Juventus thrash Chelsea, Bayern, Valencia and Barca book last 16 spots

Updated: November 21, 2012

The penultimate matches of the group stages of the Champions League kicked off last night with 4 more teams sealing qualification into the last 16. Bayern Munich, Valencia, Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetskall advancing, while defending champions Chelsea were left relying on other results in 2 weeks time following a thrashing at the hands of Juventus in Turin.

Valencia and last season’s runners-up Bayern Munich advanced from Group F with a 1-1 draw in Spain while Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk beat Nordsjaelland 5-2 to progress from Group E.

Barcelona secured their place in the last 16 with another Messi brace gaurenteeing them top spot in Group G. Barca defeating Spartak comfortably in Moscow 3-0, Dani Alves also getting in on the action. Messi scored his 79th and 80th goals of 2012 in the first half and is closing in on Gerd Mueller’s calendar year record of 85 set in 1975. It was also the Argentinian’s 56th goal in the Champions League moving him to second on the list alongside Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Juventus put on a masterclass in Turin, defeating Chelsea 3-0. Fabio Quagliarella gave Juventus a 38th minute lead with a deflected shot and Arturo Vidal’s second half effort was also diverted past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on the hour. Sebastian Giovinco rounded off a dazzling performance from Juventus with a breakaway third in stoppage time. Juventus travel to Shakhtar in 2 weeks needing only a point which will effectively end Chelsea’s European adventure for this season and make them the first holders to exit the competition in the group stages.

Benfica defeated Celtic 2-1 in Group G to leave them level on 7 points and fighting it out for second place after group winners Barca. Celtic host Spartak in their final group game knowing they will have to better Benfica’s result against Barcelona.

Galatasaray kept alive their chances of reaching the knockout phase with a 1-0 victory over already-qualified Manchester United. They are vying with CFR Cluj for the runners-up spot in Group H after the Romanians beat Braga 3-1 with a first-half hat-trick from Rui Pedro doing the damage. Cluj travel to Manchester and Galatasaray are in Braga the winner guaranteed to progress.