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Bayern seek passage

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MUNICH — Bayern Munich, the team that Chelsea beat on penalties in last season’s Champions League football final, have a tricky trip to Spanish side Valencia, in a rematch of the 2001 final which the Germans won in a penalty shootout.

Report by Supersport

Bayern and Valencia are locked on nine points apiece, but with Belarus side BATE Borisov breathing down their necks on six points and all but guaranteed three points when they host pointless and hapless French side Lille neither can afford a slip-up.

A win for either Valencia or Bayern would see the victor join the one side playing tonight already assured of a place in the Last 16, Manchester United, who are also certain to top their group.

Celtic’s victory over Barcelona restored the “thunder” to Parkhead according to manager Neil Lennon, but that will be quickly forgotten should they fail to progress to the knockout stages.

Given that their 3-2 win in Moscow over a 10-man Spartak side was their first ever away win in 21 Champions League away trips it hardly augurs well for their visit to Lisbon and a Benfica team that still harbours hopes of qualifying themselves.

Celtic presently trail Barcelona by two points, but hold a three point advantage over the Portuguese outfit while Spartak, who host the Spanish giants, are a further point adrift.

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