The group stage for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League is now complete with all 16 spots in the first knockout phase sorted.
The match in Istanbul was abandoned on Tuesday night due to heavy snow with the replay, from the 31-minute mark, taking place in the afternoon. Wesley Sneijder scored a late goal to see Roberto Mancini’s Gala side edge the Serie A champions who will now drop into the Europa League which they will be favoured to win.
In Wednesday night’s action proper, Chelsea managed to finish top of Group E thanks to a 1-0 home win over Steaua Bucharest who finished bottom of the group. Demba Ba scored the only goal of the contest in the 10th minute at Stamford Bridge.
In Group F, Borussia Dortmund topped the standings courtesy of a last-gasp 2-1 win over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome.
Kevin Grosskreutz came up with an 87th minute winner to see last season’s runners-up through after it appeared they may miss out when the scoreline read 1-1, with Napoli in control against Arsenal at the Stadio San Paolo.
But the late goal sent Dortmund to the top and they will be joined by the Gunners in the final 16 despite their 2-0 defeat in Naples.
Atletico Madrid continued their dominance in Group G by beating FC Porto 2-0, thanks to first-half goals from Raul Garcia and Diego Costa, to finish 10 points clear of second-placed Zenit St Petersburg.
The Russians, who finished second, have the Spaniards to thank for beating third-placed Porto as they were well-beaten by Austria Vienna who produced their first group stage win with a Philipp Hosiner-inspired 4-1 result.
So the seeded teams, or group winners, for the Round of 16 draw are as follows: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
The Rpound of 16 first legs will be played on 18, 19, 25 and 26 February, and the second legs will be played on 11, 12, 18 and 19 March 2014.
2013/14 UEFA Champions League scores – Matchday 6
Austria Vienna (AUT): 4 (Philipp Hosiner 44’/51’, Tomas Jun 48’, Roman Kienast 90+3’)
Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): 1 (Alexander Kerzhakov 35’)
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria – 37,500
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