Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco all scored to help Juventus beat Chelsea 3-0 in their penultimate Champions League Group E match on Tuesday.
The victory put the Old Lady in prime position to qualify for the last 16, but it also left Chelsea on the brink of becoming the first defending champions to exit at the group stage.
Juventus are now second in the group one point behind Shakhtar Donetsk who thrashed eliminated Nordsjaelland 5-2 to qualify.
Bayern Munich joined Group F rivals Valencia in the last 16 of the competition after the pair played out a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla. Lille’s 2-0 win at BATE Borisov in the earlier kickoff had put the Spanish club through while a point for last year’s runners-up Bayern was enough to secure safe passage for the Bavarian’s.
Lionel Messi hit a first-half double to help Barcelona overcome Spartak Moscow 3-0 and ease into the knockout phase from group G and eliminate the Russians at the same time. Elsewhere in the group Portuguese side Benfica kept alive their hopes of qualifying after beating Celtic 2-1.
Galatasaray beat a young Manchester United side courtesy of a 54th minute header by Burak Yilmaz at the hostile Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Group H. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men had already booked their last 16 ticket but the Turk’s victory means they are still in the hunt for a spot in the next stage with Cluj who beat and eliminated Braga in the other game.
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