Atletico Madrid and Barcelona booked their places in the Champions League round of 16 with wins on Wednesday action.
Barcelona has won 2 of the last 5 Champions League titles are look on course to add another after their 3-1 win over AC Milan. Lionel Messi scored a brace on the way to the win and the visitors needed help to get on the scoreboard with Gerard Pique scoring an own goal for the Rossoneri. In Group H, Ajax made matters more interesting with their 1-0 win over Celtic. The 3-points pull them within one of AC Milan with 2 matches remaining.
Group G is owned by Atletico. The Red and Whites easily coasted past Austria Wien 4-0 with Miranda, Raul Garcia, Filipe Luis Kasmirski and of course Diego Costa on the scoresheet. The biggest story of the match may have been Costa missing out on adding to his goal tally with a miss from the penalty spot. They are 7 points clear of the second place team Zenit St Petersburg. The Russian side shared the points with Porto in their 1-1 draw.
Arsenal stepped up and took care of business downing Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion where the home side had won 7 straight. Aaron Ramsey scored the lone goal heading home from close range in the 62nd minute. Napoli kept pace with 3-2 win over Marseille. Gonzalo Higuain score the decider which gave the win to Napoli and knocked Marseille out of contention to advance.
Samuel Eto’o scored a brace as Group E leaders Chelsea ran past second place Schalke 04. The Blues should be able to take care of business to advance. Basel and FC Steaua Bucharest ended 1-1 to stay within reach of the slim hopes of advancing.