In Summary
  • Italian champions Juventus qualified from Group D after a 2-0 victory against Olympiakos in Greece, and Roma are through from Group C thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Qarabag.
  • Barcelona rounded off an unbeaten Champions League group stage as Paco Alcacer's header and a late own goal from Jeremy Mathieu secured a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday
  • Barca pressed for an opener before the break but lacked the magic Messi so often provides to unlock a packed defence..

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Manchester United were one of four clubs to secure qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League in the final round of group games on Tuesday.

United beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 and finish top of Group A, while Swiss champions Basel won 2-0 away at Benfica to join them in going through.

Italian champions Juventus qualified from Group D after a 2-0 victory against Olympiakos in Greece, and Roma are through from Group C thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Qarabag.

Meanwhile, Barcelona rounded off an unbeaten Champions League group stage as Paco Alcacer's header and a late own goal from Jeremy Mathieu secured a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Juventus will join the Spanish giants in the last 16 after they too were 2-0 victors away at Olympiakos, relegating Sporting to the consolation of a place in the Europa League in the new year.

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With Barcelona already guaranteed top spot in Group D, Lionel Messi was left on the substitutes' bench for the second consecutive Champions League game as Ernesto Valverde made eight changes from the side that started Saturday's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.

Sporting needed to inflict Barca's first home defeat in the Champions League for five years to have any chance of joining the Catalans in the knockout stages.

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