PSG Wins Champions League Group; Manchester City Out of Europe
Paris Saint-Germain and Schalke won their groups in soccer’s Champions League, while Manchester City finished last in its pool after a winless run.
PSG beat Porto 2-1 last night to claim the top place in Group A, while Schalke won Group B with a 1-1 draw at Montpellier.
The top two teams from each of the eight groups advance to the round of 16 in Europe’s elite club competition, while the third-place teams qualify for the second-tier Europa League.
Manchester City crashed out of European competition after a 1-0 loss to first-place Dortmund left it at the bottom of Group D. The Premier League champion was also knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage last season.
The final three places in the knockout stage will be filled tonight.
In Group E, Chelsea must win at home against Nordsjaelland and have Juventus lose to already-qualified Shakhtar Donetsk to avoid becoming the first defending champion to fail to advance from the group stage.
PSG’s victory gave it 15 points, two more than Porto. Dynamo Kiev finished third after drawing 1-1 at Dinamo Zagreb in a game delayed about 20 minutes in the first half because of snow.
Schalke’s draw with Montpellier in France was enough to win Group B by two points over Arsenal, which lost 2-1 at Olympiacos after resting regular players having already qualified. Olympiacos, which finished third, scored twice in the second half to cancel out Tomas Rosicky’s 38th-minute goal.
“It was not the result we wanted but overall it was a very encouraging game,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told ITV. “Now we have to wait for the draw, but ideally you want to finish first.”
Julian Schieber scored the only goal for two-time German champion Dortmund, which had already won Group D. Record nine- time European champion Real Madrid, which was runner-up, beat Ajax 4-1.
Group C winner Malaga drew 2-2 with Anderlecht, while Zenit St. Petersburg beat runner-up AC Milan to claim third place and a spot in the Europa League.
The draw for the round of 16 will be held Dec. 20 in Nyon, Switzerland.
TEAMS ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCKOUT STAGE: AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Malaga, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia.
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