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Ju­ven­tus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Sevilla all reached the knock­out stage of the Cham­pi­ons League with two matches to spare yes­ter­day.

Al­varo Mo­rata scored in in­jury time to send Ju­ven­tus through with a 2-1 win at home over Hun­gar­ian team Ferencva´ros, en­sur­ing the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons fin­ished at least sec­ond in group G.

Barcelona top the group and booked their spot in the last 16 for the 17th straight sea­son with a com­fort­able 4-0 vic­tory over Dy­namo Kyiv.

Both Chelsea and Sevilla left it late to ad­vance from group E. Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score an in­jury-time header as Chelsea won 2-1 at Rennes, and Mu­nir El Had­dadi scored in the fi­nal minute of stop­page time as Sevilla de­feated Rus­sian new­comer Krasnodar 2-1 away.

Else­where, Er­ling Haa­land main­tained his re­mark­able scor­ing pace with two goals to put Borus­sia Dort­mund within reach of the last 16 with a 3-0 win over Club Brugge.

AMER­I­CAN JOY

United States right back Ser­gin˜o Dest scored his first goal for Barcelona and another Amer­i­can, 19-year-old for­ward Kon­rad de la Fuente, came on as a sub­sti­tute in Kyiv for his de­but.

It was only the sec­ond time two Amer­i­cans played to­gether for a club in the Cham­pi­ons League. Tim Howard and Jonathan Spec­tor played for Manch­ester United against Fener­bahc¸e on De­cem­ber 8, 2004.

Martin Braith­waite scored twice and An­toine Griez­mann grabbed the other as Barcelona se­cured their fourth win in four games from group G.

NO EUROPA LEAGUE

Sevilla qual­i­fy­ing for the last 16 means the Span­ish side can­not de­fend its Europa League ti­tle, as only the third-place fin­ish­ers in each group en­joy the cush­ion of play­ing in Europe’s sec­ondary com­pe­ti­tion.

It will be a strange feel­ing for the Span­ish side, which has a record six Europa League ti­tles, all since 2006.

Both Sevilla and Chelsea have 10 points in group E, while Krasnodar and Rennes stayed at one point each af­ter four matches.

GOAL MA­CHINES

Haa­land took his tally to 16 goals in 12 Cham­pi­ons League games in Dort­mund’s 3-0 win over Brugge, while Jadon Sancho scored an eye-catch­ing free kick to put the Ger­man side on course to qual­ify from group F.

For­mer Dort­mund for­ward Ciro Im­mo­bile scored twice on his re­turn from the coro­n­avirus in Lazio’s 3-1 win over Zenit Saint Peters­burg.

Im­mo­bile has 46 goals in 53 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions for Lazio since the be­gin­ning of last sea­son. Only Robert Le­wandowski (68 goals) has scored more in Europe’s five top leagues over the same pe­riod.

Dort­mund have nine points, Lazio eight, Brugge four and Zenit one.

FER­NAN­DES KEEPSMAN UNITED ON TRACK

Bruno Fer­nan­des scored two early goals in Manch­ester United’s 4-1 win over Is­tan­bul Bas¸aks¸ehir, keep­ing the Premier League team on track to qual­ify from group H.

Fer­nan­des might have scored a hat trick, but he handed over spot-kick du­ties to Mar­cus Rash­ford, who had been brought down for the penalty, and the Eng­land for­ward con­verted to make it 3-0 at Old Traf­ford.

Daniel James scored the fourth as United made up for their sur­prise 2-1 loss in Is­tan­bul.

United now have nine points, three more than both Paris Sain­tGer­main and Leipzig.

A penalty from Ney­mar was enough for PSG to scrape a 1-0 win against Leipzig in the other match in the group.

 ?? AP ?? Mar­cus Rash­ford scores from the penalty spot in Manch­ester United’s 4-1 Cham­pi­ons League group H win over Is­tan­bul Basak­se­hir at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day.
AP Mar­cus Rash­ford scores from the penalty spot in Manch­ester United’s 4-1 Cham­pi­ons League group H win over Is­tan­bul Basak­se­hir at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day.

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