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Chelsea, Marseille and Zenit in last 16

Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 22.55CET
Chelsea FC, Olympique de Marseille and FC Zenit St Petersburg all got the results they needed to move through to the last 16 at the expense of Valencia CF, Olympiacos FC and FC Porto.
Chelsea, Marseille and Zenit in last 16
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Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 22.55CET

Chelsea, Marseille and Zenit in last 16

Chelsea FC, Olympique de Marseille and FC Zenit St Petersburg all got the results they needed to move through to the last 16 at the expense of Valencia CF, Olympiacos FC and FC Porto.

Chelsea FC, Olympique de Marseille and FC Zenit St Petersburg held their nerve to move into the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on the final night of games in Groups E to H.

In Group E, Chelsea knew they needed to beat Valencia CF to make sure of progress past the group stage for the ninth year running. Within 22 minutes they were 2-0 up with Didier Drogba scoring the first and making the second for Ramires, In the second half Drogba sealed a 3-0 victory and that was enough for Chelsea to finish top as eliminated KRC Genk drew 1-1 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who already were through but have fallen to second. Valencia CF, like all the third-placed teams, transfer to the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

For most the night Olympiacos looked set to come second in Group F as two first-half goals set them on the way to a 3-1 home victory against section winners Arsenal FC. The only way Olympiacos could have missed out was if Marseille beat Borussia Dortmund – at at one stage the French visitors were two down but they pulled one back in first-half added time then in the last five minutes scored twice for a 3-2 success to deny Olympiacos.

The other place up for grabs was in Group G and Zenit St Petersburg held on for a 0-0 draw at FC Porto to finish a point ahead of their hosts. Although APOEL, already qualified, lost 2-0 at home to eliminated FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the first Cypriot side ever to get through the group stage still do so in first place on head-to-head above Zenit, both a point clear of Porto.

FC Barcelona and AC Milan were certain to advance from Group H before kick-off. Group winners Barcelona overcame FC BATE Borisov 4-0 and Milan were pegged back for a 2-2 draw at FC Viktoria Plzeň, who have the consolation of a UEFA Europa League berth.

The remaining four spots in the 16 December draw will be decided on Wednesday. FC Bayern München, FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid CF – all assured of seeding as group winners – and SL Benfica are already through going into those matches.

Group E
Chelsea FC 3-0 Valencia CF
KRC Genk 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Winners: Chelsea
Runners-up:
Leverkusen
To Europa League:
Valencia

Group F
Olympiacos FC 3-1 Arsenal FC
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Olympique de Marseille

Winners: Arsenal
Runners-up:
Marseille
To Europa League:
Olympiacos

Group G
FC Porto 0-0 FC Zenit St Petersburg
APOEL FC 0-2 FC Shakhtar Dontesk

Winners: APOEL
Runners-up:
Zenit
To Europa League:
Porto

Group H
FC Barcelona 4-0 FC BATE Borisov
FC Viktoria Plzeň 2-2 AC Milan

Winners: Barcelona
Runners-up:
Milan
To Europa League:
Plzeň

Last updated: 07/12/11 23.12CET

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