Five English teams qualify for last 16 UEFA Champions League

Five English teams qualify for last 16 UEFA Champions League

Manchester United were one of four clubs to secure qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League in the final round of group games on Tuesday.

Besiktas would have been forgiven for putting in a below-par performance at RB Leipzig having already wrapped up top spot in Group G, but they completed an unbeaten campaign with an impressive 2-1 win.

Italian champions Juventus qualified from Group D after a 2-0 victory against Olympiakos in Greece, and Roma are through from Group C thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Qarabag.

But Dortmund, like Atletico and Napoli, was bad in the Champions League play, only registering two points via draws with APOEL.

The five-time European champion joined fellow former winners Barcelona and Manchester United, plus big spenders Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City among the seeded teams on Wednesday.

In the round of 16, teams can not be drawn against sides who they faced in the group stages.

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Manchester United: Bayern Munich (4), Juventus (5), Seville (7), Shakhtar Donetsk (16), Porto (12) or Real Madrid (1). That means Chelsea can not draw Roma, Manchester United can not be drawn to play against Basel and Tottenham will not be up against their Group H opponents Real Madrid.

There are 16 teams left in the Champions League, half the number that started, with Atlético Madrid, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund the three biggest casualties of the group stages. Everton, though, failed to reach the group stages, losing in controversial fashion to Villarreal in the third qualifying phase.

The Champions League Round of 16 draw which takes place on Monday.

Barcelona's possible opponents: Basel, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Oporto.

The competition's all-time leading scorer became the first player to ever score in all six group games of a season, while also drawing level with old rival Lionel Messi on 60 group-stage goals in total.

We're not saying English clubs and fans should not be excited and proud about the Premier League Champions League accomplishment, but it's worth keeping in mind how little has actually been accomplished so far.

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