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Barca, Atletico with different needs in Tuesday's Champions League ties

07 Diciembre 2017

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Despite dominating the first half, United fell behind on the stroke of half-time when Mario Fernandes crossed for Santos Vitinho to fire in a shot which clipped Alan Dzagoev as it flew into the net with off-field Daley Blind playing him onside.

Again Morata went close to the opener when he stretched to meet Victor Moses' cross, but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak spread himself to block the Spaniard's close-range effort.

Is Lionel Messi the man to avoid in the Champions League knockout stages? They finished the group stages as the second highest scorers in the competition, only behind big spending PSG. In fact no side from the same country can play another at this stage.

Group winners: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Roma, Besiktas.

Antoine Griezmann has returned to his former goal-scoring ways, while Koke's return from injury has given the midfield greater creative spark and the Atletico defense remains as mean as ever.

"It is difficult to explain, but from now on we are just going to concentrate on what is coming, whether it be the Europa League, Copa del Rey or La Liga".

There are still some issues to be resolved in Wednesday night's Champions League games.

It all comes down to the composition of the two pots.

The Blues needed to win to be sure of the number one position in their group.

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.

Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Basel, Real Madrid, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Porto or RB Leipzig.

CSKA drop into the Europa League, while FC Basel reached the last 16 after beating Benfica 2-0 in Lisbon courtesy of goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Dimitri Oberlin.

Barca, Atletico with different needs in Tuesday's Champions League ties