Champions League, chapter III: with the round of 16 one step away

Teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have half a ticket in the next phase of the Champions League.

GROUP A: FROM VILLAINS… TO HEROES While the Bayern Munich got half a ticket to the round of 16, winning in Istanbul against a Galatasaray surrendered to Harry Kane (goal and assist), at Old Trafford he revived the Manchester Unitedwith a lot of suffering and leaving the Copenhagen. The protagonists were the vilified Maguirescorer of the winning goal for the Red Devils, and Drunk, who in the last breath of the match rejected a penalty against Larsson that, if scored, would have left Ten Hag’s team on the brink of the abyss. Bayern, by the way, has already accumulated 37 games undefeated in the group stage. A beastly record.

GROUP B: GABRIEL SINKS SEVILLA Assist and goal. Gabriel Jesusat the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second, executed a Sevilla surrendered to the evidence, much lower than Arsenal and that he remained alive until the end on the scoreboard although not on the field. The situation of the Andalusians is already very delicate, forced to win in London and still fortunate for the draw in France between Lens y PSVwhich already accumulates 17 games without winning in the tournamentkeeping open a group in which the gunners confirm their role as favorites.

GROUP C: THE GAFF IS REPEATED Zero points and he is almost hopeless. Union Berlin that linked his third defeat and in a cruel way again. They lost in added time, went from winning 2-0 to losing 2-3 in added time against Braga and fell home again before a Napoli who he dominated and only finished off once between the sticks… The group, of course, is dominated by Real Madrid with sufficiency, with their pass to the round of 16 almost solved after winning in Portugal in a match that was more serious than brilliant.

GROUP D: A REAL TAG The Real society He catapulted his chances of qualifying with a coup d’état in Lisbon, where he won by the minimum in a huge match that deserved to be given a clearer sentence. After the initial scare with the disallowed goal MusaReal began to dominate with sufficiency, a goal was annulled Brais Mendez at half an hour and it was not until the second half, through the same player, that he transferred his superiority in the game to the scoreboard. He Benficawho left Barça out last season, is bottom and almost sentenced, with the Inter accompanying the Spanish team in the lead after winning, not without suffering, and from a penalty, to Salzburg in the Meazza.

GROUP E: SANTIAGO ‘ENORME’ GIMÉNEZ Half an hour was enough for the Mexican international in his continental presentation with the Feyenoord to show his power. He ended up scoring a doubletplus a goal disallowed by the VAR, to lead the victory over a Lazio which he could only discount at the end. The group tightens at the top, only the Celtic who gave up a draw in Glasgow against Atletico Madridcapable of tying twice and led by a superb Griezmann.

GROUP F: YELLOW MIRACLE A goal on the brink of half-time Felix Finish gave a miraculous victory to the Borussia Dortmund in England on a Newcastle who crashed two balls into the post and dominated them overwhelmingly throughout the second half, crashing into unprecedented misfortune. The German victory was accompanied by the victory of PSG about him Milandestroyed on the counterattack and left in a very uncomfortable position in the group that the French champion now commands.

GROUP G: HAALAND BACK The Norwegian had not scored since last season’s round of 16 and after six games he found the net again, twice, to seal a victory that was more complicated than expected in Switzerland over a Young Boys that with the 1-1 he came to dream of victory. The triumph leaves the Manchester City one step away from the round of 16, having added nine points and three ahead of the Leipzigwho defeated Red Star with a superb performance by Xavi Simonsauthor of a goal and an assist to keep his team in second place and in a very advantageous position to accompany the champion to the elimination round.

GROUP H: FERMÍN DE RECORD He Barcelona conquered his seventh consecutive home win since the beginning of the season, surpassing the six that it achieved in 2014 or 2019 and being one of the eight in 2004. It did so, almost sentencing its passage to the round of 16 on the back of a Fermin superb in a match that was complicated at the end by the push of the Shakhtarpowerless to end up equalizing and remaining, next to the Antwerpon the verge of elimination, because the Portowith problems in a first half that ended behind them on the scoreboard, closed by scoring in the second practically at will.

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