The group stage of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League is now complete with the Round of 16 teams set and those dropping into the Europa League learning their fate.
Reigning champions Chelsea are now unable to defend their title despite beating Nordsjaelland 6-1 at Stamford Bridge tonight as Shakhtar Donetsk failed to beat Juventus with the Italians winning 1-0 in Ukraine to top Group E.
The Blues finished third in the group despite being level on points with Shakhtar and ahead on goal difference with the tie-breaking criteria allowing the Ukrainians to go through because they scored more away goals in the two matches between the clubs.
Scottish champions Celtic achieved a huge result in qualifying for the knockout stages by beating Spartak Moscow 2-1 at Parkhead. Gary Hooper opened the scoring for the Hoops in the 21st minute before Ari chipped Spartak level late in the first half but a Kris Commons penalty in the 81st minute, which cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar, allowed Neil Lennon’s men a path through to the Round of 16.
They join Barcelona in the next stage as the Catalan giants topped the Group G table but they will be sweating on the fitness of Lionel Messi who required a stretcher to leave the pitch late in the game.
The draw for the Round of 16 will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on December 20.
2012/13 UEFA Champions League scores – Match Day 6
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): 0
Juventus (ITA): 1 (Aleksandr Kucher (og) 56’)
Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine – 50,104
Bayern Munich (GER): 4 (Mario Gomez 22’, Thomas Muller 54’, Xherdan Shaqiri 66’, David Alaba 83’, red card: Jerome Boateng 50’)
BATE Borisov (BLR): 1 (Egor Filipenko 89’, red card: Denis Polyakov 69’)
Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – 68,000
Lille (FRA): 0
Valencia (SPN): 1 (Jonas (p) 36’)
Grand Stade Metropole, Lille, France – 40,036
Bayern – Ro16
Valencia – Ro16
BATE – EL
Manchester United (ENG): 0
CFR Cluj (ROM): 1 (Luis Alberto 56’)
Old Trafford, Manchester, England – 71,521
Sporting Braga (POR): 1 (Marcio Mossor 32’)
Galatasaray (TUR): 2 (Burak Yilmaz 58’, Aydin Yilmaz 79’)
Estadio AXA, Braga, Portugal – 13,000
Man Utd – Ro16
Galatasaray – Ro16
Cluj – EL