UEFA Champions League Group stage is coming to an end. The fifth game was played on Tuesday and Wednesday leaving only one match before we know the final 16 teams. Manchester United 1-0 defeat against Basel was the biggest shock of the night. We also look at who went through last night to join PSG, Tottenham, Manchester City, Real Madrid among others.
Red Devils haunting Man United
Manchester United only needed a point to go through to the last 16 but Basel had other ideas. The Red Devils dominated the match for 90 minutes but Michael Lang 89th minute tap-in has changed everything.
The Premier League side wasted too many chances in the match early on. The match ended with Marcus Rashford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku on the pitch but still, they could not find a goal.
Jose Mourinho side will still have to play their best players in two weeks time against CSKA Moscow to get over the line. A draw is all they needed on Wednesday night but they just could not get it. The Russian side and Basel now have 9 points each. This means that all three teams can still qualify.
‘Strange game,’ said Mourinho.
‘I think we play a match like this 10 times and nine we win comfortably. The one was now.’
‘Daley was blaming himself, but it’s totally unfair,’ said Mourinho. ‘I refuse that situation because we are a team and in the first half we should be winning five or six-nil.
‘That was not Daley’s fault, for sure, so we put ourselves in this position.’
Chelsea silence critics to join Man City and Spurs in the last 16
Chelsea thrashed Qarabag 4-0 to book their place in the last 16. The goals were scored by Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas through penalties as well as Willian who netted twice. The Blues lost their last match against AS Roma but they did not have the same problems last night. The hosts were reduced to 10-man early on in the match when Rashad Sadygov was shown a straight red card.
Antonio Conte side is not top of Group C with 10 points. Roma follows closely with 8 points despite losing 2-0 to Atletico Madrid who takes position three with six points. FK Qarabag has only two points. The final game will decide who between Diego Simeone and the Rome side drops to Europa League. The La Liga side needs a miracle at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern and Barcelona back to where they belong in the last 16
Barcelona and Juventus could not score against each other in Turin last night. The 0-0 results favored the visitors because that’s all they needed to finish the job. They are through to the last 16 as Group D winners. Lionel Messi started on the bench and he did not change much when he came on.
Juventus will need to beat Olympiakos in their final game to book their place in the last sixteen. This must be pegged on Catalans beating Sporting Lisbon. The Serie A side has 8 points, one more than the Portuguese side going to the last match.
Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso scored to help Bayern Munich beat Anderlecht 2-1 to reach the last sixteen as Group B runners-up. The Bavarian has not lost a single match in all competitions since they were thrashed 3-0 by PSG in matchday two. It is the result that led to the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti and the return of Jupp Heynckes. They have collected 12 points, 3 behind the Paris side.
PSG set a new goal record in UEFA Champions League Group Stage
PSG hammered Celtic 7-1 in Paris to break Champions League Group Stage record set by Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17 season. The Ligue 1 side was shocked to go down 1-0 after 56 seconds but they responded with a force not seen by Brendan Rogers before.
The French giants responded through a quick double from Neymar, then Cavani and Mbappe followed suit, Marco Verrattti continued the rout and it is the only time that could stop them. They have now 24 in five matches. The previous record was 21. They still have one final game against Bayern Munich to stretch that record further.