German international Julian Draxler and Joël Job Matip both netted as Schalke booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Group E rivals FC Basel at the Veltins Arena on Wednesday.
This win see Jens Keller’s men move into second place, two points behind Chelsea, who held on to top spot following their narrow 1-0 win over Steua Bucharest in front of their home fans.
In group F, Borussia Dortmund needed a late strike from winger Kevin Großkreutz to take all three points against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome. Last year’s finalists were made to battle hard throughout the contest but stepped it up a gear in the dying moments to clinch the win, reaching the last 16 ahead of third placed Napoli.
Elsewhere, Athletico Madrid maintained their unbeaten run in this year’s Champions League with a convincing 2-0 win over FC Porto at the Vicente Calderon while Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg progressed despite suffering a disappointing 4-1 loss to bottom side Austria Wien at the Ernst Happel Stadion.
In group H, already qualified FC Barcelona thumped Celtic 6-1 on home soil to top the group with 13 points while Dutch giants Ajax were held to a frustrating goalless draw by AC Milan at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Frank de Boer’s men, who needed a win to go through, will have to settle for a spot in the Europa League after failing to break the deadlock.