UEFA Champions League: Barcelona, Bayern Munich Book Berths in Last 16
It was business as usual in the UEFA Champions League as Barcelona and Bayern Munich won their respective games to enter the Round of 16.
It was business as usual in the UEFA Champions League as Barcelona and Bayern Munich won their respective games to enter the Round of 16.(All AFP Photos)
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both scoring twice in a 6-1 win against Roma.
Barcelona discovered they had qualified from Group E before they had kicked a ball at the Camp Nou, the 1-1 draw between BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen in Belarus ensuring their passage.
Bayern Munich reached the Champions League's knockout stages with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos.
The victory confirmed Bayern Munich will advance to the last 16 as Group F winners, regardless of their final Champions League group match at Dinamo Zagreb in a fortnight.
Alexis Sanchez laid on Mesut Ozil's first-half opener at the Emirates Stadium, then struck himself before the interval and wrapped up the points with his second goal in the closing stages.
Arsene Wenger's side were in severe danger of an embarrassingly early exit after losing three of their first four Group F matches.
Chelsea cruised to an easy 4-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Haifa to close in on the last 16.
The victory, coupled with Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 win at Porto, means Chelsea only need a draw at home to the Portuguese in two weeks to guarantee their passage to the knockout stage.
A draw between Bayern and Olympiakos in Germany would have taken both teams through but Pep Guardiola's team showed no mercy for their visitors as they raced into a three-goal lead inside the first 20 minutes.