Chelsea lost in Basel on Tuesday night but still qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. Elsewhere groups remain delicately balanced entering the final round of games.
Chelsea qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League with one group game to spare even though it lost,1-0, in Basel on Tuesday night.
Mohamed Salah scored for Basel with three minutes left but in the other game in Group E, Schalke drew 0-0 with Steau in Bucharest. That left Chelsea with nine points, one ahead of Basel and two clear of Schalke. Steau are eliminated. Because Schalke hosts Basel in the final round of games on December 11, Chelsea is certain to finish in the top two places.
In London, Jack Wilshere scored after 30 seconds and again in the second half as Arsenal won, 2-0, at home against Olympique Marseille to stay top of Group F. The Gunners are not assured of a place in the second round because Dortmund won, 3-1, at home against Napoli.
Arsenal has 12 points, Napoli and Dortmund both have nine. In the last round of games, Arsenal travel to Napoli while Dortmund visit Marseille, which have lost all five of its games and cannot even gain the consolation of finishing third and playing in the Europa League.
In Group G, Atletico Madrid, which were already assured of first place led with 15 minutes to go in St Petersburg before goalie Thibaut Courtois dropped the ball into his own goal. That gave Zenit a 1-1 draw. In the other game, Porto could only draw, 1-1, at home with Austria Vienna. That result eliminated Vienna and left the Portuguese team in third, a point behind Zenit, entering the last round.
In Group H, Barcelona, which had already qualified, lost, 2-1, to Ajax in Amsterdam, even though the home team played most of the second half with 10 men after the expulsion of Joel Veltman. In the other game, AC Milan won, 3-0, in Glasgow to eliminate Celtic. The results mean that Milan are one point ahead of Ajax and the two teams meet at the San Siro in their final group game.
Date created : 2013-11-27