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Four more progress as Chelsea fall

Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 23.04CET
FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern München are the latest teams through to the round of 16, but holders Chelsea FC are in peril after defeat at Juventus.

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Published: Tuesday 20 November 2012, 23.04CET

Four more progress as Chelsea fall

FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern München are the latest teams through to the round of 16, but holders Chelsea FC are in peril after defeat at Juventus.

FC Barcelona, Valencia CF, FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern München are the latest teams through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, but holders Chelsea FC are in peril after a 3-0 defeat at Juventus.

Qualified for the last 16: Shakhtar, Bayern, Barcelona (group winners), Manchester United FC (group winners) plus, from other sections, FC Porto and Málaga CF.

Guaranteed at least a UEFA Europa League place: Juventus, Chelsea FC, SL Benfica, Celtic FC, Galatasaray AŞ, CFR 1907 Cluj.

Confirmed in the UEFA Europa League: FC BATE Borisov.

Eliminated from Europe: FC Nordsjælland, FC Spartak Moskva, LOSC Lille, SC Braga.

Chelsea began the day level at the Group E summit with Shakhtar, a point ahead of Juve. However, a 3-0 reverse in Turin means that unless they beat Nordsjælland and the Bianconeri lose at Shakhtar on 5 December, the London club will be the first holders to fall in the group stage. There are no such worries for Shakhtar, 5-2 victors at Nordsjælland and unable to be caught by Chelsea due to their head-to-head record.

In Group F, Valencia knew their progress was assured ahead of kick-off against Bayern after LOSC won 2-0 at BATE Borisov in the early game. The side Chelsea pipped to the title last season, Bayern still needed a point to put BATE out of reach, and although they fell behind with 13 minutes left, they quickly equalised to clinch their qualification. BATE have the consolation of a UEFA Europa League place courtesy of their superior head-to-head against LOSC, three points adrift.

Barcelona, like Valencia, went through before the bulk of tonight's matches thanks to a 3-0 Group G triumph at Spartak Moskva in another early fixture, Lionel Messi striking twice to join Cristiano Ronaldo on five goals. Celtic could have joined them with a draw at Benfica, but the Portuguese side prevailed 2-1 to go ahead of their Scottish visitors on head-to-head, a result which confirmed Barcelona in first position. On the final day, Benfica visit Barcelona and Celtic welcome eliminated Spartak.

United had already claimed top spot in Group H before tonight and that is just as well as the last perfect record went with their 1-0 loss at Galatasaray. CFR ended Braga's hopes with a 3-1 victory earned by a Rui Pedro hat-trick, but trail Galatasaray on head-to-head. Cimbom now travel to Braga with CFR at United.

Groups A-D continue on Wednesday, when Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Schalke 04, Arsenal FC, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid could all seal progress.

Group E
Juventus 3-0 Chelsea FC
FC Nordsjælland 2-5 FC Shakhtar Donetsk

Group F
Valencia CF 1-1 FC Bayern München
FC BATE Borisov 0-2 LOSC Lille

Group G
FC Spartak Moskva 0-3 FC Barcelona
SL Benfica 2-1 Celtic FC

Group H
CFR 1907 Cluj 3-1 SC Braga
Galatasaray AŞ 1-0 Manchester United FC

Last updated: 04/12/13 19.02CET

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