| Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring one of his two goals, on Tuesday |
London: Holders Bayern Munich eased past CSKA Moscow 3-1, on Wednesday, to set a Champions League record with their 10th straight victory in the competition. The Bavarians have already qualified for the knockout stage.
Arjen Robben, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller were the scorers.
On Tuesday, Chelsea reached the knockout stage on Tuesday despite a 0-1 defeat by Basel in Group E after a late Mohamed Salah goal shocked the 2012 title winners with Jose Mourinho saying they deserved to lose.
Barcelona, without Lionel Messi but already into the last 16, went two goals down in Amsterdam but looked a different side in the second half after Ajax’s Joel Veltman was sent off.
Xavi pulled a goal back but Ajax held on to inflict Barca’s first defeat this season under new coach Gerardo Martino and the Dutch side now visit AC Milan next month with all to play for. Milan thrashed Celtic 3-0 away and have eight points to Ajax’s seven in Group H after ending the Glasgow side’s hopes.
Three sides in Group F — Arsenal, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund — all still harbour hopes of reaching the last 16. Arsenal have 12 points after beating visitors Olympique Marseille 2-0 thanks to a double from England midfielder Jack Wilshere, while Dortmund join Napoli on nine points after beating the Italians 3-1.
Arsenal travel to Napoli on Dec. 11 while Dortmund play at Marseille, who have yet to earn a point and have now lost eight successive Champions League matches over two seasons.
Mourinho’s Chelsea failed to manage a shot on goal in the first half against Basel who themselves could not find a way past Petr Cech to make their dominance count.
The visitors were little better in the second period and Salah made them pay in the 87th minute, the Egyptian collecting a long pass and lifting the ball over Cech for the winner. Basel’s double triumph over the English side gives them eight points, one fewer than Chelsea.
Wilshere put Arsenal in front after 30 seconds with a superb curled shot. He gave Arsenal breathing space with a second after 65 minutes and they coasted home.