Chelsea, Barcelona Ensured Champions League Second Round Spot

Two major clubs in European football, Chelsea along with Barcelona confirmed their place in this season’s UEFA Champions League knock out stage following their latest group game results.

Antonio Conte’s men got their ticket into the second round following their convincing away victory over Qarabag on Wednesday.

The Premier League side took a while before they get going as Eden Hazard opened the scoring with his penalty on 21 minutes, an incident which also saw their opponent reduced to 10 men.

Playing against a depleted side certainly made things much easier for The Blues as they added their second just before half time, this time from Willian’s effort.

The Brazilian netted a brace in that game, scoring his second with five minutes left in the game, but not before Cesc Fabregas converting another spot kick on 73 minutes.

Due to the tight battle for another place between Atletico Madrid along with AS Roma, Antonio Conte’s men a confirmed to go through.

Meanwhile, Barcelona also snatched that ticket into knock out stage, despite only picking up a point from their away fixture against Italian side, Juventus.

The Catalan side’s decision not to start Lionel Messi kind of affecting their attacking play, but doesn’t affect their possession play or defensive effort as their opponent also didn’t do much.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Barca finally introduced their Argentinian super star in the hope to snatch a winner in that second period.

Unfortunately, no goals were scored in that game as both teams seemingly content with that goalless draw, though Juve will be needing another victory before confirming their qualification into the next round.

Champions League Wednesday Fixtures Results:

CSKA Moscow 2-0 Benfica; Qarabag 0-4 Chelsea; Basel 1-0 Manchester United; Anderlecth 1-2 Bayern Munich; Paris Saint Germain 7-1 Celtic; Atletico Madrid 2-0 AS Roma; Juventus 0-0 Barcelona; Sporting CP 3-1 Olympiakos