Gary Neville's Valencia crash out as Gent advance

Gary Neville's first match as Valencia boss ended in defeat to Lyon

BELGIUM were celebrating a first club through to the knockout stages of the Champions League in 15 years after Gent beat Group H winners Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 at Ghelamco Arena.

Laurent Depoitre (18) headed the hosts into a first-half lead, only for Artem Dzyuba to equalise as the Russian team chased a sixth straight European victory.

Danijel Milicevic (78) knocked in a late winner to send Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s side through, with bottom club Lyon beating Valencia.

New Valencia boss Gary Neville will now regroup his squad for the Europa League.

Lyon, who had picked up just one point from their previous five Group H matches, went ahead just before half-time through Gnarly Cornet (37), with Alexandre Lacazette (76) wrapping things up late on. 

Bayern Munich  won 2-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb with a brace from Robert Lewandowski (61 and 64). Thomas Muller hit the woodwork with a late penalty but Bayern confirmed top spot in Group F.

Dynamo Kiev will join Chelsea in the last 16 after beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 at home in Group G with a 16th-minute goal from Denys Garmash.

In Group E, Bayer Leverkusen could not find a winner against Barcelona as a 1-1 draw saw the German side fail to qualify.

Leverkusen, who had not won in Europe since matchday one, could have made it through if they bettered Roma’s result against BATE Borisov.

However, although the Italian side were held to a goalless draw, the Bundesliga outfit could not conjure up a winner, despite having plenty of chances in the second half.

Barcelona, who were already through as group winners, went ahead on 20 minutes through Lionel Messi, only for the in-form Javier Hernandez (23) to equalise.


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