Chelsea, Arsenal Into Champions League Last 16

Arsenal and Chelsea eased into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday to make it three English sides in the knockout round.

Arsenal defeated Olympiakos in Greece 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from French striker Olivier Giroud to secure second place in Group F behind Bayern Munich.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea saw off his former team Porto 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to take top spot in Group G.

Dynamo Kiev leapfrogged Porto into the second qualification place thanks to a 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Barcelona, who had already qualified for the next round as Group E winners, drew 1-1 at Bayer Leverkusen which allowed Roma to take second spot after a 0-0 draw at BATE Borisov.

Valencia, with Gary Neville in the coaching hot-seat for the first time, were unable to make it four Spanish teams going through when they lost 2-0 at home to Lyon in Group H.

Zenit St Petersburg had already topped Group H and they were joined in the next stage by tournament debutants Gent, who beat the Russians 2-1.

The draw for the last 16 takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon next Monday.

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