Champions League: Chelsea on brink as Barca, Bayern qualify

Barcelona

"My aim was just to get the ball, create chances and that we win the game, that is what is important," said the Argentine icon.

"We knew we couldn't afford to make mistakes after what happened against Celtic and that we had to go out strongly even though it is difficult to play away in this competition."

Barca had lost their previous away match at Celtic 2-1, despite dominating possession but were unable to make the most of their chances.

"Against Celtic we had the same number of opportunities but sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't," said coach Tito Vilanova.

"Everyone talks about Leo, the goals and the records but it is more his awareness and tactics. The way he defends and attacks and helps the team in all areas."

Barca qualify as Group G winners on 12 points, with Celtic and Benfica fighting it out for the all-important runners-up spot with both teams on seven points after the Portuguese side's 2-1 win in Lisbon.

In Celtic's favour however is the fact that in the closing games Benfica are at the Nou Camp to take on Barca while Celtic have a potentially easier assignment against already eliminated Spartak.

"I'm disappointed with the two goals we conceded. There was a lack of composure, a nervousness about us at times on the ball. It is a young team and this is a difficult place to come and play football," manager Neil Lennon said.

"We have one more crack at it against Spartak and we live to fight another day," added the Northern Irishman.

In Group F, Valencia took to the pitch against Bayern in the happy knowledge that they were through to the next round as a result of Lille's earlier 2-0 win at BATE Borisov.

A 1-1 draw in Spain earned Bayern qualification from the group as well.

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