Inter ratified their ticket for the eighth match against Viktoria Plzen tonight, eliminating Barcelona in the process. For its part, Porto managed to beat Brugge and can still take first place in Group B.
There was a match that was logically followed all over the world and not only in the Czech Republic and Italy: this duel between Inter and Viktoria Plzen. And for good reason, the Inter Milan victory saw Milan not only qualify for eighth place, but also disqualify Barcelona, even before Barcelona set foot on the Camp Nou to challenge Bayern at 9pm. Inter, who won the first match 2-0, had little trouble getting into the match. Despite being eliminated, his evening opponent played the match and provided an opponent, neutralizing Milan harmless during the first 20 minutes of the match. Gradually, however, the locals started to show that they were really superior, and Stanek issued a superb double save to Demarco and then on Mkhitaryan to block the opening (24).
After some other hot positions, through Dzeko or Lautaro Martinez, it was the Armenian midfielder who would score. On a cross from Acerbi, at the far post, he hit a felt header to put it ahead (1-0, 35). A logical start, and the internal dominance will continue… Until this goal of the break is achieved, Victoria’s hopes as well as those of FC Barcelona will be definitively drowned out. And so Demarco pivoted in the direction of Dzeko, who just had to push the ball deep (2-0, 42).
The second act resumed in a similar scenario, and Mkhitaryan perturbed after a blow in front of the roof (55th place). Lautaro Martinez also missed a good position (57th place). It must be said that Stanek performed very well in the cages of the Czech team, and the result could have been more dangerous if he had not launched some decisive performances. If there was still a need, Edin Dzeko certainly killed all the thrill by providing a brace for himself, with the ball well placed into the small net from the penalty spot (3-0, 66). Even Romelu Lukaku, who came into play after a two-month absence, joined the party by signing Milan’s fourth goal, in the 87th minute, with a powerful kick after a plea in the back of the defense. Three points give Inter a ticket to eighth place, even if Bayern stay two points ahead and one game less. Barcelona will not play the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second year in a row.
In the other meeting held earlier this evening, we were entitled to engage in a duel between Bruges, revealing this group stage, and Porto. The Belgians have already qualified, they had to secure the first place in front of the Portuguese, the second but they are not yet sure of being eighth. And it was the Lusitans who hit hard, winning 4-0. After dominating the debates for the first half hour, it was Mehdi Tarmi who was served by Ottavio, crucified Mignolet (1-0, 33). It wasn’t serious, the Belgians couldn’t really put the Portuguese national team in trouble. Only, at the beginning of the second half, David Carmo gave a penalty to the locals. Diogo Costa fired Vanaken’s first attempt… to be withdrawn… and the Portuguese goalkeeper fired it again against Lang this time! A decisive double stop, especially since Evanelson fell behind 2-0 (2-0, 57), and Ostaccio practically ended the match after a few minutes (3-0, 60). Taremi even offered himself a double (4-0, 70). The first goals that Brugge have conceded this season in Europe, and thus the Belgians see Porto’s return to a small point.