Manchester United, Basel, Roma, Juventus into Champions League last 16

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

They topped Group A ahead of Basel, who clinched second place with a 2-0 victory over Benfica in Lisbon.

Chelsea piled forward as time ebbed away, and Stefan Savic turned Eden Hazard's cross into his own net as the pressure told.

Kylian Mbappe got one back for the Parisians who won the group and may go up against the likes of Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid in the last 16.

Diego Simeone insisted Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign was not a failure after they were eliminated on Tuesday.

"It's part of football".

"It's now a new challenge for us. Everything bad we can make into a positive". A group victor will face a runner-up in the last-16.

Napoli will also fancy their chances of making it to the latter stages of the competition after missing out on a place in the Champions League Round of 16 to Shakthar Donetsk.

"We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready".

"When you create so many chances to score - important chances, not simple chances - you have to try to take them".


The result means that Antonio Conte's team surrendered top spot in Group C to Roma and could now face a daunting prospect in the knockout stages.

The fact that they can not play Real Madrid again in the next round probably gives them the most favourable list of potential opponents.

Next Up: Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday. "Jan Oblak was fantastic today, he's had an unbelievable game".

Davide Zappacosta was next to test Oblak when the Chelsea wing-back unleashed a fierce shot that was pushed around the post.

No country has ever had five clubs in the knockout stage with the previous best being four from the same nation - achieved on several occasions by England, Spain and Germany.

Sparked by that near-miss, Atletico snatched the lead in the 56th minute.

Christensen should have equalised from a Cesc Fabregas cross 10 minutes later, but the Chelsea defender somehow headed wide of the open goal.

Celtic claimed a Europa League berth by finishing third but did so in a disappointing fashion as they lost 1-0 at home to Anderlecht.

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