Champions League: Barcelona Held to Goalless Draw, Chelsea Lose

Here is a look at the big Champions League matches that took place on Tuesday.

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League match against Olympiakos.
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Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are the first teams in the Champions League knockout rounds after both won on Tuesday to advance with two games left.

PSG routed Anderlecht 5-0 – with defender Layvin Kurzawa scoring three to outshine Neymar and Bayern won 2-1 at Celtic.

Manchester United, like PSG, won a fourth straight game but beating Benfica 2-0 was not enough to ensure a place in the next round.

Roma started early, scoring after 40 seconds in a 3-0 win against Chelsea that seized leadership of Group C from coach Antonia Conte's team. Atletico Madrid is still winless after being held 1-1 by the visiting team Qarabag.

Barcelona and Juventus both drew away from home to maintain their steady progress in Group D.

Here is a look at what happened in Tuesday's games.

Barcelona Held to Goalless Draw by Olympiakos

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, left, challenges Olympiakos’ Vadis Odjidja.
Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, left, challenges Olympiakos’ Vadis Odjidja.
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Barcelona's seemingly inevitable passage to the Champions League last 16 was postponed by a determined Olympiakos Piraeus side on Tuesday as the Greek champions held the Spanish giants to a 0-0 draw in an absorbing Group D clash.

Ernesto Valverde’s in-form Barca team enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances in an often frenetic, open match at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium but the La Liga club could not find a way past goalkeeper Silvio Proto.

The Belgian made several fine saves, especially in the first half, to deny a somewhat subdued Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a pulsating atmosphere generated by the boisterous home fans.

Barcelona are top of the section with 10 points, having extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 matches with 13 wins and two draws.

It was the first Champions League point in four matches for Takis Lemonis’ Olympiakos team who are also struggling in the Greek Super League.

El Shaarawy Strikes Twice as Roma Rout Chelsea 3-0

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, right, and David Luzi walk off the pitch at the end of the Champions League match against Roma.
Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, right, and David Luzi walk off the pitch at the end of the Champions League match against Roma.
(Photo: AP)

Stephan El Shaarawy struck twice, including the fastest goal of this season's Champions League after just 39 seconds, to help thrust AS Roma to the top of their Champions League group with a convincing 3-0 win over Chelsea on Tuesday.

Following the sides' thrilling 3-3 draw in London two weeks earlier, the Italian international striker's brace was the highlight of another impressive display from Roma which allowed them to leapfrog the English champions at the summit of Group C.

El Shaarawy's thunderous first-minute shot was the earliest recorded in any match in the competition this term and, despite Chelsea creating early chances, Antonio Rudiger's defensive indecision allowed him to nip in for a neatly-taken second after 36 minutes.

Not for the first time this season, Chelsea again looked uncharacteristically disorganised at the back as Diego Perotti thrashed home a third after 63 minutes to move Roma on to eight points, one clear of Chelsea, who slip to second.

Manchester United Beat Benfica 2-0

Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Benfica.
Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Benfica.
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Manchester United almost made sure of a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League by beating Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford to make it a perfect four wins in Group A.

An own goal by Benfica's 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar on the stroke of half-time and a Daley Blind penalty in the 78th minute were enough for United who struggled at times to find their fluency.

Svilar, the youngest keeper in Champions League history, was unfortunate as a Nemanja Matic shot struck the post and bounced into the goal off his back.

Earlier Svilar, whose error had gifted United a 1-0 win, when the teams met two weeks ago in Lisbon, had saved a weak penalty from United's French forward Anthony Martial to keep his team on level terms.

United's Dutch defender Blind made no such mistake with his spot kick after substitute Marcus Rashford was brought down by Andreas Samaris.

Benfica had several decent chances in the game but United's Spanish keeper David De Gea was his usual reliable self and when he was beaten, Mexican forward Raul Jimenez's shot struck the outside of the post.

The result leaves United at the top of Group A on 12 points while CSKA Moscow and Basel each have six points with Benfica still without a point.

CSKA won 2-1 at Basel in Tuesday's other game in the group.

Bayern Cruise Into Knockout Stage After 2-1 Win Over Celtic

Bayern Munich’s Aguinaga Javi Martinez, left, and Celtic’s Scott Brown battle for the ball.
Bayern Munich’s Aguinaga Javi Martinez, left, and Celtic’s Scott Brown battle for the ball.
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Kingsley Coman and Javi Martinez fired Bayern Munich into the knockout stages of the Champions League, netting a goal each as they beat Celtic 2-1 in their Group B clash on Tuesday to make it two wins out of two against the Scottish champions.

The victory puts the German side on nine points after four games, three behind leaders Paris Saint Germain and six ahead of third-placed Celtic, and their superior record against the Scots guarantees them a top-two spot in the group.

Though the hosts started well, Coman broke the deadlock for Bayern in controversial fashion in the 22nd minute, appearing to handle a long ball from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich before firing home following a horrendous mix-up in the Celtic defence.

After creating the goal, Ulreich had to come to his side's rescue early in the second half, getting down smartly to steer Stuart Armstrong's shot behind for a corner.

Callum McGregor put Celtic back on level terms in the 74th minute, latching on to James Forrest's clever pass before sliding the ball between Ulreich's legs.

The lead lasted only three minutes as Martinez headed Bayern back in front, sustaining a nasty cut above his eye in a clash of heads with Celtic defender Nir Bitton in the process.

Celtic shifted to a three-man backline as they chased another equaliser but even with six minutes of time added due to the injuries to Martinez and Bitton, the Hoops could not fashion an equaliser.

In the other game in Group B PSG hammered bottom side Anderlecht 5-0 to make it four wins in four games for the French champions

PSG Sail Into Last 16 as Kurzawa Nets Hat-trick

Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker, right, struggles for the ball with PSG’s Neymar.
Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker, right, struggles for the ball with PSG’s Neymar.
(Photo: AP)

Paris Saint Germain qualified for the Champions League last 16 in emphatic fashion when they extended their perfect Group B record with a home 5-0 win against Anderlecht on Tuesday, with fullback Layvin Kurzawa scoring a hat-trick.

Neymar, back in the team after being sent off during the French 'classic' against Olympique de Marseille, scored the second goal on the stroke of half-time after Marco Verratti's opener, with Kurzawa completing the scoreline after the interval.

PSG have 12 points from four games and lead Bayern Munich, who beat Celtic 2-1 away, by three points.

Celtic have three points and Anderlecht have none.

(With inputs from AP)

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