Champions League E-H: Man City, Schalke 04 Through To Last 16

Group E

Roma 0-2 Man City

Manchester City advanced from the group stages of the Uefa Champions League for a second successive season following their first win in Italy against AS Roma.

Samir Nasri pulled Manuel Pellegrini’s side ahead from 25 yards after the break before Pablo Zabaleta poked home from close range.

Samir Nasri Celebrates City's First at the Stadio Olimpicio on Match Day 6. Image: Getty.
Samir Nasri Celebrates City’s First at the Stadio Olimpicio on Match Day 6. Image: Getty.

City were indebted to goalkeeper Joe Hart, whose fingertip save on a Gervinho effort early on maintained an even scoreline at the break before touching Kostas Manolas’s header onto the post.

The Premier League champions join group winners Bayern Munich in the knockout stages, after the 2013 winners thrashed CSKA in Munich.

Roma are relegated to the Uefa Europa League competition after finishing third in the group.

Bayern 3-0 CSKA

Bayern Munich rounded off the group stage with an emphatic win at the Allianz Arena. Thomas Muller opened scoring from the penalty spot after 17 minutes before Sebastien Rode and Mario Gotze scored in the final ten minutes to end the Russian champions’ campaign in Europe.

Group F

Barcelona 3-1 Paris

Neymar’s wonderful finish highlighted Barcelona’s finishing prowess in a comeback win over Paris St-Germain at the Nou Camp, as Luis Enrique’s men finished top of their pool.

Ibrahimovic Celebrates His 47th Goal in European Competition. Image: AFP/Getty.
Ibrahimovic Celebrates His 47th Goal in European Competition. Image: AFP/Getty.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored against his former club to hand the Parisians a 15th-minute lead with a low finish past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after running onto Blaise Matuidi’s layoff.

But it took the Catalans only four minutes to return on equal footing, Lionel Messi tapping in his 75th goal in the competition from a Luis Suarez delivery to the back post.

Lionel Messi Celebrates With His Barca Team-Mates After Restoring Parity at the Camp Nou. Image: Getty.
Lionel Messi Celebrates With His Barca Team-Mates After Restoring Parity at the Camp Nou. Image: Getty.

PSG’s Lucas missed a clear-cut chance before Neymar’s superb finish gave Barca a half-time lead. The Brazilian curled a 25-yard effort into the far corner after a surging run.

Edinson Cavani’s goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by Marc Bartra before Suarez tapped home from close range a rebound of Neymar’s effort on 77 minutes.

Ajax 4-0 APOEL

Ajax thrashed APOEL Nicosia to claim the Europa League spot available to their group.

Lasse Schone’s brace- the first from the penalty spot- eased some nerves at the Amsterdam Arena, before Davy Klaassen and Arkadiusz Milik completed the rout.

Group G

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting

Chelsea, winners in 2012, had already won their group as well as secure passage into the last-16 before Match Day 6 visit of Sporting Lisbon, but a re-assuring performance by the Stamford Bridge side sealed a fourth win in the group stages.

Cesc Fabregas broke the deadlock early on from the penalty spot after Filipe Luis had been fouled by Ricardo Esgaio.

Andre Schurrle doubled the hosts’ advantage on his first team return, finding the bottom corner with a right-footed effort.

John Obi Mikel Celebrates his First-Ever Goal in European Competition. Image: CFC via Getty.
John Obi Mikel Celebrates his First-Ever Goal in European Competition. Image: CFC via Getty.

Jonathan Silva pulled a goal back for Sporting but Mikel restored Chelsea’s two-goal cushion few minutes later, taping in from Fabregas free-kick.

Sporting failed to advance from the group stage by a point after Schalke won at Maribor.

Maribor 0-1 Schalke

Schalke leapfrogged Sporting into second place with a narrow win against Maribor in Slovenia. Max Meyer grabbed the crucial goal on 62 minutes to hand Schalke, coached by former Chelsea Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo, a lifeline.

Group H

Porto 1-1 Shakhtar

Vincent Aboubakar’s 88th-minute leveler denied Shakhtar Donetsk three points, canceling out Taras Stepanenko’s strike.

Both Porto and Shakhtar had already qualified for the knockout stages prior to Wednesday.

Athletic 2-0 BATE

Athletic Bilbao clinched a Europa League ticket courtesy of a 2-0 win over BATE Borisov through second-half goals from Mikel San jose and Markel Susaeta.

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