-0 up.
Lewandowski and Tolisso have struck for the Bavarians while James has been the standout player.

GOAL! BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 PSG (Tolisso, 37)
Well, well, well… could PSG be about to throw away another commanding Champions League position?!
Bayern are now just two unanswered goals away from topping the group and it was a beauty of a second goal too.
James, whose delivery has been superb all evening, whipped a super cross into the box and Tolisso powered home his header emphatically.
Game on!

 Juventus lead

Olympiakos 0-1 Juventus
Juventus have a vital goal in their away game at Olympiakos and it has come from former Chelsea man Juan Cuadrado, who has put the Italians 1-0 ahead after good work from Alex Sandro.
That will be enough to take Juventus through, along with Group D winners Barcelona, who have already qualified, if it stays that way for the rest of the match.

GOAL – Bayern 1-0 PSG

Robert Lewandowski (8 mins)
Well played linesman! The now blonde Robert Lewandowski looks yards offside as he collects a flick on to score from close range but the officials got that spot on. He was onside.
It all came after a good driving run down the left from Franck Ribery.


Benfica 0-1 Basel
We have already had a goal in the other Group A match as Mohamed Elyounoussi heads in from Michael Lang’s cross to put Basel 1-0 ahead away at Benfica.
It is terrible news for CSKA Moscow as they have a worse head-to-head record than Basel, so they will be heading out if it stays the same in Portugal, even if they win, unless, of course, they can beat Manchester United by a seven-goal margin.

‘You can be a great’

Manchester United 0-0 CSKA Moscow
Luke Shaw will be hoping to have the Manchester United career that another United left-back, Phil Neville, had. The ex-England man wishes Shaw luck tonight.

HITS THE WOODWORK – Marcus Rashford

Manchester United 0-0 CSKA Moscow
Manchester United 0-0 CSKA Moscow
Lots of empty seats at Old Trafford. CSKA Moscow at home on a cold December night, with qualification almost certainly secured, has not caught the attentions of everyone.
Follow all the action as Chelsea aim to secure top spot against rivals Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge and also other actions for Tuesday Champions League. See Team News Below.
MAN UTD TEAM NEWSTeam to play CSKA Moscow: Romero, Shaw, Lindelof, Smalling, Valencia, Herrera, Blind, Mata, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku.Subs: Pereira, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Young, McTominay, Lingard, Martial.CSKA MOSCOW TEAM NEWS

Juventus: Victory over Olympiakos will guarantee their place in the last 16. A draw would be enough if Sporting fail to beat Barca. Olympiakos: Cannot even qualify for the Europa League after taking a single point from their opening five matches.

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