Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 10th 2015 Contents LONDON---Chelsea finally had something to cel-
ebrate in its unexpectedly poor season yesterday
after qualifying for the Champions League knockout
phase with a 2-0 victory over Porto.
Chelsea not only avoided the embarrassment of
dropping into the Europa League, but Jose Mourinho s
team advanced as Group G winners while his former
club, Porto, finished third behind Dynamo Kiev to
qualify for the second-tier competition.
Fortune favoured Chelsea in the 12th minute at
Stamford Bridge when Ivan Marcano scored an own
goal and Willian rifled a second strike past goalkeeper
Iker Casillas early in the second half.
Chelsea s assured performance---albeit against largely
ineffective Portuguese visitors---has been lacking so
often in a season when the Premier League title defense
has seen the club lose eight out of 15 games.
It was only Chelsea s ninth win in 23 matches in
all competitions this season, excluding the curtain-
raising Community Shield which set the tone for the
campaign by losing to Arsenal.
Mourinho s decision to restore Costa to the starting
lineup was rewarded early on.
It was the Spain striker s shot from Eden Hazard s
through ball that was blocked by Casillas and then
cannoned off Marcano into his own net. It initially
appeared that Maicon had successfully cleared the
ball as he scrambled back but the additional assistant
referee eventually ruled it had crossed the line.
But the darker side of Costa was soon evident when
he cynically stuck a leg out to trip Casillas and he
Rather than Chelsea killing off the game, Costa
didn t come close to scoring again until the stroke of
halftime when he sliced the ball across the face of
The attacking intent required to steady nerves was
evident early on in the second half. A stinging shot
from Willian went straight at Casillas. When it came
to Willian s next shot---again set up by Costa---there
was more power and it flew into the net.
In Kiev, Ukraine, a goal from Denys Harmash gave
Dynamo Kiev a 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv and
a place in the last 16 for the Ukrainian champion.
Giroud's hattrick helps
PIRAEUS---Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick as
Arsenal advanced to the last 16 with a 3-0 win over
Olympiakos, overturning an advantage held by the
The France striker opened the scoring in the 29th
minute, heading home off a cross from Aaron Ramsey,
with the ball bouncing under goalkeeper Roberto Gon-
He struck again four minutes after halftime, slotting
in a pass from former Olympiakos player Joel Camp-
Olympiakos, which beat Arsenal 3-2 in London,
nearly pulled a goal back through Kostas Fortounis,
while Ideye Brown missed a point blank chance.
But the crowd at Karaiskakis Stadium was silenced
when Omar Elabdellaoui slipped and handled the ball.
Giroud again beat Gonzalez from the resulting
penalty to seal the Group F match.
In Zagreb, Croatia, Robert Lewandowski scored
twice for already-through Bayern Munich to complete
its group campaign with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb.
Barcelona draws 1-1
LEVERKUSEN---A Barcelona side without many
stars played to a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen,
relegating the German side to the Europa League.
Barcelona had already qualified and was sure to
win Group E.
Playing without Neymar, who sustained a groin
strain in the final practice on Tuesday, and Luis Suarez,
who was rested, Barcelona still went ahead through
captain Lionel Messi, the only one of the three forward
stars who started the match.
Messi picked up a perfect through ball from Ivan
Rakitic to score in the 20th. Javier Hernandez leveled
three minutes later. Barcelona finished with 14 points,
ahead of Roma with six. Roma advanced because of
a better head-to-head over Leverkusen, which also
had six points. Roma drew 0-0 with BATE Borisov.
Valencia eliminated in
Neville's debut as head coach
VALENCIA---Valencia was eliminated from the
Champions League after a 2-0 home loss to Lyon
in new coach Gary Neville s first game in charge.
Maxwel Cornet and Alexandre Lacazette scored a
goal in each half to give already-eliminated Lyon its
first win in the competition this season and end Valen-
cia s chances of advancing to the knockout stage.
Not even a win would have been enough as Gent
defeated Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in Belgium to secure
second place in Group H and a spot in the round of
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TOKYO---Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez
spearhead Barcelona s attempt to win a third Club
World Cup title when the European champions
arrive in Japan next week.
Luis Enrique s squad will play its first game on
December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting
Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league.
The tournament begins today in Yokohama.
Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winner River Plate
are favorites to reach the December 20 final.
Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011
and the Spanish league leaders are clear favorites to
continue Europe s domination.
The tournament, which features the top clubs
from FIFA s six continental confederations plus the
champion of the host country, returns to Japan for
the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco
the previous two years.
Barcelona s Javier Mascherano began his career
at River Plate.
"It s a very important tournament for us," Mascher-
ano said. "Everyone assumes that we and River Plate
are the favorites to reach the final, but we ve got to
play our semifinals first."
Oceania representative Auckland City is returning
to the tournament for the seventh time. Auckland
begins its campaign on Thursday against Japanese
champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Mexico s Club America is representing CONCACAF
and faces Asian champion Guangzhou Evergrande
on Sunday in Osaka.
African champion TP Mazembe takes the winner
of the Auckland City-Sanfrecce Hiroshima match
Barcelona and River Plate enter the tournament
at the semifinal stage. (AP)
for 3rd Club
World Cup title
Chelsea finally celebrate win
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud
(No 12), celebrates with
his teammates Theo
Walcott after scoring
during a Champions
League Group F football
Olympiakos at the
stadium in Piraeus port,
near Athens, yesterday.
...beat Porto 2-0 to qualify for Champions League knockout
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