Juve top Group E with win over Shakhtar Donetsk; Celtic earn their stripes with a 2-1 win
Chelsea made the wrong sort of history on Wednesday as they became the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage despite winning their final group game. Their 6-1 thumping of minnows Nordsjaelland proved pointless as Juventus inflicted a rare home defeat on Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Chelsea’s despair was in contrast to the joy in Glasgow as Celtic reached the last 16 with a 2-1 home win over Spartak Moscow.
Benfica failed to match their result - if they had done they would have gone through.
Chelsea went ahead in a frenzied spell in which both sides missed penalties before David Luiz scored from the spot in the 39th.
Torres netted in first-half stoppage time and, although Joshua John canceled it out 20 seconds after the break, Gary Cahill’s 51st minute-header sparked the goal spree.
Torres drove in his second goal, the first time he has scored more than once in a match this season, before Juan Mata and Oscar added further gloss to the win.
At Glasgow, a late Kris Commons penalty sealed a 2-1 win for Celtic over ten-man Spartak Moscow that saw the Glasgow giants progress to the last 16.
Gary Hooper pounced on a Spartak defensive error to fire Celtic into a 21st minute lead but the Russians grabbed an equaliser in the 39th minute when Ari showed good composure to lob Fraser Forster from a difficult angle.
At Dontsk, Juventus qualified as group toppers after Olexandr Kucher’s own goal gave the Italians a 1-0 win and dropped Shakhtar Donestk to second.Agencies