Barcelona, Chelsea advance in Champions League

November 23, 2017
PSG's Edinson Cavani (right) celebrates after scoring his side's third goal with his teammate Neymar during a Champions League Group B match between Paris St. Germain and Celtic at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, recently. PSG won 7-1.

Chelsea advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare after beating 10-man Qarabag 4-0 yesterday, securing manager Antonio Conte's 50th victory in all competitions with the Blues.

Barcelona needed only a point to reach the Round of 16 and the Spanish superpower got exactly that against Juventus. A 0-0 draw at last year's runner-up was enough to ensure top spot in Group D.

Already through, Paris Saint-Germain conceded the first goal of their European campaign in the first minute - before then unleashing their unstoppable firepower to thrash Celtic 7-1 in Paris.

A goalless draw at Basel would have been enough for Manchester United to top Group A, but the Premier League club slipped to their first group stage loss, going down 1-0 to a goal conceded just a minute from time.

Manchester United was deservedly beaten 1-0 by a spirited Basel, leaving all the qualification places open with one game remaining. Basel defender Michael Lang struck in the 89th minute to earn a win for the Swiss champion.

 

SCORED TWICE

 

Still, United lead the standings with 12 points, three clear of both Basel and CSKA Moscow, which earlier won 2-0 at home to last-place Benfica.

In the final round on December 5, Basel play at last-place Benfica, and United host CSKA.

Neymar scored twice and set up another goal as Paris Saint-Germain produced their biggest Champions League win to extend their perfect record in the group stage this season.

Juventus will have to wait until the final round to try and qualify for the knockout stages. The Italian side remained second in the group, but are only a point above Sporting Lisbon, which beat Olympiakos 3-1.

The Italian side, which reached the final in two of the last three seasons, next visit Olympiakos, while Sporting travel to Barcelona.

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