UCL: Chelsea Crushed By Rampant Roma, United Beat Benfica As PSG, Bayern Reach Last 16
Premier League champions Chelsea failed to impress as Roma moved to the top of Champions League Group C with a 3-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.
Stephan El Shaarawy scored after 38 seconds and pounced on an Antonio Rudiger error to make it 2-0 after 36 minutes. Diego Perotti struck a fine third after 63 minutes and there would be no Chelsea comeback this time as Roma moved on to eight points, one more than the Blues.
A win in Antonio Conte’s first match in Italy as Blues boss would have seen Chelsea advance to the knockout stages. Now Conte’s men need points at Azerbaijan’s Qarabag before the final group clash with Atletico Madrid.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were made to wait to seal their passage into the next round despite a 2-0 win. Benfica’s Mile Svilar, who became the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history a fortnight ago, suffered more misfortune at Old Trafford as his own goal handed United a 45th-minute lead.
The 18-year-old, at fault for the 1-0 defeat in Lisbon, atoned for that error by saving an Anthony Martial penalty, but Svilar was helpless when Nemanja Matic’s low drive cannoned off the post before hitting him on the arm and squirming over the line. Daley Blind wrapped up victory from the penalty spot on 78 minutes after a foul on Marcus Rashford.
Layvin Kurzawa scored an unlikely hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain powered into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich joined them in the knockout stage.
The world’s most expensive player was involved in PSG’s third goal as well, as his free-kick was tipped onto the post with France international Kurzawa forcing in the rebound.
The French giants top their section with a maximum 12 points, with Bundesliga leaders Bayern progressing alongside them following a 2-1 victory away to Celtic. Kingsley Coman pounced on hesitant Celtic defending to latch onto a long clearance upfield from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and round Craig Gordon to slot into an empty net on 22 minutes.
Callum McGregor slotted in a second-half equaliser, but Javi Martinez’s brave towering header — which left the Spaniard bloodied — clinched qualification for the Germans in Glasgow.