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Champions League roundup

Posted: Nov 27, 2020

FC Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich all secured their places in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. They will breathe a sigh of relief with two group matches to spare. Liverpool, meanwhile, registered a surprising 2-0 loss against Atalanta at home. Now, they must wait to confirm their progression.

Chelsea secure spot

In Group E, both Chelsea and Sevilla secured their places in the knockout stages after winning their respective matches. Olivier Giroud's thumping header in injury time helped the English side edge Rennes 2-1 in France, after Serhou Girassy had canceled out Callum Hudson-Odoi's opener for Chelsea.

Sevilla also took it late to defeat Russian side Krasnodar away. Ivan Rakitic put the La Liga side ahead after just four minutes with a long-range effort. However, Wanderson equalized for the hosts early in the second half. Later, a stoppage-time winner from Munir ensured Sevilla got the victory.

Bayern Munich qualify

Bayern Munich qualify
Bayern Munich qualify

Titleholders Bayern Munich qualified easily after a 3-1 win at home to FC Salzburg in Group A. Robert Lewandowski's 71st Champions League strike set the game rolling, with Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane putting the result beyond doubt in favour of the champions. Mergim Berisha managed to score a late consolation goal for Salzburg.

With this result, Bayern will progress to the Round of 16. Second-placed Atletico Madrid were held to a frustrating goalless draw at home to Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A's other fixture.

Real Madrid recover

Real Madrid recover
Real Madrid recover

Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach find themselves at top of Group B after a convincing 4-0 victory against Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk. Lars Stindl's penalty set the ball rolling for Gladbach. Further goals from Nico Elvedi, Breel Embolo and Oscar Wendt enabled the Germans to a romping victory at home.

In Group B's other game, Real Madrid continued their recovery from a poor start to the competition with a 2-0 away win over a troubled Inter Milan. Eden Hazard’s penalty and Arturo Vidal’s two yellow cards inside the 33rd minute made things difficult for Inter. Achraf Hakimi doubled his former employers’ lead after mistakenly putting Rodrygo's cross into his own net. Real now sit second in Group B, with Inter still bottom, without a win and in real danger of failing to progress to the knockout stages.

Manchester City progress

Manchester City secured their progression into next round with their fourth victory in as many matches. Phil Foden's first-half goal was enough to see the Premier League side edge Greek champions Olympiakos 1-0 in Piraeus in the group C encounter.

Porto now look certain to join Manchester City in the round of 16 after beating France’s Marseille 2-0 in the group's other match. Zaidu Sanusi and Sergio Oliveira were among the goals after both sides saw a man sent off from the encounter.

Shock loss for Liverpool

Atalanta stun Liverpool
Atalanta stun Liverpool

It was a shock in group D as leaders Liverpool lost 2-0 at home to Italian side Atalanta. Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored in a five-minute spell in the second half to condemn the Premier League champions to their first defeat in this season's Champions League.

In the other match, Ajax earned an easy 3-1 win against Denmark’s FC Midtjylland after goals from Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui and David Neres secured the three points for the Dutch side. Awer Mabil scored a late consolation penalty in Midtjylland’s lone goal in the match.

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Dortmund continue their impressive form

In group F, Borussia Dortmund continued their impressive form with a 3-0 win over Club Brugge. Erling Haaland’s brace and Jadon Sancho's sublime free-kick registered Dortmund's second win against the Belgians with the same score line.

Ciro Immobile's brace helped Lazio to a 3-1 win at home to Zenit St Petersburg in Group F's other game. Marco Parolo also scored for the Italian side, with Artem Dzyuba scoring Zenit's only goal.

Barcelona seal their spot

With a convincing 4-0 win against Dynamo Kyiv, Barcelona put their domestic woes behind them to seal their place in the knockout stages from group G. Sergino Dest's first goal for Barca opened the proceedings, with a brace from Martin Braithwaite and a late effort from Antoine Griezmann securing an easy win for Barca.

Juventus also ensured themselves of a place in the last 16 with a 2-1 win over Ferencvaros. The Hungarian side took the lead through Myrto Uzuni. Cristiano Ronaldo's thumping strike levelled the terms. It took until stoppage time for the Bianconeri to find a winner, as Alvaro Morata headed home through Denes Dibusz's legs.

Manchester United take revenge

In Group H, Manchester United beat Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1, thus taking revenge after the Turkish side Basaksehir had defeated them on the previous matchday. Bruno Fernandes's brace and a penalty from Marcus Rashford ensured United were in control by half-time. Deniz Turuc pulled one back for Basaksehir. However, Daniel James restored United's three-goal cushion in the final minute.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain reclaimed second place in Group H through Neymar's early penalty, which was enough to see them beat RB Leipzig 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.