MADRID Ė Atletico Madrid confirmed on Tuesday its exit from the UEFA Champions League with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, prompting Roma to advance to the round of 16 as group leader along with Paris Saint Germain, despite its 3-1 defeat in Munich, and Manchester United, which won 2-1 against CSKA Moscow.
Juventus and Basel also completed their passage to the next round on Tuesday evening, with 12 teams already having a secure place: Barcelona, Besiktas, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Rome as top teams, and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Basel as second in the group.
There are only four teams left this Wednesday for the draw to be held on Dec. 10 in Nyon. Two will come from Group E (between Liverpool, Sevilla and Spartak Moscow); one from Group F, with the clash between Shakhthar Donetsk and Napoli for second place; and another from Group G, with the battle between Porto and Leipzig for second place.
Barcelona already had everything resolved in Group D. With its leadership in Group D secured for weeks and Argentine Lionel Messi as a substitute, BarÁa faced Sporting CP at the Camp Nou on Tuesday and defeated it 2-0 with one goal from Paco Alcacer and another when Sporting CPís Jeremy Mathieu managed an own goal.
Juventus, for its part, grabbed Group Dís second place with a victory over Olympiacos 0-2. After 15 minutes, Juan Cuadrado scored the first goal and Federico Bernardeschi the second, in injury time.
At Old Trafford, Manchester United sealed its place at the top of Group A, beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford in the 64th and 66th minute, respectively.
Winning over Benfica 0-2 in Lisbon, Basel followed Manchester United to the round of 16. Elyounoussi and Oberlin sealed the victory and the classification of the Swiss team.
In Group B, there were only two issues to be defined. First, the first place in the game between Bayern and PSG in Munich, where the German team had to win at least 4-0; and second, a place in the Europa League between Celtic and Anderlecht in Glasgow, with the Belgian teamís obligation to win by more than three goals.
There were no changes at the top, which the Parisian team held despite its first defeat (3-1) in this edition of the UEFA Champions League against the German team, while the Europa League spot corresponded to the Scottish side despite losing to Anderlecht 0-1.