Rennes eliminated, Juventus and Barça qualified

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At a cruel end to the match, Stade Rennais were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after their home loss to Chelsea. In group G, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin won and qualified for the round of 16.

• Group E: Rennes eliminated, Chelsea and Sevilla in the round of 16

Cruel scenario for Rennes, eliminated from the European queen event after only four days and who have only the third place synonymous with the Europa League to run for. After Chelsea opened the scoring by Callum Hudson-Odoi (22nd), the Bretons showed good intentions on the ground. At the end of the match, they went in six minutes from deliverance to dejection, between the equalizer of Serhou Guirassy (85th) and the victorious goal of Giroud (90th + 1). A nice revenge for the French center-forward Chelsea, who demands more playing time.

For Rennes, next week’s trip to Russia will be crucial: a victory against Krasnodar, another neophyte eliminated Tuesday by Sevilla (2-1), and the Bretons will ensure they are transferred to the Europa League.

• Group F: Double for Haaland, easy Lazio Roma

After the quadruple on Saturday in the Bundesliga, the double on Tuesday in the Champions League for Erling Haaland: the Norwegian prodigy from Dortmund struck twice against Club Brugge (3-0), taking the lead in the scorers standings with his 5th and 6th goals in C1 this season … or his 15th and 16th goals in this event in just 12 matches!

Jadon Sancho had meanwhile scored a nice direct free kick in the skylight (45th + 1) and Borussia keeps the lead of group F (9 pts) with a head start on Lazio Rome (8 pts) who beat 3 -1 the Zenit Saint-Petersburg.

This promises a good pass between Dortmund and Lazio next week in Germany.

• Group G: Barça qualify without Messi, Juventus laborious but qualified

In great difficulty in La Liga, the Catalan club sealed their qualification for the round of 16 thanks to a 4-0 victory against Dynamo Kiev, without their captain Lionel Messi, spared, and without shaking too much.

In Ukraine, coach Ronald Koeman launched an encore team and the bet worked: it was the young full-back Sergiño Dest who opened the scoring, his very first goal with Barça, served by Danish striker Martin Braithwaite ( 52nd). Then the latter scored a double (57th, 70th from the penalty spot) and Antoine Griezmann emerged from the bench to score as a pivot (90th + 2) and seal the success of the Blaugrana club, first in the group with four successes in four matches (12 pts ).

Behind, Juventus snatched the victory against the modest Hungarian Ferencvaros 2-1: the team of Andrea Pirlo found themselves led by a goal of Myrto Uzuni (19th) but she managed to validate her qualification thanks to the inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo (35th) then a late header from Alvaro Morata (90th + 2).

• Group H: Manchester almost qualified, PSG revived

Manchester United did the job against Istanbul Basaksehir (4-1), including a brace from Bruno Fernandes, and took a big step towards the round of 16. In the other match, PSG relaunched laboriously against RB Leipzig, taking an option on their evening opponent in the race for qualification.

With AFP

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