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Man Utd, Basel, Roma, Juventus into Champions League last 16

06 December 2017, 08:06 | Joan Schultz

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The final round of Champions League group matches take place this week - but what happens next in Europe's elite club competition?

However, with a number of teams already qualified for the Champions League last 16 draw, many are asking when the draw for the knock-out stages will be.

Juve, beaten finalists last season, triumphed 2-0 at Olympiacos to progress second behind Group D winners Barcelona, who won 2-0 at home to Sporting.

Only a heavy defeat could have eliminated United in Group A, but Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored two minutes apart in the second half to seal victory at Old Trafford, where they are unbeaten in 40 games in all competitions now.

CSKA had taken the lead on the stroke of halftime, with Vitinho's shot glancing in off the back of Alan Dzagoev. Roma will progress with a win over the Azerbaijani side, or if Athletico fails to beat Chelsea away from home.

The draw will consist of two pots - one containing group winners, and the other consisting of runners-up. They struggled for long periods at the Camp Nou against a stubborn Sporting Lisbon, needing a Paco Alcacer strike and an own goal from their former centre-back Jeremy Mathieu to wrap up a 2-0 win.

Saul Niguez got the Atletico goal at Stamford Bridge, escaping the marking of Tiemoue Bakayoko to head in Fernando Torres's flick-on, but a Stefan Savic own-goal leveled the score with a quarter of an hour remaining.

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We already know that nine of the teams that will feature in the last-16 come from Europe's leading five leagues - England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France - and Mourinho's aforementioned trio will be among them.

Group A, comprising Manchester United, has three teams vying for last-16 place. The Parisians won the first game against Bayern 3-0, and the Bundesliga team will have to win by a four-goal margin to finish top.

Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead after eight minutes, having been carelessly played onside, and Corentin Tolisso made it 2-0 from James Rodriguez's cross just before halftime.

Mbappe had been given a boost towards the record by his exploits for Monaco last season, when they made a surprise run to the semi-finals.

"I am 50 percent happy and 50 percent disappointed", said their coach Unai Emery. PSG had suffered its first defeat of the season on Saturday, losing to 2-1 Strasbourg, it was poor again on Tuesday.

Neither Celtic nor Anderlecht can qualify, but they can both finish third, which will bring qualification to the Europa League.

The Champions League last-16 draw will take place in Nyon on Monday, December 11 at 11am GMT.

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