The UEFA Champions League has produced some of the biggest shocks and some massive drama this gameweek as 32 top clubs battled it out to progress to the knock out phase. A total of 49 goals were scored in the 16 matches across the continent, provided one match involved 12 goals.
Arsenal drew against PSG at home 2-2. Ludogorets drew at home against FC Basel as both sides were unable to break the deadlock. Arsenal and PSG both are through to the next round, with PSG are slight favorites to top the group.
Napoli were held at home by Dynamo Kyiv into a goalless draw. In Turkey, Besiktas made an astonishing comeback from 3-0 down to make it 3-3 against Benfica. This group is as close as it gets with Napoli and Benfica tied on 8 points, and Besiktas just 1 point behind of them in the 3rd place.
Celtic hosted Barcelona and were beaten by the Catalans 2-0 as both goals were scored by Lionel Messi. Manchester City travelled to Borussia park and were held to a 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. Barcelona have secured the top spot in the group and Manchester City have secured their progression as group runners up.
The shock of the Champions League this season came from Russia as FC Rostov stunned 5 time champions Bayern Munchen in a 5 goal thriller, the result being 3-2 in favour of the newcomers of the competition. Atletico Madrid were comfortable winners against PSV 2-0. Atletico Madrid have cruised so far this season in their group with 5 straight wins and they secured top spot in the group. Rostov’s win over Bayern means they have a chance to qualify for the Europa League.
CSKA Moskva managed to salvage a point at home against Bayer Leverkusen. Monaco won 2-1 at home against a hapless Spurs outfit, which ensured Spurs are out of the Champions League. Monaco are through as group leaders, while Bayer Leverkusen to follow them.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming was sweet as his Real Madrid secured a 2-1 victory over Sporting CP, with goals from Varane and Benzema. There was delirium in Dortmund as Borussia Dortmund were 8-4 winners over Legia Warszawa. Marco Reus were back in the score sheet for the Germans after returning from injury. Dortmund and Real both are through but the top spot will be decided on the final gameweek.
Leicester secured their next round adventure with a home win against Belgian side Club Brugge. Kobenhavn drew at home against FC Porto to keep their hopes alive. Leicester are through as group champions, while both Kobenhavn and Porto can qualify. Brugge are out of this year’s Champions League.
Sevilla suffered a sore defeat at home in the hands of Juventus. Pareja gave them the lead, but Marchisio scored from spot to level it up. Bonucci and later Mandzukic added to secure crucial 3 points for Juventus. Olympique Lyonnais got a huge away victory in Zagreb to secure at least Europa League progression. Lacazette scored the solitary goal of the match. It’s nicely poised as Juventus are current leaders with 11 points and Sevilla just behind them with 10 points. Lyon are on 7 points and a win over Sevilla in the final gameweek with more than 1 goal margin will secure their progression to the Champions League knockout phase.
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