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Champions League: which teams can qualify for the last 16?

Champions League: which teams can qualify for the last 16?

Elyounoussi headed Basel into an early lead with his first goal in the UEFA Champions League proper, the forward left all alone in the penalty area to convert a terrific cross from Michael Lang, who had scored a dramatic late victor at home to United on matchday five.

Basel knew victory at a half-empty Estadio da Luz would nearly certainly be enough to qualify from Group A, barring an unlikely heavy win for CSKA Moscow away to Manchester United.

Eight places in the Champions League's last 16 are still up for grabs heading into the last round of group games.

The knockout draw of the Champions League will see the winners of each of the eight groups seeded, whilst the runners-up will not be.

In a much better place are the English teams of Manchester United and Chelsea.

As well as not being able to draw teams from their own country, no team can draw the winner/runner up of their own group in the next round.

A plucky 2-0 win against Roma two weeks ago kept Diego Simeone's Atletico in contention going into the last round of matches, but victory for Roma over Azeri debutants Qarabag at the Stadio Olimpico would see the three-time finalists eliminated.

Antonio Conte's Blues still have plenty to play for too, as they need a win to guarantee top spot ahead of Roma.

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But it heads to Athens on Tuesday still needing a win to definitely progress.

None of the three Italian clubs in the competition have advanced yet, setting up a nail-biting finish to the group phase that is drawing comparisons with Italy's World Cup playoff loss to Sweden.

Barcelona have qualified as Group D winners.

Liverpool are now top of Group E and as it stands will face Basel (20), Bayern Munich (4), *Juventus (5), *Shakhtar Donetsk (16), *Porto (12) or *Real Madrid (1).

If Liverpool lose they are out unless Sevilla are also beaten. If Sporting fails to win, Juve goes through regardless.

Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea are all through to the second round of the competition.

Leipzig, who are level on points with Porto, host group victor Besiktas Wednesday and will only go through if they secure more points than the Portuguese team. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference.

On average, Raheem Sterling has scored a Champions League goal every 79 minutes this season.