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Barcelona, Man City into last 16, Bayern stunned in Russia

  • Published at 03:38 am November 24th, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:39 am November 24th, 2016
Barcelona, Man City into last 16, Bayern stunned in Russia
Lionel Messi fired Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-0 win at Celtic as they were joined in the knockout rounds by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. The Argentine star returned from illness to score both goals at Celtic Park -- the second from the penalty spot - to send the five-time European champions through as winners of Group C. City recovered from a goal down in Germany to earn a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach as both sides finished with 10 men. Raffael grabbed the opening goal for Gladbach on 23 minutes, but David Silva poked in Kevin De Bruyne's cross just prior to the break before Lars Stindl and Fernandinho saw red in the second half. "We controlled the game but it wasn’t enough to win. We’re just happy that we’re through to the last 16," said Belgian international De Bruyne. French champions Paris Saint-Germain seized control of their own destiny in Group A with a 2-2 draw away to Arsenal. Edinson Cavani turned in Blaise Matuidi's cross at the far post to hand PSG an 18th-minute lead at the Emirates Stadium. [caption id="attachment_35921" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani heads wide against Arsenal Reuters [/caption] But the Gunners hit back on the stroke of half-time as Alexis Sanchez was brought down by Grzegorz Krychowiak and Olivier Giroud rolled home the resulting spot-kick. Arsenal looked to be in pole position to finish top of the group when an attempted clearance from Marquinhos ricocheted off an unfortunate Marco Verratti and squirmed past Alphonse Areola for a fluke own goal. But Lucas ensured Unai Emery's side departed with a point as his header from Hatem Ben Arfa's corner flicked off Alex Iwobi and flashed past David Ospina 13 minutes from the end. "We had good spells in the game but we could not dominate. Tonight my concern is that we were 2-1 up and allowed them to come back at us. It's difficult to understand how easy we gave away a goal at a corner," said Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger. Both PSG and Arsenal have 11 points with one match to play, but the French outfit own the head-to-head edge on away goals after the reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes in September finished 1-1. Bayern Munich crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat in Rostov and could face a daunting draw in the next round after Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven guaranteed Diego Simeone's men first place in Group D. [caption id="attachment_35922" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa in action against FC Rostov's Vladimir Granat, Christian Noboa and Aleksandr Gatskan REUTERS [/caption] Douglas Costa rifled Bayern ahead on 35 minutes in Russia, but Rostov equalised through Sardar Azmoun on the stroke of half-time before going ahead courtesy of a Dmitri Poloz penalty. Juan Bernat swiftly levelled for the Germans, but Ecuador international Christian Noboa fired competition debutants Rostov to a first group stage victory with the winner on 67 minutes. In Madrid, French duo Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann netted second-half goals as Atletico -- runners-up twice in the past three seasons -- registered their fifth win in as many matches in the Champions League. Besiktas launched a remarkable second-half recovery as they fought back from three goals down against Benfica to draw 3-3 in Istanbul. [caption id="attachment_35923" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Besiktas's Ricardo Quaresma scores a goal from a penalty shot against Benfica REUTERS [/caption] Benfica, champions of Europe in 1961 and 1962, appeared to be sailing through to the last 16 after cruising 3-0 ahead inside barely half an hour through goals from Goncalo Guedes, Nelson Semedo and Ljubomir Fejsa. But the Turks pulled one back on the hour courtesy of Cenk Tosun before two goals in the final seven minutes from Ricardo Quaresma and Vincent Aboubakar revived their qualification hopes. Napoli were held 0-0 at home by Dynamo Kiev and must take at least a point from their trip to Benfica in a fortnight, while Besiktas will punch their ticket to the knockout stages if they win in Ukraine. RESULTS: Group A Arsenal 2 (Giroud 45+1-pen, Verratti 59-og) Paris Saint-Germain 2 (Cavani 18, Lucas 77) Ludogorets 0 Basel 0 Group B Besiktas 3 (Tosun 58, Quaresma 83-pen, Aboubakar 89) Benfica 3 (Guedes 10, Semedo 25, Fejsa 31) Napoli 0 Dynamo Kiev 0 Group C Celtic 0 Barcelona 2 (Messi 24, 56-pen) Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 (Raffael 23) Manchester City 1 (Silva 45+1) Group D Rostov 3 (Azmoun 44, Poloz 50, Noboa 67) Bayern Munich 2 (Costa 35, Bernat 52) Atletico Madrid 2 (Gameiro 55, Griezmann 66) PSV Eindhoven 0 STANDINGS:  Group A Paris SG 5 3 2 0 11 5 11 -- qualified Arsenal 5 3 2 0 14 5 11 -- qualified Ludogorets 5 0 2 3 4 13 2 Basel 5 0 2 3 2 8 2 Group B Napoli 5 2 2 1 9 7 8 Benfica 5 2 2 1 9 8 8 Besiktas 5 1 4 0 9 8 7 Dynamo Kiev 5 0 2 3 2 6 2 Group C Barcelona 5 4 0 1 16 4 12 -- qualified Manchester City 5 2 2 1 11 9 8 -- qualified Moenchengladbach 5 1 2 2 5 8 5 Celtic 5 0 2 3 4 15 2 Group D Atletico Madrid 5 5 0 0 7 1 15 -- qualified Bayern Munich 5 3 0 2 13 6 9 -- qualified Rostov 5 1 1 3 6 12 4 PSV Eindhoven 5 0 1 4 4 11 1
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