Champions League: Chelsea and Arsenal make it through to last 16

    Story highlights

    • Chelsea defeats Porto to qualify for knockout stage
    • Arsenal progresses after win over Olympiacos
    • Messi on target for Barcelona again
    • Valencia lose in Neville's first game

    (CNN)It was supposed to be a week when England was caught up in a football crisis -- in the end it never materialized.

    England will have three representatives in the last 16 of the Champions League after Chelsea and Arsenal eased through to the knockout phase.
      Manchester United might have fluffed their lines Tuesday but the two London clubs will be in Monday's draw along with Manchester City, which finished top of its group.
        Spain is the only other country which has three clubs also through to the next stage while Germany and Italy have two.
        Chelsea, which has endured a miserable season in the Premier League, claimed a 2-0 win over Porto at Stamford Bridge to finish top of Group G.
        Arsenal, which needed to win by any scoreline except 1-0 or 2-1, to qualify, defeated Olympiacos 3-0 in Greece courtesy of Olivier Giroud's hat-trick.
        It means Arsenal finishes in second place in Group F, behind Bayern Munich, which defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in Croatia.

        Chelsea through

        Chelsea's place in the last-16 had been in doubt going into the final group game against Porto.
        A year ago, the situation could scarcely have been so different.
        Chelsea cruised through its qualification group without defeat and into the last-16 while on their way to the Premier League title.
        Who's through to the last 16?

        Who's through to the last 16?

        Group winners: Real Madrid, Wolfsburg, Atleico Madrid, Man City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Zenit

        Group runners-up: PSG, PSV, Benfica, Juventus, Roma, Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev, Gent.

        Now, 12 months later, it found themselves needing to gain at least a point from its final game to qualify for the knockout phase.
        Last Saturday it suffered the ignominy of losing at home to minnow Bournemouth -- a result which left it in 14th position.
        Such is Chelsea's demise this season that it is 17 points behind Premier League leader, Leicester City, which it plays on Monday.