Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel, got among the goals for English Barclays Premier League club, Chelsea, in what represents his first goal in the Uefa Champions League.
Since joining the London club, Mikel had only scored four goals in the league and Cup competitions in England but the midfielder netted in the 56th minute in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Interestingly, Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, opted to start Mikel as well as Serbian midfielder, Nemanja Matic, who has been the reason the Nigerian has seen limited action with the Blues.
Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle gave Chelsea a two-goal lead inside the opening 16 minutes before Paulo Oliveira halved the Blues’ lead five minutes into the second half.
But Mikel made the game safe for Chelsea when he tapped in from inches to give the London club a 3-1 win after it appeared Sporting were braced up for a fightback.
Mikel’s goal, which is rarity, produced a chorus of ‘John Obi Mikel, he scores when he wants’ from Stamford Bridge faithful.
The goal was Mikel’s fifth since he joined Chelsea in 2006, reports supersport.com.
Mikel has 109 minutes of UEFA Champions League football under his belt after playing in two matches in the competition for Chelsea this season and scoring once.
Manchester City also qualified for the Champions League last 16 for a second successive season as a win at Roma put them through alongside Group E winners Bayern Munich.
Samir Nasri scored from 25 yards after the break before Pablo Zabaleta fired in from close range.
Earlier Joe Hart tipped Gervinho’s strike wide before touching Kostas Manolas’s header onto the post.
Bayern beat CSKA Moscow 3-0 to confirm City’s qualification.
And in the stand out fixture of the night, Barcelona beat PSG 3-1 to ensure they topped the group ahead of the Parisian outfit. Both teams made it to the knock out stage of the world’s most lucrative competition for club sides.
Bayern Mun 3 – 0 CSKA
Roma 0 – 2 Man City
Ajax 4 – 0 Apoel Nic FT
Barcelona 3 – 1 Paris St G
Chelsea 3 – 1 Sporting
NK Maribor 0 – 1 Schalke
Ath Bilbao 2 – 0 BATE Bor
FC Porto 1 – 1 Shakt Donsk