After Kylian Mbappe’s opening goal (50) for Paris Saint-Germain, it appeared that the French capital club could shake off the turmoil surrounding coach Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer rumors. But Raheem Sterling (63rd) and Gabriel Jesus (76th) led the Citizens to victory. They responded at home to a 2-0 defeat in Paris at the end of September. They actually got the upper hand twice (2-1 and 2-0) against PSG in the pre-season semi-finals. The Parisians could no longer be replaced by second place, as RB Leipzig took a 5-0 (4-0) win over Club Brugge.
Guardiola’s team was the most dangerous team from the start. Ilkay Gündogan hit the crossbar (33), but PSG made it 1-0 against the course of the match. From Lionel Messi, after a nice teamwork with Ander Herrera, the ball reached Kylian Mbappe, who remained calm in front of the goal (50). The city is back. Raheem Sterling scored the equalizer, to finish in the far corner after some great preparatory work by forward Kyle Walker (62). Walker also started in 2-1 with a cross pass, completed by Gabriel Jesus, served by Bernardo Silva, (76).
Leipzig scored their first top-flight win of the season with a solid substitution, but they can now at least speculate a move to the Europa League. Coach Jesse Marsh was absent after testing positive for coronavirus, as there were several regulars, ÖFB’s corps Konrad Laimer was there. Mars representative Achim Berlorzer celebrated goals by Christopher Nkunku (12, 93), Emil Forsberg (17/Elver, 45+1) and Andre Silva (26).
Alaba gets hit and has to come out hit
In group D, the first two positions were also awarded. Real Madrid responded with a 3-0 (2-0) victory over Sherif Tiraspol to a surprise 1-2 in the first leg. Alaba scored his first goal for Real Madrid with a skewed free kick (30), Toni Kroos (45 + 1) and Karim Benzema (55). Alaba had to be substituted in the 65th minute. The Vienna team grabbed his knee, but Real coach Carlo Ancelotti gave everything after the end of the match.
The torsion should be slight. “It doesn’t look that bad. He doesn’t feel too much pain. We hope he plays on Sunday,” the Italian said. Then the Madridists meet in the league against Sevilla, Salzburg’s next opponent from CL.
With the win, Real also led Inter to the knockout stage. Milan had previously won at home against Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 and is still two points behind the coaches.
The winner of the Inter match was the routine striker Edin Dzeko, who scored both goals for Inter after the first half (61, 67). Dzeko hit the left corner with a powerful long-range shot. Six minutes later, the Bosnian managed to head Ivan Perisic’s cross from close range. The final round in Madrid is all about winning the group.
Milan makes it exciting, Dortmund fails
Liverpool already has it in their pocket. The “Reds” held out after their 2-0 victory over Porto, which was determined by Thiago (52) and Mohamed Salah (70) after the end of the first half, as did Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam with the maximum number of points after five rounds. Behind them in the last round are Porto (5 points), Milan and Atlético Madrid (4 each) vying for promotion. Milan kept their chances alive with a 1-0 win over Atlético. Substitute Junior Messiah scored the golden goal in the 87th minute with a header.
On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund had to cancel the sails. Dortmund lost the “final” in Sporting Lisbon without their injured goalkeeper Erling Haaland 1: 3. The BVB did not reward itself in the early stages, goals scored by Portuguese champion Pedro Goncalves (30, 39) and a penalty kick from Pedro Boro’s header (81). After a red foul by Dortmund Emery Kahn (74), a package was formed, dropped 1:3 by Donyell Malen (93) too late. Dortmund has to make do with moving to the second round of the European League.
Eleven players out of the 16 players in the round have been selected
Before the final round of the CL group stage, eleven of the Round of 16 were decided in the Round of 16. Defending champions Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern, Juventus, Turin and Ajax have already booked their places in the playoffs before Wednesday. The Amsterdam team also secured victory in the group with a 2-1 victory over Besiktas Istanbul. After an early deficit, substitute in the break Sebastian Haller turned the match with a double (54, 69). The 27-year-old closed in with nine goals to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on CL’s shooting list.
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