Groups A-D of the UEFA Champions League are done, as the field for the knockout stages is coming together.
Liverpool crashed out of the competition after drawing 1-1 at home with FC Basel, with the Swiss side instead advancing from Group B. While Juventus and Monaco also went through on a busy night around Europe.
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Arsenal hammered Galatasaray but could not claw Borussia Dortmund off top spot in Group D, while Bayer Leverkusen make it three out of three Bundesliga sides in the last 16.
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Below are recaps, reaction and analysis from all eight games around the UCL on Tuesday.
Juventus 0-0 Atletico Madrid – RECAP
Both teams went through after a scoreless draw in Turin. Atletico Madrid had the top spot sealed, as Juve finished one point ahead of third-placed Olympiakos. The Spanish and Italian champions advance.
Oympiakos 4-2 Malmo
What a game in Greece as Olympiakos twice took the lead through Fuster and Dominguez but Malmo equalized on both occasions through Kroon and Rosenberg. However late goals from Mitroglou and Afellay secured the win for Olympiakos but they crashed out of the UCL and will now play in the Europa League.
Liverpool 1-1 Basel – RECAP
No more Champions League miracles at Anfield. Liverpool needed a win to go through against Basel but Fabian Frei gave the visitors the lead and Lazar Markovic’s red card made it tough-going for the Reds. Steven Gerrard scored a stunning free kick 10 minutes from time to set up a grandstand finish but it wasn’t to be as the Reds go into the Europa League and Basel are into the last 16.
Real Madrid 4-0 Ludogorets
Six games and six wins in the group stages for the reigning European champions. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Alvaro Arbeloa and Medran did the damage as the Bulgarian minnows were blown away in the Santiago Bernabeu.
Monaco 2-0 Zenit
The Ligue 1 side won Group C after beating Zenit at the Stade Louis II. Second half goals from Abdennour and Tavares sent Zenit out as the Russian side will be in the Europa League, while Monaco are a top seed for the last 16.
Benfica 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer missed out on the chance to top Group C as they were held to a scoreless draw at basement boys Benfica in Lisbon. Leverkusen are still through though, as the German outfit join Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the last 16.
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Anderlecht
Ciro Immobile put Dortmund ahead but a late equalizer from Mitrovic sealed a solid point for the Belgian. BVB top Group D, while Anderlecht go into the Europa League.
Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal – RECAP
The Gunners excelled in Istanbul as two goals each from Aaron Ramsey (watch the Welshman’s wondergoal) and Lukas Podolski sealed an easy win. Former Bethedsa native Gedion Zelalem made his UCL debut but the Gunners finished second in Group D and now face a tough task in the last 16. Still they are through after winning four and losing just one of their six group stage games.