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Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Porto validated their tickets for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday. Atletico and Liverpool will wait while Inter Milan have a foot outside.
• Group A: Bayern qualified, Atletico Madrid held in check
Bayern Munich, despite an exclusion at the end of the game, never falters! The Bavarians easily disposed of Salzburg (3-1) and are already qualified for the knockout stages.
Robert Lewandowski added a unit to his counter to compile 71 goals in his career in C1, at the same time equaling Raul to the 3rd highest scorer in the history of the Champions League.
At the same time, Atlético de Madrid failed to beat Lokomotiv Moscow (0-0), but remained second with 5 points against 3 for the Russians.
• Group B: Real Madrid push Inter, Mönchengladbach the only leader
Despite the major absences (Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema …) Real Madrid is there: Zinedine Zidane’s team tamed Inter (2-0), quickly reduced to ten after exclusion for a double challenge of Arturo Vidal.
Eden Hazard therefore allowed himself to register – finally! – his first goal in C1 with the “White House”, now second in the group with 7 points. The Nerazzurri are in great difficulty, with only two points in four games and a fate that is no longer in their hands.
But the leader of the group is called Mönchengladbach, with eight points since their great success against Shakhtar Donetsk (4-0), with a superb chisel from Breel Embolo.
• Group C: Manchester City and Porto qualified, thirteenth defeat for OM
The terrible black series continues for OM: beaten 2-0 at home by Porto, the Marseillais chain a 13th defeat in a row in this competition, beating the sad record of Anderlecht (2003-2005).
The setback hurts all the more since it has still not been accompanied by goals and is synonymous with elimination for the men of André Villas-Boas, still exceeded on the European level after goals from Sanusi (39th) and Oliveira (72nd sp). If the Europa League is still in sight despite the zero point, morale is at its lowest.
In this group C, Manchester City has a smile: the Citizens won in Greece against Olympiakos (1-0) and qualified, joining Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus, who validated their ticket on Tuesday for the eighths.
• Group D: Liverpool hold, Atalanta and Ajax neck to neck
The Liverpool Reds could have joined the prestigious circle of qualified teams, but they were surprised at Anfield by Atalanta Bergamo (2-0). The Italians relaunched in Group D with seven points, two units less than Liverpool and as many points as Ajax Amsterdam.
The Dutch, for their part, did not tremble against Midtjylland (3-1), eliminated.
A minute of silence was observed on all grounds in tribute to the Argentinian “Pibe de Oro”, who died Wednesday following a cardiac arrest.