Arsenal, Chelsea advance

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December 10, 2015
Giroud

MADRID (AP):

Arsenal left their best performance for the last game of the Champions League group stage, advancing to the round of 16 with a remarkable 3-0 victory at Olympiakos yesterday.

Oliver Giroud scored all three goals for Arsenal.

Chelsea also went through on a good night for English football with a 2-0 home win over FC Porto.

"I told you before that it would be the greatest escape," Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea were trying to avoid following in the footsteps of fellow Premier League club Manchester United, who were eliminated on Tuesday.

Roma's 0-0 draw against BATE Borisov was just enough to allow the Italian club to edge Bayer Leverkusen for second place in their group. Leverkusen couldn't manage more than a 1-1 home draw against already qualified Barcelona as Lionel Messi scored his 80th goal in the tournament.

Belgian side Gent advanced in their first ever Champions League campaign after beating already qualified Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1.

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