PSV Eindhoven qualified for the round of 16, Arsenal and Real Madrid assured of being first in their group, Manchester United who will have to battle on the last day… Here are the results from group A to group D at the end of the fifth day of the Champions League group stage, Wednesday.
Published on: 11/29/2023 – 11:59 p.m.
Group A: a final day which promises to be hot for second place
Except for Bayern Munich, already qualified and guaranteed to finish first in Group A, the three other teams entered are neck and neck before the last day of the group stage of the Champions League.
FC Copenhagen is provisionally second (5 points) after drawing against the Bavarians (0-0), Wednesday November 29. Galatasaray is third with the same number of points and Manchester United fourth (4 points). The Red Devils made the bad operation of the evening in Türkiye. The match, initially well underway for the English, finally ended in a spectacular 3-3 which left the suspense of who will be the last qualifier from Pool A for the round of 16.
Group B: Arsenal knock out Lens, PSV Eindhoven qualified
Nightmare evening for RC Lens. The Artesian club, which had to bring back at least one point from London, was heavily corrected by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (6-0). The Gunners were irresistible and defeated the Sang et Or in one half (five goals scored in the first half), securing first place in the group.
This Lens defeat also ensures second place for PSV Eindhoven, who had already done the job before this match on the Sevilla FC pitch (2-3). Despite being led by the Andalusian club, the Dutch were able to turn things around and take advantage of their numerical superiority to leave Spain with the three points.
Group C: Real Madrid assured of being first, Naples in good position despite their defeat
Real Madrid won at home against Naples (4-2) on Wednesday and ensured they finished at the top of Group C. Thanks to their victory which rewarded a very lively match, the Madrilenians collected 15 points out of 15 possible, and have definitely left Napoli (2nd, 7 points), who remain in a good position with a view to qualifying for the round of 16 before facing Braga (3rd, 4 points).
In the other Group C match, Braga was held to a draw at home by Union Berlin (1-1). The Portuguese club can still qualify for the round of 16, but to do so they will need to defeat Napoli by at least three goals. Advantage for the Neapolitans.
Group D: Inter Milan, already qualified, brings back a spectacular draw from Lisbon
Trailing 3-0 at the break, Inter Milan, already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, came back to snatch a draw at Benfica Lisbon (3-3), already eliminated. Portuguese international Joao Mario, a former Inter player, scored a hat-trick in the first half (5th, 13th, 34th), to which the Milanese responded after returning from the locker room with Arnautovic (51st), Frattesi (58th) and Alexis Sanchez from the penalty spot (72nd).
In the other match, also without stakes since Real Sociedad was already qualified before the start of the match, the Spanish club was held at home by RB Salzburg (0-0), already eliminated.