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Champions League Round-Up: PSG And Porto Through To Last 16

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EDINSON Cavani’s early goal helped Paris St Germain secure their place in the Champions League last 16 with two games to spare after a 1-0 home win over Apoel Nicosia.

The Uruguay striker Cavani found the back of the net in the first minute to give PSG their second win against Apoel, who are eliminated from Europe’s main club competition.

PSG lead Group F with 10 points from four games ahead of Barcelona, who trail the French champions by one point. Ajax lie third on two points and Apoel are bottom with one.

A second-half Jackson Martínez strike set Porto on their way to a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao, as they join PSG in the second round.

Martínez, who missed a penalty at the end of the first half, was less forgiving after the break and bundled the ball home from close range on 56 minutes.

Yacine Brahimi wrapped up the points with a simple goal with 17 minutes remaining when the Athletic keeper Gorka Iraizoz failed to control a simple back pass.

Porto lead Group H with 10 points from four games while Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat BATE Borisov 5-0, are two points behind.

Athletic qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years but a sorry run of results means they have only one point and are now eliminated.

Athletic were missing the injured Aritz Aduriz and Iker Muniain was fit only as a substitute, while the quality of Porto’s attack meant they could afford to leave Ricardo Quaresma on the bench.

Martínez was inches away from giving them the lead early on when he nipped in at the near post to meet a Danilo cross and shot just wide.

A Maicon free-kick from distance was turned away by Iraizoz and from the resulting corner Martínez headed the wrong side of the post. Porto had a golden chance to go ahead three minutes before the break when Mikel Balenziaga upended Danilo in the box but Martínez failed to find the back of the net with his spot kick. – The Independent

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