Ronaldo & Neymar help set Champions League group stage goals record


FC Basel defeated Benfica 2-0 at the Estadio da Luz and secured its place in the round of 16 in the Champions League with a second-place finish in Group A with 12 points.

Again, you have the same 50/50 chance of landing one of those teams, but the average coefficient ranking is 16.75.

Tottenham impressed more than any team in the Champions League group stage.

Qualified as runners-up: Basil, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto, Real Madrid.

If Liverpool do secure top spot that makes things even trickier for Chelsea.

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Marcus Rashford ensured Manchester United progressed to the last 16 as group winners as they came from behind to see off CSKA Moscow.

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Placing five teams in the Champions League knockout rounds (nearly a third of the participants) is an outstanding feat.

Paris Saint-Germain were the most prolific, world-record signing Neymar on target six times as they hit the net on 25 occasions, while Liverpool managed 23 thanks in part to the 7-0 thrashings of Maribor and Spartak Moscow.

PARIS: Manchester United and Juventus were among the sides to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, while Bayern Munich gained a measure of revenge over Paris Saint-Germain.

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Tuesday night saw a number of Champions League games take place, with British clubs experiencing mixed results on the night.

After Liverpool had won the Champions League in 2005 but finished fifth in the Premier League, they were given special dispensation by UEFA to compete in the qualifying rounds alongside their Merseyside neighbours.

The first-legs will take place on February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second-leg games due to be played on March 6/7 and 13/14.

The regulars in the last 16 such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG passed their respective tests and Basel, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Besiktas and Porto all continue on into the next round too. Diego Simeone's Atletico, who have only been knocked out by Real Madrid in each of the last four years, reaching at least the quarter-finals every time, must now accept a spot in the Europa League.

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