Basel piled more misery on Chelsea with a shock 1-0 victory over the table toppers. The Swiss side had already beaten the Blues in the group’s opening match at Stamford Bridge, and they made sure of the ‘double’ thanks to Mohamed Salah’s late strike. In fact, Chelsea failed to get a shot on target all night, but remain top of the table.
The other match saw Steaua Bucharest hold Schalke to a goalless draw, meaning it the Germans will be involved in a straight shootout with Basel in the final match of the group.
Arsenal are on the verge of qualifying for the next round after a 2-0 win at home to Marseille. Jack Wilshire scored after only 27 seconds, and added another after the break. Mezit Ozil missed a penalty, but the Gunners were good value for the three points.
Borussia Dortmund kept their Champions League dreams alive with a crucial 3-1 win against Napoli. Marco Reus settled the nerves with an early goal before Jakub Blaszczykowski doubled the lead. Lorenzo put the cat amongst the pigeons when he scored, but Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made sure of the win.
Arsenal lead the group on 12 points, with Dortmund and Napoli level on nine apiece.
Atletico Madrid remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia. Adrian Lopez had given the hosts the lead, but an error from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saw Igor Smolnikov’s cross land up in the back of the net.
Zenit are second in the group on six points, one ahead of Porto, who drew 1-1 against Austria Vienna. Roman Kienast had given the Austrians the lead, but Jackson Martinez ensured that their vague hopes of progression stay alive.
Barcelona are through the next round, despite a 2-1 defeat to Ajax Amsterdam in Holland. Thulani Serero give the hosts the lead on 19 minutes, before Danny Hoessin made it 2-0 just before the break. A red card to Joel Veltman and the subsequent penalty from Xavi put the cat amongst the pigeons, but Ajax hung on for a famous win.
Ajax will battle it out with Milan for second spot on the final day; this after the Italians thumped Celtic 3-0 in Scotland. Kaka, Christan Zapata and Mario Balotelli scored to end Celtic’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages.