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Champions League: Barca, Chelsea, Advance; United Stunned in Basel

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Spanish giants Barcelona sealed a spot in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday after being held to a 0-0 draw by Juventus in Turin.

The five-time European champions rested talisman Lionel Messi, throwing him on in the second-half as the game petered out to a stalemate.

Elsewhere in the group, Dutch striker Bas Dost netted a brace as Sporting Lisbon beat Olympiakos 3-1 to take the fight for second place to the final matchday.

Willian scored twice, with further goals from Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas – both from the spot – as in-form Chelsea thrashed 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to secure a spot in the last 16, while Atletico Madrid retained a slim chance of pipping Roma to a place in the knockout stage as Antoine Griezmann snapped an eight-match goal drought in a 2-0 win in Spain.

Manchester United looked on course to secure the point required to progress to the knockout rounds before Basel’s Michael Lang popped up with an 89th-minute winner to spoil the party for Jose Mourinho and his men.

The Red Devils remain on 12 points, three ahead of both Basel and CSKA Moscow, and will need to avoid a heavy defeat against the Russians on matchday 6 to advance.

Already qualified Paris Saint-Germain demolished Celtic 7-1 at the Parc des Princes to record their biggest win in the competition, despite going down to an early Moussa Dembele strike.

Neymar bagged a brace, before further strikes from strike partners Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe gave the hosts a healthy 4-1 half-time lead.

Marco Verratti made it five with quarter of an hour left, before Cavani got his second and a sweet Dani Alves effort wrapped up a record-breaking night as PSG shattered the previous mark of 21 group-stage goals set last year by Borussia Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso were on target in Brussels as Bayern Munich overcame Anderlecht 2-1 to retain their 100 percent record since Jupp Heynckes returned to the club.

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