Willian (right) reacts after scoring his second goal in Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League win over Qarabag in Azerbaijan.
Willian (right) reacts after scoring his second goal in Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League win over Qarabag in Azerbaijan. Pavel Golovkin

Chelsea cruise through while Man Utd let opportunity slip

FOOTBALL: Chelsea has moved through to the UEFA Champions League final 16 but Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel.

Brazilian Willian scored twice and won a pair of penalties as Chelsea thrashed 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to guarantee Antonio Conte's side a top-two finish in Group C.

First-half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian put Chelsea in control, with Cesc Fabregas adding a third before Willian netted again to cap the rout and knock Qarabag out of the competition.

United, who hit the woodwork twice in the first half through Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo, looked on course in Switzerland to secure the point required to seal their place in the last 16 before Michael Lang popped up with an 89th-minute winner.

The result left United on 12 points, three ahead of both Basel and CSKA Moscow, and still almost certain of advancing, barring a huge defeat against the Russians at Old Trafford on December 5.

Elsewhere, Barcelona moved through as winners of Group D after a 0-0 draw against Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain dismantled Celtic 7-1 and Atletico Madrid, runners-up twice in the past four years, retained an outside chance of pipping Roma to a place in the knockout stage with a 2-0 win in Spain.

Basel's Michael Lang celebrates after scoring a late goal in the 1-0 Champions League win over Manchester United.
Basel's Michael Lang celebrates after scoring a late goal in the 1-0 Champions League win over Manchester United. Patrick Straub

UEFA Champions League results:

Group A

At Moscow CSKA Moscow (RUS) 2 (Schennikov 13, Jardel 56-og) Benfica (POR) 0

At Basel, Switzerland Basel (SUI) 1 (Lang 89) Manchester United (ENG) 0

Group B

At Brussels Anderlecht (BEL) 1 (Hanni 63) Bayern Munich (GER) 2 (Lewandowski 51, Tolisso 77)

At Paris Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 7 (Neymar 9, 22, Cavani 29, 79, Mbappe 35, Verratti 75, Alves 80) Celtic (SCO) 1 (Dembele 1)

Group C

At Baku Qarabag (AZE) 0 Chelsea (ENG) 4 (Hazard 21-pen, Willian 36, 85, Fabregas 73-pen)

At Madrid Atletico Madrid (ESP) 2 (Griezmann 69, Gameiro 85) Roma (ITA) 0

Group D

At Turin, Italy Juventus (ITA) 0 Barcelona (ESP) 0

At Lisbon Sporting Lisbon (POR) 3 (Dost 40, 66, Cesar 43) Olympiakos (GRE) 1 (Odjidja 86)

UEFA Champions League tables (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Group A

Manchester United 5 4 0 1 10 2 12

Basel 5 3 0 2 9 5 9

CSKA Moscow 5 3 0 2 7 8 9

Benfica 5 0 0 5 1 12 0

Group B

Paris SG 5 5 0 0 24 1 15 - qualified

Bayern Munich 5 4 0 1 10 5 12 - qualified

Celtic 5 1 0 4 5 17 3

Anderlecht 5 0 0 5 1 17 0

Group C

Chelsea 5 3 1 1 15 7 10 - qualified

Roma 5 2 2 1 8 6 8

Atletico Madrid 5 1 3 1 4 3 6

Qarabag 5 0 2 3 2 13 2

Group D

Barcelona 5 3 2 0 7 1 11 - qualified

Juventus 5 2 2 1 5 5 8

Sporting Lisbon 5 2 1 2 8 7 7

Olympiakos 5 0 1 4 4 11 1

Group E

Liverpool 5 2 3 0 16 6 9

Sevilla 5 2 2 1 11 11 8

Spartak Moscow 5 1 3 1 9 6 6

Maribor 5 0 2 3 2 15 2

Group F

Manchester City 5 5 0 0 13 3 15 - qualified

Shakhtar Donetsk 5 3 0 2 7 8 9

Napoli 5 2 0 3 10 9 6

Feyenoord 5 0 0 5 3 13 0

Group G

Besiktas 5 3 2 0 9 4 11 - qualified

FC Porto 5 2 1 2 10 8 7

RB Leipzig 5 2 1 2 9 9 7

Monaco 5 0 2 3 4 11 2

Group H

Tottenham 5 4 1 0 12 4 13 - qualified

Real Madrid 5 3 1 1 14 5 10 - qualified

Dortmund 5 0 2 3 5 10 2

APOEL Nicosia 5 0 2 3 2 14 2

Note: Top two from each group qualify for knockout phase

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