Clamorous final thrill for Xavi, with Seferovic sitting next to him with the door unguarded. Anything can happen between Lille, Salzburg, Seville and Wolfsburg
Other verdicts arrive between the various groups of the Champions League after the penultimate day: Xavi’s Barcelona complicates their lives by drawing against Benfica. The classification of Group G is spectacular, so everything will remain open until the last second between Lille, Salzburg, Seville and Wolfsburg. In the group of Juventus (H), Zenit is guaranteed the Europa League thanks to the draw in Sweden against Malmoe.
Barcelona 0-0 Benfica
3 points would have been enough for Xavi’s first European Barcelona to mortgage the qualification, and instead everything is postponed to the last day. At Camp Nou it is only 0-0 between blaugrana and Benfica, so between Barça and the second round there will be Bayern. The game is for the most part led by Depay and his teammates, dangerous first with Gavi, who devours the advantage a stone’s throw from the goal, then with Demir (sensational crossbar).
In between a stratospheric goal canceled by Otamendi due to the previous offside. In the second half it is always the Spaniards who seek the goal more insistently, which arrives in the 84th minute thanks to a great insertion by Araujo: all in vain, however, because the Uruguayan is slightly beyond the Portuguese defensive line. The most sensational occasion arrives when time is up, but for the guests: Seferovic, face to face with Ter Stegen, overcomes him after a rebound, finds the qualifying goal on his feet but incredibly accommodates out.
Lille 1-0 Salzburg
All sensationally reopened. In the most spectacular and hard-fought group of this edition of the Champions League, the epilogue could only come to the last breath. After two draws and one defeat, Lille relaunched their qualification ambitions thanks to a close but very important 1-0 against Salzburg. The 2000 class jewel Jonathan David decides at the end of a confused action, in the half hour of the first half: Yilmaz recovers the ball, leaves towards the opponent’s area and gets there but loses a rebound. At that point David takes over who with his left-handed can not miss two meters from the goal.
Until 92 ‘the Russians complicate life. A point would have been enough for the articulate “relegation” in the Europa League, and it arrived, but with a huge effort: in Sweden to lead the game is Malmoe, who unlocked it in the 28th minute with Rieks. Then, in the second half, Zenit’s attempts to catch equal with a sensational series of bad chances. At 52 ‘Dzyuba spoils a penalty, but at 92’, with the guests outnumbered by the expulsion of Chistyakov, another one arrives. Which Rakitsky transforms: ends 1-1.
Sevilla 2-0 Wolfsburg
Three points had to come to stay alive, three points came for Sevilla. At Sanchez Pizjuan the goals of Jordan and Mir decide. At 13 ‘a great header by the Spaniard on a wonderful cross from Rakitic for the 1-0, with time expired Rafa Mir closes on a cross from Ocampos, with the Germans all ahead desperately looking for an equal. The classification of Group G is thrilling: Lille 8, Salzburg 7, Seville 6, Wolfsburg 5. Anything can happen, right up to the end.
November 23, 2021 (change November 24, 2021 | 00:46)
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