UCL roundup: Barcelona, Bayern clinch spots in the knockout round
Two more teams booked spots in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, as perennial powerhouses Barcelona and Bayern Munich earned big wins to advance out of their groups.
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Barcelona 6-1 Roma
Barcelona fared well without Lionel Messi, and now with him back in the lineup, they look unbeatable. The Catalans advance to the last 16 with an absolutely dominating performance, thrashing Roma 6-1. Messi and Luis Suarez scored two goals each, with Gerard Pique and Adriano adding the others. Edin Dzeko would ruin the clean sheet with a goal for Roma in stoppage time, but it was another Barcelona masterclass at Camp Nou.
Bayern Munich 4-0 Olympiacos
Continuing with the trend of dominating performances, Bayern Munich eased past Olympiacos 4-0 to clinch a spot in the knockout round. Bayern scored early and often, going three goals ahead in the opening 20 minutes through Douglas Costa, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. Despite going down to ten-men in the second half after Holger Badstuber was sent off, Bayern continued to dominate as the young Kingsley Coman scored the fourth and final goal.
Arsenal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Arsenal is clinging on to hope of advancing out of Group F with a 3-0 win at home over Dinamo Zagreb. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring and Alexis Sanchez added two more as the Gunners now head into the final matchday in need of a win over Olympiacos.
- FULL RECAP: Gunners stay alive with win over Zagreb
- SCENARIOS: How can Arsenal qualify for the last 16?
- REACTION: Arsenal ready to “play for our lives” vs. Olympiacos
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea got a big win away from home in Group G, beating a ten-man Maccabi side 4-0. Willian scored another free kick for the Blues, as the Brazilian has now scored from a set piece in four of Chelsea’s five Champions League matches. Tied with Porto atop the group, Chelsea needs just one point from their final match to advance.
- FULL RECAP: Blues cruise past ten-man Tel-Aviv
- SCENARIOS: How can Chelsea qualify for the last 16?
- MOURINHO: Bad pitch led to Ramires, Terry injuries
Elsewhere in the Champions League
BATE Borisov 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Porto 0-2 Dynamo Kyiv
Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 Valencia (Zenit clinch top spot)
Lyon 1-2 Gent (Lyon eliminated)