Holders FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF, Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC and FC Zenit all booked their places in the UEFA Youth League round of 16 on Tuesday night as the last set of group stage games began. UEFA.com's reporting team rounds up the action.
Group winners: Club Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid CF, SL Benfica, RSC Anderlecht, Manchester City FC, AFC Ajax, FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Qualified, can finish first or second: Chelsea FC, FC Schalke 04
Group runners-up: Olympiacos FC, Liverpool FC, FC Zenit, Arsenal FC, AS Roma, FC Barcelona
Can finish second: FC Porto, Athletic Club, Chelsea FC, FC Schalke 04
Round of 16 draw: 14.00CET, Monday, Nyon: streamed live on UEFA.com
Juventus 0-3 Club Atlético de Madrid
• A comfortable victory confirmed Atlético as group winners. Andrés Mohedano seized on a poor clearance to volley the visitors ahead early on. Amath Diedhiou pounced on another defensive mistake to double Atlético's advantage midway through the first half. Tete Morente rounded things off from the spot.
Olympiacos FC 2-0 Malmö FF
• Qazim Laci collected a pass by Giorgos Manthatis in the penalty area and gave Olympiacos a deserved lead with a low right-footed shot. Substitute Nikos Vergos extended the hosts' advantage 23 seconds after coming on, punishing a weak clearance by goalkeeper Sixten Mohlin.
Liverpool FC 3-0 FC Basel 1893
• Needing to win by two goals, Liverpool scored twice in 13 added minutes as they squeezed into the knockout stage at the expense of Basel – who started the match top of the section. A head injury to the Reds' Sam Hart resulted in a lengthy stoppage. Liverpool's pressure told when Daniel Cleary turned in Jerome Sinclair's flick-on for the English side's all-important second. There was still time for the visitors' Charles Pickel to be dismissed and for Sinclair, from Sergi Canós's delivery, to head in his joint competition-leading sixth of the group stage in the 101st minute.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 9, 2014
Real Madrid CF 6-0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
• Madrid rubber-stamped their ticket to the last 16 with an emphatic victory that, coupled with Basel's result, meant they won the group. Borja Mayoral completed his hat-trick with the second of two quick-fire goals after the restart. A difficult campaign for Ludogorets, who failed to register a point or score, ended with Preslav Petrov putting through his own net late on.
AS Monaco FC 1-3 FC Zenit
• Zenit netted from three set pieces, including direct free-kicks from Ilya Kubyshkin and Pavel Nazimov, as they inflicted Monaco's fourth successive loss. Requiring three points to guarantee qualification, Zenit made the most of the blustery conditions in La Turbie. Substitute Irvin Cardona's late effort was mere consolation for the principality team, who began the group phase with two wins.
SL Benfica 4-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
• Already through, Benfica locked down top spot courtesy of another three-point haul. All the goals came during a thrilling second half in Seixal, substitutes Oliver Sarkic and Romário Baldé giving the scoreline a somewhat flattering appearance with strikes on the counterattack in stoppage time.
— Sport Lisboa Benfica (@SL_Benfica) December 9, 2014
Galatasaray AŞ 1-3 Arsenal FC
• Three goals in eight minutes either side of the break, from Tyrell Robinson, Stephy Mavididi and Aaron Eyoma, earned Arsenal victory and a berth in the round of 16. The odds were always against Galatasaray – who wrested the early initiative through Kerem Çalışkan – with the Turkish side required to beat Arsenal by a margin that would have given them the head-to-head advantage on the Gunners, having lost the reverse fixture 5-1.
AFC Ajax 4-1 APOEL FC
• Group winners Ajax ended the round unbeaten, with three victories and 11 goals in their home matches. Demetris Charalambous cancelled out Donny van de Beek's opener but dominant Ajax were in front at the interval through Zakaria El Azzouzi, who struck again after Nouri Abedelhak made it three. El Azzouzi now stands as the group stage's joint-top marksman on six goals.
FC Barcelona 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain
• Barcelona, who won this competition's inaugural edition last term, rode their luck to get the point they needed to pip Paris to second position. The home team had the better of the first half and missed several opportunities, but Paris kicked on after the restart and in the closing stages forward Jean-Kévin Augustin and substitute Odsonne Edouard squandered chances to snatch a win. Paris goalkeeper Rémy Descamps was sent off in stoppage time for handling outside his box.
— FC Barcelona - Masia (@FCBmasia) December 9, 2014
Reporters: Ben Gladwell, Vassiliki Papantonopoulou, Claire Gray, Marcos Prieto, Sébastien Blanchard, Carlos Machado, Türker Tozar, Martijn Sterke & Richard Martin
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