Domingo, 17 Diciembre, 2017

Real Madrid not Champions League favourites — BVB Coach

Who could Premier League teams draw in the Champions League? UCL Wrap: PSG Humbled But Still Top Group, Chelsea Miss Out On Top Spot
Montrelle Montesinos | 08 Diciembre, 2017, 14:51

Causing Atletico all manner of problems, Morata almost caught out Oblak with a dipping strike from wide on the left that had the keeper scrambling to save.

In fact, Coutinho bagged himself a hat-trick, with Mane scoring a brace.

Shakhtar took full advantage of a weakened Manchester City to secure a qualification to the knockout stage that did not look particularly likely a few months ago. It became possible to enter five teams only from 2015-16, when the Europa League winners were awarded a Champions League place.

Having lost and drawn against Roma, Chelsea finished second behind the Italians due to their inferior head-to-head record.

Despite a defeat to Bayern Munich in their final fixture from Group B - and there's no shame in losing at the Allianz Arena - PSG still deserve massive kudos for how they handled the group.

The Ukrainian champions scored first-half goals through Bernard and Ismaily.

The Swiss outfit got off to the perfect start when Mohamed Elyounoussi headed them into a fifth-minute lead from Michael Lang's cross.

"I think the team has shown that we never give up, and we have a long season ahead, we will see what happens at the end of the season". Winless Cologne hosts Freiburg on Sunday for its first game since sacking Peter Stoeger as coach. Nicolai Jorgensen equalised before Tonny Vilhena saw red for the Dutch side.

Turkish side Besiktas had already clinched top spot before heading into their final group.

They were defensively great, controlled the midfield battle and had every Chelsea defender in knots whenever they attacked. The result meant Chelsea qualified as runners-up.

Davide Zappacosta was next to test Oblak when the Chelsea wing-back unleashed a fierce shot that was pushed around the post.

The cost controls UEFA hoped to prevent clubs going bankrupt have instead managed to hand the initiative on the pitch to the Premier League, fueled by the vast sums invested by British broadcasters in domestic and European competitions.

Sporting Lisbon and CSKA Moscow both went into the final round of matches with a slim hope of making it into the next stage of the Champions League but fell after defeats the Barcelona and Manchester United respectively.

Real Madrid progressed in second place after beating Dortmund 3-2 at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Third-place Atletico Madrid will try to rebound from its elimination from the Champions League when it travels to Real Betis on Sunday.