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Holders Chelsea eliminated from Champions League


Holders Chelsea eliminated from Champions League


Chelsea became the first holders to be eliminated at the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

After a disappointing start to Group E The Blues needed to beat FC Nordsjaelland in their final game – which they did 6-1, and hope already qualified Shakhtar beat Juventus. But the Italians ruined the day beating the Ukrainians to top the group and send Chelsea out.

Fernando Torres scored twice to give Rafael Benitez his first taste of victory since replacing Roberto Di Matteo as manager. Both sides had missed a penalty before David Luiz showed how to do it in from the spot in the 38th minute and Torres made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime.

Joshua John scored for Nordsjaelland immediately after the restart but Gary Cahill with a header, Torres again and Juan Mata with a close-range effort wrapped up the victory just past the hour.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored one and set up another to help last season’s runners-up Bayern Munich beat BATE Borisov 4-1. Bayern, who had already qualified, topped Group F with Valencia going through as runners up. The Spaniards beat Lille one nil in their final group f match.

Kris Commons blasted Celtic into the last 16 when his penalty helped them to a 2-1 victory over Spartak Moscow in their final Group G match at Celtic Park. Celtic go through after Benfica – who were level on points with the Scotts before the game – failed to beat Group winners Barcelona.

Galatasaray progressed to the knockout phase from Group H after the Turks came from behind to beat Braga 2-1 thanks to goals from Burak and Aydin Yilmaz. In the last 16 they join group winners and three times champions Manchester United who lost one nil at home to CFR Cluj.

Cluj are eliminated due to a worse head to head record with Galatasaray.

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