Today, Wednesday, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Porto confirmed their ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League, while Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona were eliminated.
After qualifying on Tuesday Paris SGBenfica Lisbon from dOrtmund and ChelseaThere are only four spots left for Europe’s “top 16”: Tottenham, AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Leipzig are the best to get it on the last day, next week.
Group A: Liverpool accompanies Napoli
In a difficult season, Liverpool saved some cold sweats with a 3-0 victory at Ajax Amsterdam. This success, thanks to Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Harvey Elliott, achieved the second place for the Reds, who qualified for the Round of 16 for the sixth year in a row.
Jurgen Klopp’s men still have little chance of taking the lead, which is synonymous with placing the seed in the November 7 draw, but that would require a victory over Napoli by a large margin on Tuesday.
A tenacious leader with five wins in five matches qualified, the Italian club impressed again on Wednesday against Glasgow Rangers (3-0).
Group Two: Atletico go out of the gate
In this group B with surprises, Atletico Madrid can bite their fingers after facing Bayer Leverkusen (2-2). Until the 100th minute, Colchoneros believed in it, but Yannick Carrasco missed the final penalty kick that would have kept his club alive in an unrivaled atmosphere.
But with only five points in five matches, Antoine Griezmann’s partners can no longer join Porto (9 points), let alone Brugge (10 points), an unexpected captain.
Their only consolation will be a third place synonymous with the European League, but that will at least require a performance like the Germans on the last day.
Brugge and Porto will compete for first place remotely, with a favorable standings for the Belgians but dynamic in favor of the Portuguese winners in Belgium on Wednesday (4-0).
Group C: Barcelona condemned by Inter
Catalonia hoped for a miracle, but it did not happen. Even before the start of their meeting against Bayern Munich, Barcelona knew the bad news, their exclusion from C1 for the second year in a row.
Inter Milan’s great victory at the beginning of the evening against Plzen (4-0) already led to the freezing of the third place of the Catalans, which he donated to the European League after the disastrous group stage (only one victory).
So it makes sense for Barcelona to lose again, Wednesday at Camp Nou, before Bayern Munich battles more efficiently (3-0) with Sadio Mane, Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting and Benjamin Pavard.
The Bavarians, who have already qualified before the meeting, will see eighth place for the thirteenth consecutive year. And therefore they will be accompanied by Inter players with complete confidence, who on Wednesday found their majestic striker Romelu Lukaku, who returned from injury and goal after only four minutes on the field.
Group D: OM . must win
Eight points for Tottenham, seven for Sporting Lisbon and Frankfurt, and six points Marseille…Group D has not passed its verdict and the four teams can still qualify in the sixth round.
For OM, after two European victories against Lisbon, a comeback was still tough, in Frankfurt, with guilty defensive mistakes. Show goals for Daichi Kamada and Randall Kolo MuwanI. Matteo Guendouzi also scored a great goal, to no avail.
Marseille is now forced to win in the Velodrome against Tottenham on Tuesday, to qualify. With a draw, Marseille will keep the chance to go to the European League, if Frankfurt beat Sporting.
In this Group D, Wednesday night still gave the English a small advantage, as they managed to equalize against the Portuguese (1-1) and even thought they were holding their qualifying before seeing a Harry Kane goal rejected with the help of VAR. time.
A tie would be enough for Londoners in Marseille to experience spring at C1.