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Manchester United secure Champions League passage as Bayern Munich down PSG

Manchester City v SSC Napoli- UEFA Champions League City have already qualified for the last 16 as group winners
Montrelle Montesinos | 06 Diciembre, 2017, 09:50

That means that even if Liverpool finish second in their group on Wednesday, they will still not play against one of the four Premier League group winners in the last 16.

United, Juventus, Roma and Basel all went through with victories in their final group games, but Atletico Madrid, beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016, were eliminated.

Manchester United were never likely to surrender first place in Group A, but they bounced back from a shock loss in Basel last time out by showing their class to come from behind and beat CSKA Moscow 2-1. Meanwhile, No.6 on the all-time list, Wayne Rooney, did it two weeks after his 22nd birthday while playing for Manchester United.

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored in a two-minute spell in the second half to seal victory at Old Trafford after a contentious goal for CSKA on the stroke of half-time off the back of Alan Dzagoev.

Basel will qualify if they get a better result than CSKA, or if both teams draw or lose, due to their superior head-to-head.

Last season's runners-up Juventus would have expected to have qualified before the final matchday when they were drawn in Group D alongside Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos, but they head to Athens on Tuesday still needing a win to definitely progress. Athletico Madrid can still qualify, but they will have to win at Chelsea and hope that Roma drops points to Qarabag.

Atletico didn't win any of their first four matches in Group C.

Saul Niguez headed Atletico in front on 56 minutes at Stamford Bridge, but Eden Hazard forced an own-goal from Stefan Savic to restore parity. There has been some money for the Belgian side over the past few days but it's hard to ignore how poor they looked when the Hoops won 3-0 there earlier in the season. "These situations, apart from the frustration of not being in the next round, will help the team move forward and onto the Europa League", Simeone told beIN Sports Spain.

PSG and Bayern have both qualified from Group B.

Unai Emery's side beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and have a better goal difference, so the German champions must win by four goals if they are to finish top.

Robert Lewandowski gave the hosts the lead, sweeping home from close range after being played onside by Dani Alves, before the unmarked Corentin Tolisso made it two with a header. A loss could see Real Madrid catch the north London side.

When the statistic was put to Mourinho, he said: "I don't play for records".