Barcelona have taken a big step towards qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League courtesy of a 3-1 win over Olympiacos at Camp Nou last night, despite being forced to play more than half of the match with 10 men.
It was one-way traffic from the first whistle in Catalonia, but an own goal from Dimitrios Nikolaou was all they had to show for their dominance before Pique was given his marching orders with three minutes left until the interval.
Second-half strikes from Lionel Messi – his 100th in European competition – and Lucas Digne were enough for Barcelona to maintain their 100% record in Group D, although a late consolation from Nikolaou did see Olympiacos breach the hosts’ defence for the first time in this season’s tournament.
Chelsea survived a sensational fightback from Roma to earn a 3-3 draw in their Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League outfit led through David Luiz and Eden Hazard , but
Aleksandar Kolarov and a double from Edin Dzeko turned the match around in West London. However Hazard’s header 15 minutes from time ensured that Chelsea remained at the top of Group C, and with a five-point cushion over third-place Atletico Madrid.
Manchester United have extended their lead at the top of Group A courtesy of a 1-0 win at Benfica.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the night in the 64th minute, with the England international’s long-range free kick being carried over the line by Benfica’s teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar .
Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 win over Celtic tonight to establish a clear hierarchy in Champions League Group B.
Goals from Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a half-time lead which was extended by Mats Hummels after the break.
Paris Saint-Germain held on to top spot in their Champions League group following a straightforward 4-0 win over Anderlecht in Wednesday night’s encounter at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
UEFA Champions League Results
Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Juventus 2-1 Sporting
Barcelona 3-1 Olympiacos
Anderlecht 0-4 PSG
Benfica 0-1 Man United
Chelsea 3-3 Roma
Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic
CSKA Moscow 0-2 FC Basel