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Midweek Football Review

The knockout stages are set in Europe!

Champions League Group Stage MD 6

Group A

Bayern Munich 2 vs. 0 Lokomotiv Moskva

Sule and Choupo-Moting scored in the 2nd half to seal a routine win for Bayern in a game of no consequence to them. Bayern finish the group stage as the winners having won 5 and drawn 1 while Lokomotiv finish last a point behind Salzburg and are knocked out of Europe.

RB Salzburg 0 vs. 2 Atletico Madrid

Hermoso scored in the 1st half and Carrasco scored in the 86th minute to seal a win for Atletico and progression to the Round of 16 as runners up. Atletico managed 2 wins 3 draws and a loss as they finished 7 points behind Bayern and 5 ahead of Salzburg. Salzburg failed to win which sees them finish 3rd and head to the Europa League. 

Group B

Real Madrid 2 vs. 0 Monchengladbach

Real Madrid had to deliver on the night to reach the Round of 16 and deliver they did as Benzema scored 2 goals in the 1st half to seal a win over Monchengladbach. This meant that Real finished top of the group with 3 wins 1 draw and 2 losses while Monchengladbach finished 2nd in the group level on points with Shakhtar but ahead due to a better head to head recored with the Ukranians. The two teams progress to the Round of 16 and Madrid fans can breathe a sigh of relief. 

Inter Milan 0 vs. 0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter had to win on the night to reach the Europa League at the very least but they couldn’t manage to find the goal as they finished 4th in the table and got knocked out of Europe. Shakhtar also needed to win if they wanted to finish 1st or 2nd but their draw means that they ended up finishing 3rd and drop down to the Europa League.

Group C

Man City 3 vs. 0 Marseille

Torres and Aguero scored in the 2nd half while Gonzalez scored an own goal in the 90th minute to wrap up a comfortable group stage for City. City finish as leaders with 5 wins and a draw while Marseille finish bottom of the group though level on points with 3rd placed Olympiacos. City head to the Round of 16 as group winners yet again. 

Olympiacos 0 vs. 2 Porto

Monteiro scored a penalty in the 10th minute to give Porto the lead while Uribe made it 0-2 in the 77th minute. Olympiacos had Semedo sent off in the 79th minute but regardless of the loss the Greeks still managed to finish 3rd and head to the Europa League. Porto finish the group as runners up and head to the Round of 16. 

Group D

Midtjylland 1 vs. 1 Liverpool

Salah scored in the 1st minute as it looked like it would be a comfortable win for Liverpool but Midtjylland held on and they equalised in the 62nd minute via a penalty from Scholz. The home side manage a memorable point against a big team and just their 2nd of the group stage as they bow out of Europe while Liverpool finish as group winners and head to the Round of 16. 

Ajax 0 vs. 1 Atalanta

After what was a very close game, Gravenberch was sent off for Ajax in the 79th minute and Atalanta managed to steal the win with a goal from Muriel in the 85th minute. Ajax get knocked out of the Champions League yet again as they head to the Europa League while Atalanta manage to once again qualify for the Round of 16. 

Group E

Rennes 1 vs. 3 Sevilla

Kounde scored in the 1st half to give Sevilla the lead while En-Nesyri scored two goals late on in the 2nd half to make it 0-3. Rutter got one back for Sevilla in the 86th minute via a penalty. Rennes get knocked out of Europe as they finish 4th with a solitary point this campaign while Sevilla head to the Round of 16 as they finish 2nd. The Spaniards will be slightly sad as they won’t be able to defend their Europa League crown this season. 

Group F

Zenit 1 vs. 2 Dortmund

Driussi scored in the 16th minute as Zenit were fighting for pride in this group having already been on their way out. Dortmund had to fight hard to get back into the game and goals from Piszczek and Witsel in the 2nd half completed a comeback win for the Germans. Dortmund finish the group as winners and head to the Round of 16. 

Lazio 2 vs. 2 Club Brugge

This game would decide who would finish 2nd and 3rd and it was an entertaining one. Correa scored in the 12th minute to give Lazio the lead but Vormer equalised for Brugge 3 minutes later. Immobile restored Lazio’s lead via a penalty in the 27th minute. Sobol was sent off for Brugge in the 39th minute but a goal from Vanaken in the 76th minute brought Brugge back into the game. Neither team could find the winner. Lazio finish 2nd in the group as they head to the Round of 16 while Brugge head to the Europa League. 

Group G

Barcelona 0 vs. 3 Juventus

Juventus had to beat Barcelona by a minimum of 3 goals without a reply to finish top of the group. Barcelona needed to limit the loss, draw or win to finish as group winners. The game was made all the more exciting as Messi and Ronaldo turned up against each other once again. Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 13th minute while Mckennie scored a brilliant goal in the 20th minute to make it 0-2. Ronaldo then scored a penalty in the 2nd half to seal the win for Juventus and send them top of the group. Barcelona finish 2nd as both the teams head to the Round of 16 with 15 points each. 

Dynamo Kyiv 1 vs. 0 Ferencvaros

An important game for different reasons as the winner would head to the Europa League and a goal from Popov in the 60th minute meant that Kyiv was that lucky team. Ferencvaros are knocked out of Europe all together. 

Group H

RB Leipzig 3 vs. 2 Man United

United had headed into the last 2 games needing a point and after the loss to PSG last week they still needed a point or more from this game. Leipzig had to win to reach the next round. The game was made all the more interesting after it came out that Pogba wanted to leave United. Angelino scored in the 2nd minute to give Leipzig the lead while Haidara made it 2 in the 13th minute. Kluivert made it 3 in the 69th minute as it looked like United were heading to the Europa League. Fernandes got his customary dubious penalty in the 80th minute and a very lucky Konate own goal meant that United ended the game with some hope. Leipzig though finish 2nd as runners up and head to the Round of 16 while United are sent down to the Europa League. 

Paris Saint Germain 5 vs. 1 Istanbul Basaksehir

PSG had to win to reach the Round of 16 while Istanbul were fighting for pride. The game on Tuesday was abandoned after a 4th official used a racial word to describe a player and all 22 players walked off the pitch to show that such things cannot be tolerated. The game resumed on Wednesday as Neymar scored a hattrick and Mbappe added 2 in a big win for PSG. Istanbul got one through Topal. PSG head to the Round of 16 as group winners while Istanbul are sent out of Europe but their message was a massive one to the world of sport and of course they will be thanked for winning against United. 

Europa League Group Stage MD 6

Dundalk 2 vs. 4 Arsenal (Group B)

Nketiah and Elneny scored within 20 minutes to give Arsenal a 0-2 lead while Flores got one back for Dundalk 2 minutes later. Willock and Balogun scored 2 more in the 2nd half while Dundalk got another one through Hoare late on. Arsenal finish the group as winners and with full points as they reach the Round of 32 while Dundalk finish bottom of the group with 0 points. 

Sparta Prague 0 vs. 1 AC Milan (Group H)

Hauge scored in the 23rd minute and Prague had Plechaty sent off in the 77th minute as the solitary goal was enough for the Italians. Milan finish the group as winners as they head to the Round of 32 while Prague finish 3rd in the group and are knocked out. 

Tottenham 2 vs. 0 Antwerp (Group J)

Vinicius and Bale scored in the 2nd half to seal a win for Tottenham against Antwerp. Tottenham finish the group as winners a point ahead of Antwerp as they finish 2nd and both teams head to the Round of 32. 

Leicester 2 vs. 0 AEK Athens (Group G)

Under and Barnes scored within 15 minutes and it was enough as Leicester won the game comfortably. Leicester finish the group as winners as they end up ahead of Braga due to better head to head results. Athens finish bottom of the group. 

So with that sorted the summary of teams in the Knockout Rounds is – 

Champions League 

Group Winners – Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Dortmund, Juventus, PSG. 

Runner Ups – Atletico Madrid, Monchengladbach, Porto, Atalanta, Sevilla, Lazio, Barcelona, Leipzig. 

Europa League

CL Drop Outs – Salzburg, Shakhtar, Olympiacos, Ajax, Krasnodar, Club Brugge, Dynamo Kyiv, Man United. 

Group Winners – Roma, Arsenal, Leverkusen, Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, Napoli, Leicester, AC Milan, Villarreal, Tottenham, Dinamo Zagreb, Hoffenheim. 

Runner Ups – Young Boys, Molde, Slavia Praha, Benfica, Granada, Real Sociedad, Braga, Lille, Tel-Aviv, Antwerp, Wolfsberg, Red Star Belgrade. 

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