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Own goal sees Juve end Blues' slim hopes

AN OWN GOAL saw Juventus go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group E winners as they edged out Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Olexander Kucher inadvertently turned Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross into his own net in the 56th minute, seeing Juve leapfrog Shakhtar at the top and rendering Chelsea's 6-1 thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland meaningless.

Both teams struck the post but Juventus could just about claim to be worthy winners.

News of the result killed any party at Stamford Bridge, where Rafael Benitez claimed his first win in charge of Chelsea and Fernando Torres scored twice.

In Group G, with no goals, the major incident at the Nou Camp, where Barcelona faced Benfica, was an injury to Lionel Messi, who was taken off on a cart after appearing as a second-half substitute, leaving Barca to finish with 10 men.

Bayern Munich sealed top spot in Group F as they coasted to a 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov at the Allianz Arena.

BATE never threatened a repeat of their 3-1 upset earlier in the competition as a much-changed Bayern side did more than enough to ensure they will avoid the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United in the next round.

Mario Gomez (above), one of seven changes, opened the scoring on 21 minutes before Thomas Muller and Xherdan Shaqiri netted shortly after half-time to ensure a nerveless second period.

Substitute David Alaba completed the rout with seven minutes remaining before Egor Filipenko grabbed a BATE consolation.

The win saw Bayern pip Valencia to top spot, despite the Spaniards winning 1-0 in Lille thanks to a 37th-minute penalty from Oliveira Jonas after Marko Basa had impeded him.

In Group H, CFR Cluj took a 1-0 win over Manchester United courtesy of Luis Alberto's wonder goal, but were denied second place as Galatasaray came back to beat Braga 2-1.

Braga took the lead but Burak Yilmaz and namesake Aydin struck to turn it around.


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