International Soccer
                   === Drogba sends Chelsea into last 16 ===
 London,  England (Sports Network) - Didier Drogba scored twice and assisted on
 a third from  Ramires to lead Chelsea into the Champions League knockout stage
 with a 3-0 win over Valencia on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.
 Chelsea and Valencia entered the last matchday in Group E even on eight points
 for second place, but Drogba helped settle the match early with a goal after 3
 minutes and an assist on Ramires' strike in the 22nd.
 Drobga added his second goal in the 76th, also his third of the tournament, as
 Chelsea went from the verge of elimination to group winners. Bayer Leverkusen,
 which beat Chelsea two weeks ago, tied Genk 1-1 to surrender the top spot.
 Leverkusen, which  previously clinched  advancement, followed Chelsea into the
 last 16 as the second-place team from Group E. Valencia grabbed third and will
 enter the Europa League in the last 32.
 Although  Chelsea could have advanced with a scoreless draw, Drogba eliminated
 that possibility early and made sure the Blues gave themselves a chance at new
 life in the knockout stage.
 Drogba took a pass from Juan Mata on the left side of the box, cut back to his
 left to open space against Valencia's Antonio Barragan and drove a left-footed
 off goalie Diego Alves' left hand and just inside the right post.
 Jordi  Alba hit the left post and David Albelda forced a diving save from Petr
 Cech as Valencia  looked to equalize, but Chelsea added its second goal before
 the half-hour mark to take control of the match.
 Drogba played Ramires into the box on the left side, allowing the Brazilian to
 hustle around Victor Ruiz for an open chance on Alves that he converted to the
 near post from deep inside the area.
 Daniel Sturridge nearly added a third for Chelsea minutes later, then Valencia
 made a last  chance to get back in the match early in the second half but Cech
 made another fine save.
 Chelsea  sealed the match when Mata played Drogba through in the 76th, and the
 hitman shot with the outside of his right foot to leave Alves no chance as the
 Blues sealed a berth in the knockout stage for the ninth straight year.
 Marseille 3, Borussia Dortmund 2
 Dortmund,  Germany  - Andre Ayew and Mathieu Valbuena scored late as Marseille
 overcame an  early two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory over Bundesliga champion
 Borussia  Dortmund on Tuesday at Signal Iduna Park to advance to the Champions
 League knockout stage.
 Olympiacos took an early lead in its Group F game against group winner Arsenal
 and was positioned for second place and the last 16, but Loic Remy scored with
 seconds left in the first half and Ayew and Valbuena added late goals.
 Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mats Hummels handed Dortmund the quick two-goal lead,
 but with the German side needing a lopsided win to have any chance to advance,
 Marseille followed with the next three goals to secure its knockout spot.
 Ayew scored his goal off a corner, as he turned Morgan Amalfitano's cross into
 the top-right  corner from close range. Valbuena followed with his goal off an
 assist from Djimi Traore, as he also found the upper right.
 Marseille  finished second behind Arsenal, and Dortmund finished on the bottom
 of the group and was eliminated from European competition.
 FC Porto 0, Zenit 0
 Porto,  Portugal - Zenit held FC Porto  to a 0-0 draw at  Estadio do Dragao in
 Group G of the  Champions League  on Tuesday to secure a berth in the knockout
 Zenit  entered the match with a one-point cushion over Porto for second place,
 and  escaped the trip  to Portugal with the point it needed to qualify for the
 last 16.
 Porto  finished third  and dropped into the Europa League, where it can defend
 its title.
 APOEL  from Cyprus ended first in the group despite a loss Tuesday to Shakhtar
 Donetsk, as Group G produced two of the surprise round of 16 teams.
 Barcelona 4, BATE 0
 Barcelona, Spain - Pedro scored twice and Sergi Roberto and Martin Montoya had
 goals as defending European  champion Barcelona capped an unbeaten run through
 Champions League Group H with a 4-0 win over BATE on Tuesday at the Camp Nou.
 Barcelona, which previously clinched first place and a knockout berth from the
 group, fielded a young lineup, but the Spanish champions had little trouble in
 the match against the winless Belarusians.
 Barca  finished atop the group with five wins and a draw from six games, while
 BATE picked up just two points - both draws against Viktoria Plzen.
 Roberto bagged the first goal after 35 minutes for Barca, and Isaac Cuenca set
 up the following two goals in a quick stretch of the second half. Montoya sent
 a shot into net in the 60th, and Pedro in the 65th.
 Pedro notched the  fourth goal with a penalty in the 88th. BATE was eliminated
 from European competition.
 Olympiacos 3, Arsenal 1
 Piraeus, Greece - Rafik Djebbour, David Fuster and Francois Modesto all scored
 as Olympiacos defeated Arsenal 3-1 on Tuesday in Champions League Group F play
 at Karaiskakis Stadium, but settled for third place and a Europa League spot.
 Olympiacos  needed a win  and for Marseille to  lose to Borussia Dortmund, but
 the French side rallied  for a 3-2 win. Olympiacos still moved to third to get
 new life in the Europa, which takes the third-place finisher from each group.
 Arsenal,  which got its goal from Yossi Benayoun, previously clinched first in
 the group and a knockout berth.
 AC Milan 2, Viktoria Plzen 2
 Prague, Czech  Republic - Brazilians Pato and Robinho both scored early in the
 second half, but AC Milan settled for a 2-2 draw against Viktoria Plzen in its
 Champions League Group H finale Tuesday at Synot Tip Arena.
 Pato scored 2 minutes into the second half off an assist from Robinho and then
 returned the favor 2 minutes later. But David Bystron scored with 2 minutes to
 go in normal time and Michal Duris scored 3 minutes into extra time for Plzen.
 The Italian side previously clinched advancement and could not catch Barcelona
 for first place. Viktoria  Plzen maintained third, and moves into the knockout
 stage of the Europa League.
 Genk 1, Bayer Leverkusen 1
 Genk, Belgium - Bayer Leverkusen surrendered first place in Group E on Tuesday
 as it  settled for a 1-1 draw against  Genk at Cristal  Arena in the Champions
 Jelle  Vossen fired the Belgian side in front on the half-hour, and Leverkusen
 was only able to equalize through Eren Derdiyok 12 minutes from time.
 Leverkusen entered the match with a one-point cushion on Chelsea and Valencia,
 but  the English side moved atop the group with a 3-0 win over Valencia. Bayer
 finished second. Valencia finished third to fall into the Europa League.
 Genk finished last and was eliminated from European competition.
 Shakhtar Donetsk 2, APOEL 0
 Nicosia,  Cyprus - APOEL lost its final match in Champions League Group G play
 to Shakhtar  Donetsk on Tuesday at GSP Stadium, 2-0, but the Cyprus club still
 ended as surprise winners of the group.
 APOEL held a one-point lead on Russian side Zenit for first entering the final
 matchday, and although Zenit earned a draw to secure its last 16 spot, it held
 onto first on a tiebreaker.
 APOEL and  Zenit finished level on nine points, but APOEL had a win and a draw
 in the two matches against Zenit. Luiz Adriano and Yevhen Seleznyov scored for
 Shakhtar, which finished fourth and was eliminated from European play.
 12/06 17:16:11 ET

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