Re: Football Zone
A very good achievement by Celtic to come second in a difficult group and reach the knockout stages. Nice for the Scottish UEFA coefficient as well. This is the 3rd time in 7 years that Celtic have beaten Benfica to 2nd place in a Champions League group, as they also did it in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 as well.
Funny to see to Chelsea becoming the first defending champions to fail to reach the knockout stages since the group stage was introduced in 1992/1993. Still much better to win the tournament one year and crash out early the next, than to go close but narrowly miss out on the title 2 or more years in a row.
Hopefully Valencia get as generous a draw as possible in the next round. The only time that a La Liga team outside the twin forces of evil reached the last 8 of this competition in the last 5 seasons was Villarreal in 2008/2009.