The fifth day of the Champions League has begun. Manchester United, the defending champion, qualified for the 1/8 final after beating Villarreal and Juventus. Aster Franks (Wolfsburg) went down to Seville, and Barcelona did not get past Benfica’s Jan Vertonghen.
In this group, group leaders Bayern Munich actually beat Dinamo Kiev earlier in the evening. The Germans have already qualified for the eighth finals. The fight for the second card was between Barcelona who acquired Benfica from Jan Vertonghen and Roman Jarimchuk (formerly AA Gent). After the derby win over Espanyol, new coach Xavi wanted to draw the line before the end of the first half, but that essentially led to a futile goalless domination before the end of the first half. Not much has changed after the break. Barcelona wanted but could not, Benfica filled the gaps and held on. The decision on who will accompany Bayern to the 1/8 final will be on the final day when Barcelona must visit Bayern Munich. Difficult, very difficult.
- Position 1/8 UEFA Champions LeagueBayern Munich, the second card goes between Barcelona and Benfica.
- European League: Barcelona Benfica
- Turn off: Dynamo Kiev
Ronaldo managed alone to avoid the crisis in Manchester United. Was United any good? No! Was there a team on the field? Absolutely. This paid off in the second half. After good pressure from Fred, the ball reached Cristiano Ronaldo, who beat the local goalkeeper with a superb shot after Bruno Fernandes entered the field. Suddenly the machine turned. Rashford had another chance, but it was Jadon Sancho who sealed the match in the 90th minute: 0-2, relieved for United and qualifying for the next round.
In the second match, the former Atalanta of Genghis Mehli and Malinowski, both of them at the start, had to visit the Young Boys from Bern. With this win, the Italians jumped Villarreal to second place. Duvan Zapata understood the message well and quickly set the zero goal against the ropes after a pass from… Swiss Remo Freuler. Shortly before the break, everything had to be rebuilt: Sepacho brought Young Boys to his side. Atalanta realized the importance of winning and immediately took the lead again after the break. What followed was a crazy final stage. The Swiss came out 3-2, but Atalanta still scored the equalizer, and Atalanta and Villarreal decide on the last day of the match who can go to the 1/8 final.
- 1/8 Champions League mode: Manchester United. For the second ticket, it goes between Villarreal and Atalanta
- European League: Villareal, Atalanta from Young Boys
- Turn off: no one yet
In Group G everything was and is still open. Leader RB Salzburg had to visit Lille Jonathan David (formerly AA Gent), Wolfsburg’s pursuit without corona infection, as Queen Castells sought his luck at the Seville stadium. Well at base with the Germans: Aster Franks. For 19-year-old KV Mechelen, it was the third base spot in the championship ball. Franks couldn’t avoid that Sevilla took the lead early on via Jordan. At Lille, Jonathan David quickly gave the home team the lead. His compatriot Amadou Onana came in the first half and the result did not change. At Wolfsburg, striker Dodi Lukbakio replaced Franks but he was also unable to turn the tide. Sevilla scored the decisive goal 2-0 in stoppage time.
- Position 1/8 UEFA Champions League: no one yet
- European LeagueOnly the group leader, Lille, is sure of his place at least in the Europa League
- Turn off: no one yet
Finally, in Group H, the already seeded Juventus had to play a match at the stadium of defending champions Chelsea, the second seed in the group. Provided that Chelsea win, with Lukaku on the bench, it would also guarantee them a place at 1/8. The Italians agreed, with 19-year-old Connie de Winter on the bench, and left the initiative to the Blues from London. This led to Trevoh Shaloba’s opening goal midway through the first half. Morata equalized immediately, but Thiago Silva made an amazing save. In the first 10 minutes after the break, the lackluster Italians finally counted. First Reece James and shortly thereafter Hudson-Odoi secured a reassuring lead and qualified for the 1/8 Final. A striking fact in Juventus only: 19-year-old Kone de Winter was allowed to make his debut in the main force of Juventus ten minutes before the start of the whistle. There are worse places to spend the first minutes. Unfortunately, he could not prevent substitute Timo Werner from reaching the score 4-0 in the final stage.
And in the second match, Malmö received the Swedish Zenith St. Petersburg. The Swedes scored their first goal in this campaign with Rex. Zenith came up with a penalty in the final stage despite one man’s weakness, a goal that gives them certainty about the Europa League. Malmö was completely eliminated despite the first point.
- Position 1/8 UEFA Champions League: Juventus and Chelsea
- European League: Zenith St. Petersburg
- Turn off: Malmo
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