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Roma ensured their qualification for the last 16 in Wednesday night's games in the final round of Champions League group games.

The Italian outfit knew a point against CFR Cluj would be enough to ensure progress as they began the evening three points clear of third-placed Basle in Group E.

And that was precisely what they achieved despite leading for over an hour in Transylvania thanks to Marco Borriello's strike, Lacina Traore heading a late equaliser for the Romanians.

Franck Ribery scored twice as group winners Bayern Munich beat Basle 3-0 in the meantime, with Anatoliy Tymoschuk also on the scoresheet.

Spartak Moscow fans shamed 2018 World Cup hosts Russia as flares thrown from their section of the stand forced a 20-minute delay early in their Group F clash at MSK Zilina.

Spartak came from behind to win the game 2-1, Alex and Ibson cancelling out Tomas Oravec's opener before Ibson was sent off.

Ajax made light of the departure of Martin Jol, scoring twice in nine second-half minutes to bow out of the competition on a high with a 2-0 Group G win over AC Milan.

The Eredivisie side will now head into the last 32 of the Europa League having claimed a considerable scalp courtesy of goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Toby Alderweireld.

Milan qualify in second behind Real Madrid, who hammered Auxerre 4-0 thanks to France striker Karim Benzema's hat-trick. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the other goal.

Shakhtar Donetsk secured top spot with a 2-0 win over Braga in Champions League Group H as two late strikes from Razvan Rat and Adriano condemned the Portuguese outfit to a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

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