Special mention to Robert Lewandowski, author of a superb goal.
FC Barcelone – Benfica 0-0
Xavi, already with your back to the wall? For his first Champions League match at the head of FC Barcelona, the new Catalan coach avoided the worst but failed to find the key against Benfica Lisbon on Tuesday at Camp Nou (0-0).
Barça remains 2nd in group C with 2 points ahead of Lisbon, and will therefore play its qualification for the eighth on December 8 during the last day of group E in Munich against Bayern Munich who had corrected it 3- 0 on the way. But at least he remains master of his destiny.
Despite the scale of the challenge, the Catalans were not cooled by the downpours that spilled on the lawn of a half-empty Camp Nou: Xavi’s men started the game thoroughly, and have multiplied the hot situations in front of the goalkeeper Greek Benfica, Odysseas Vlachodimos, imperial Tuesday night.
The disillusionment was overwhelming when in the 85th minute Ronald Araujo had his goal canceled for an offside position as Barca pushed in to try and score a liberating goal that never came.
But the disappointment could have been even more immense if Seferovic had framed his unmissable shot, alone against Marc-André ter Stegen in extra time punctuated by plenty of opportunities.
The Catalans still largely dominated the game. Previously, they only really scared each other once, on a double big alert, around the half hour of play.
Marc-André ter Stegen then saved his family from a huge knee save on a header from Roman Yaremchuk (34th), and on the next corner, Nicolas Otamendi believed he had opened the scoring … before the referee invalidates his goal because the ball had gone out of bounds during its flight in the air, on the corner.
Apart from this fear, the Catalans have multiplied the big chances, without succeeding in scoring.
Villarreal – Manchester United 0-2
Manchester United qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday thanks to their success on the ground of the Spanish club Villarreal (0-2), in a match of the fifth day of group F.
Coached by Michael Carrick, the Red Devils played their first game since the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on Sunday. They were able to count, as often this season, on Cristiano Ronaldo (78th) in the last quarter of an hour to get rid of the team of Unai Emery, who had until then dominated the debates. The Portuguese scored his 141st goal in 185 Champions League games. Released, Man U then ensured his victory on a counter concluded by Jadon Sancho (90th).
With ten points now, Manchester United can no longer be ousted from one of the top two places in Group F. Villarreal has seven. The final day will see Villarreal travel to Bergamo on the grounds of Atalanta.
Young Boys de Berne – Atalanta 3-3
Young Boys and Atalanta parted back to back after a close match. Zapata opened the scoring for Bergamo (10th) before the equalization of Siebatcheu (39th). Palomino restored the advantage to the visitors at the start of the second period (51st), but the Swiss took the lead thanks to Sierro (80th) and Hefti (84th). The final goal of the game came from Muriel (88th), who put the teams tied.
In the standings, Manchester United leads with 10 points. Everything remains to be played for Villarreal, 2nd with 7 points, and Atalanta, 3rd with 6 points, which will be opposed on the last day. The Young Boys, 4th with 4 points, will need a miracle to qualify for the next round.
Lille – RB Salzburg 1-0
Lille took the lead of Group G and made a big step towards the knockout stages of the Champions League by winning at home against Salzburg 1-0 on Tuesday night on Matchday 5.
Canada’s Jonathan David scored the only goal of the game in the 31st minute after a great job from Burak Yilmaz. Losc, who will travel to Wolfsburg on December 8 for the final day, are one point ahead of Salzburg, two over Sevilla FC and three over Wolfsburg.
The goal video
Seville – Wolfsburg 2-0
Favorite at the time of the draw, Seville did not win a single meeting until Tuesday evening. The victory of hope was necessary, it is at the end of the road.
Chelsea – Juventus 4-0
Title-holder and leader of the English Championship, Chelsea made a successful start to the season and validated their ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Against the Turinese, the Blues made a double blow: win to qualify and take the first place, currently occupied.
The European champions took their revenge for the first leg by beating Juve (3-0) with goals from the young guard, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea returned to the height of the Old Lady with 12 points, but therefore took first place by dominating the direct confrontation (1-0 in the first leg for Juve).
Note, the entry into the game of Koni De Winter: his first minutes as a pennant team at Juventus.
Malmö – Zenit Saint Petersburg 1-1
Zenit snatch a point synonymous with qualifying for the Europa League.