Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

UCL: Juve, United, Roma secure round of 16 spots; Atletico crash out

UCL: Juve, United, Roma secure round of 16 spots; Atletico crash out

If Basel and CSKA win their respective matches tonight, they will both be tied with Manchester United on 12 points.

"I'm really happy because we don't want to qualify with a defeat, we don't want to qualify with a bad performance", said Mourinho. While all eyes should be on their massive clash with Manchester City on Sunday, their defeat last time out against Swiss side Basel ensures their qualification is not yet secured.

Sporting CP finished third, having lost 2-0 to Barcelona, with Paco Alcacer heading in the first and former Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu turning a cross into his own net for the second, which cemented Barcelona's place atop the group. Atletico, losing finalists to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, were ultimately made to pay for two draws against Champions League debutants Qarabag, after both Roma and Chelsea saw off the Azeris twice.

Roma knew they would go through from Group C with a win, which they got, although they could only edge out Qarabag of Azerbaijan 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico with a Diego Perotti effort in the second half.

With both PSG and Bayern through, and Bayern needing a four-goal win to pinch top spot, this could easily have been a drab affair with both sides going through the motions.

The group winners (or seeds) will be drawn away for the first-leg, with the advantage of playing at home in the second-leg.

Jurgen Klopp's side threw away a three-goal lead away to Sevilla last time out meaning their final group game is not the dead rubber many thought it would be.

A day later, Liverpool can secure top spot in Group E by beating Spartak.

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Pep Guardiola's men have been labelled by many as the best team in football at the moment given their flying start to the season.

Benfica are yet to pick up a single point and will therefore finish bottom of the group no matter what happens on Tuesday.

Manchester United and Liverpool are among the teams bidding to book their places in the Champions League knockout stage this week, and Atletico Madrid appear set to bow out of the competition as the group stages conclude this week.

It was a similar story in the other game in the group, where Anderlecht needed a three-goal win to displace Celtic from the Europa League qualifying slot.

The Champions League group stage, which reaches its conclusion this week, has once again largely served to emphasise the gulf between Europe's haves and have-nots.

The Cypriots make the trip to Wembley while the Germans head to the Bernabeu both knowing a Europa League place is on the line.

Chelsea's victory in Munich in 2012 remains the last time an English side contested or won Europe's most coveted prize.

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