Champions League Matchday 5: City’s Comeback, Lazio’s Qualification, and PSG’s Last Minute Equalizer

After 5 match days there is more clarity about who can dream of more in the Champions League. Manchester City is the group winner, but it needed a strong comeback against RB Leipzig. Loïs Openda scored twice, but City won 3-2. There is also good news for Lazio, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona. In Paris they breathe a sigh of relief again.

group E

In the early evening, Lazio Roma did what it had to do: win against red lantern Celtic. After a difficult match, in which Celtic did not easily give up, substitute and goal machine Ciro Immobile won the home team over the line. Lazio is doing a great job and has qualified for the next round together with Atlético Madrid. Celtic are completely exhausted.

In the other match in group E, Atlético also did what it had traveled to Rotterdam for: won and qualified. Atlético and Axel Witsel received help twice from Feyenoord, who scored two own goals. Hermoso scored the goal of the evening. Feyenoord is certain of the Europa League thanks to the loss to Celtic. The prize winner tonight was Axel Witsel, who becomes the Belgian record holder with his 76th Champions League match.

group F

AC Milan has suffered a painful defeat at home. However, the message was clear: don’t lose to keep your chances of qualifying. Dortmund turned out to be too much for the home team, who missed a penalty in the opening phase. Dortmund has qualified for the 1/8th finals, Milan will travel to Newcastle on the last matchday where they must win.

PSG was able to save its skin at the last minute tonight. The French national champion still has everything in his own hands and will travel to placed Dortmund next match day. Kylian Mbappe scored the deserved equalizer from the spot in added time. If Newcastle wants to qualify, it must win against Milan and hope to lose points to PSG.

group G

We couldn’t believe our eyes after 45 minutes. Loïs Openda had given Leipzig a double lead and brought City to their knees. A reborn home team put things in order in the second half with Jeremy Doku between the lines. Thanks to the victory, City is certain of the group win. Leipzig, already qualified for the 1/8th finals, has to settle for 2nd place.

The stakes of the match between Young Boys and Red Star Belgrade were very clear in advance: a place in the Europa League and European wintering. Young Boys understood that message best and provided a reassuring lead in the first half. Red Star Belgrade is eliminated.

group H

After Shakhtar’s victory against Antwerp, both Barcelona and Porto knew what to do. In an exciting match with beautiful goals, the home team ultimately came out on top. An important victory for Barca, which has thus assured itself of wintering in the Champions League. Porto can fight in a direct duel with Shakhtar to see who can go with Barca to the next round.

The chance of Antwerp wintering in Europe was almost nil in advance, but Van Bommel’s men still went looking for the first points in this campaign with a small core. Alderweireld came close to the equalizer in the final minute, but the experience of the Ukrainians was the deciding factor. Antwerp is last without points, Shakhtar is fighting with Porto for a place in the next round.

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The referees on all fields have called it a day. It was another very interesting evening with some fantastic goals.

PSG – Newcastle: -1-1

Who else than Kylian Mbappe will do it for PSG! The attacker kicks the ball into the center of the goal and leaves Pope empty-handed. PSG is now suddenly second again in the standings.

PSG – Newcastle: 0-1

The ball goes on the spot!

PSG – Newcastle: 0-1

Will PSG level the score with a penalty? Referee Marciniak is called to the screen after alleged hand play.

PSG – Newcastle: 0-1

Another huge opportunity for PSG. Barcola, again he, hits the ball completely wrong when he wants to push a cross into the goal. The leather flies yards over Pope’s cage. Mbappe jumped in front of Barcola, briefly blocking the view.

PSG – Newcastle: 0-1

PSG is really doing everything they can and Nick Pope is playing an incredibly strong game. Mbappe is omnipresent and takes his team by the hand, but lacks a bit of luck in finishing. Can Newcastle keep this up?

Manchester City – Leipzig: 3-2

City does it anyway: Alvarez makes it 3-2. Doku gives in to a passing Foden who reaches Alvarez in one go. The Argentinian can no longer miss just a few meters from goal.

Feyenoord – Atlético Madrid: 1-3

Feyenoord’s revival is short-lived. On a perfectly executed free kick from Molina, Feyenoord striker Gimenez unfortunately puts his head against the leather and extends the ball into the goal. Already the second own goal tonight.

Feyenoord – Atlético Madrid: 1-2

There is the connection goal in Rotterdam. Mats Wieffer towers above everyone on a corner kick and heads the ball past Jan Oblak. De Kuip explodes, Feyenoord back in the match.

Manchester City – Leipzig: 2-2

In Manchester they breathe a sigh of relief: Fabio Carvalho, who has just come on, puts the ball nicely past Ortega into the goal, but sees his goal rightly disallowed due to offside. A warning for City.

Manchester City – Leipzig: 2-2

City is suddenly once again certain of a group win. Phil Foden looks carefully at the goalkeeper’s position and presses with control. City tied again. Class of the midfielder.

AC Milan – Dortmund: 1-3

Booking for Milan? Adeyemi can hit hard from the edge of the box. Maignan is still there, but the ball bounces into the goal. Dortmund is doing well and is provisionally qualified for the next round.

PSG – Newcastle: 0-1

Once again it is Mbappe who can send Barcola towards goal in a beautiful way, this time with his heel. The youngster makes the wrong decision and chooses to finish in the short corner. The ball disappears along the wrong side of the post. Another great chance for the home team.

PSG – Newcastle: 0-1

We already saw the ball disappear into the goal, but that was not taken into account by Newcastle goalkeeper Pope. Mbappe accelerates from the right and can perfectly cross towards Barcola, who cannot get past Pope from the small rectangle. What an opportunity.

2023-11-28 21:56:15
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