By Prince Dulzy
Bayer Leverkusen held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in Group E in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga side needed to better Roma’s result against BATE to go through, but both sides drew their final match of the group stage – the Italians held 0-0 – leaving Rudi Garcia’s side in second place.
Elsewhere in Group F Bayern Munich ground out a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League at Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday, with Robert Lewandowski netting twice in the second period.
El Arbi Hillel Soudani missed a big opportunity after being put through one-one-one with Sven Ulreich early on before the Algeria attacker headed wide of the target on the stroke of half-time.
Meanwhile, Arsenal secured their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 16th straight season as Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick earned them a hugely impressive 3-0 victory at Olympiacos.
Arsene Wenger’s side came into Wednesday’s clash in Greece knowing a victory by any scoreline other than 1-0 or 2-1 would see them leapfrog their opponents and claim second spot in Group F.
Meanwhile, an own goal from Porto defender Marcano before Willian added a second saw Chelsea tied up top spot in Champions League Group G with a comfortable 2-0 win over Porto, who finish in third place and fall into the Europa League.
In the other Group G match, Dynamo Kiev reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in 16 years after stuttering to a 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
In Group H, Zenit suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Gent.
The Russian side has already qualified for the last 16 having won all first five games prior to Wednesday. The defeat means Gent also progress to the next riund of the competition.
In the other Group H match, Maxwel Cornet and Alexandre Lacazette ruined Gary Neville’s debut as Valencia coach by firing Lyon to a 2-0 win at the Mestalla on Wednesday to end the Liga side’s Champions League ambitions.
Chelsea 2-0 Porto
Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Olympiacos 0-3 Arsenal
Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Barcelona
AS Roma 0-0 BATE
Valencia 0-2 Lyon
Gent 2-1 Zenit