The French join Bayer and West Ham. Azzurri forced to win to reach the qualification, while Lazio are playing for first place with Galatasaray. Nainggolan scores with his Antwerp, which ruins the party at Eintracht
In the Lazio group (group E) Galatasaray also wins (4-2 against Marseille), currently in the lead thanks to the victory of the first leg with Sarri’s team (1-0). Everything will be decided in the direct confrontation on December 9th. As well as for Napoli, which sees Leicester go from last to first place in group C after the success with Legia. Spalletti’s men are now third, but the final placement will depend on the “play-off” of the next day against the English. West Ham, leaders of group H, go to the second round after the 2-0 win in Vienna against Rapid, and Bayer Leverkusen who are risking a lot against Celtic. Together with Monaco, 2-1 in the big match with Real Sociedad. What a mockery, on the contrary, for Frankfurt, stopped by Nainggolan’s Antwerp (to score) at the last dive and reached at -2 by Olympiacos, who in the final win by measure with Fenerbahce. Germans and Greeks will see each other at a distance for the primacy. In group A, Lyon reaffirms its dominance with the fifth victory in as many games: 3-1 at Brondby. Behind Rangers they win the direct match with Sparta Prague (2-0) and grab second place, which means playoffs, overturning the 1-0 defeat of the first leg.
Lyon risks a slip, already first and happy to reach the round of 16. Brondby took advantage of the tranquility of the French and hit in the 51st minute with Uhre, the leaders equalized shortly after with Cherki using a mistake by the home defense. At that point there is no match: Cherki and then Slimani still score for the 3-1 final, served by the former Milan Paquetá. Brondby remains last, but can aspire to third place if they win the next against Sparta Prague, rolled 2-0 by Rangers who conquer the second place having overturned the direct confrontation with the Czechs (they had won 1-0 in the first leg) . Morelos, who scored a brace, makes van Bronckhorst, Gerrard’s heir in Glasgow, smile. He scores after a quarter of an hour and then in the second half taking advantage of a sensational mistake by Panak, who throws open the door with a horizontal pass in the area.
Ranking: Lyon 15, Rangers 7, Sparta Prague 4, Brondby 2.
Next round (Thursday 9 December): Lyon v Rangers, Sparta Prague v Brondby.
Monaco needed a victory, it came in the high-flying match against Real Sociedad, the revelation of La Liga. After twenty-eight balanced minutes, everything happens and the French take the lead twice. First with Volland, who enters the goal directly with the ball, caught by Isak’s lob (35 ‘). Finally, Fofana’s 2-1 a couple of clock laps later. It is the first goal with Monaco and also the one that gives the team the second round. The Spaniards slide third, but will have the opportunity to enter the play-offs by winning the direct match against PSV, moreover at home. The Dutch beat Sturm Graz 2-0, last. Forward at the end of the first half on a penalty from Vinicius, conquered by Mario Götze, they double with Bruma.
Ranking: Monaco 11, Psv 8, Real Sociedad 6, Sturm Graz 1.
Next round: Sturm Graz-Monaco, Real Sociedad-Psv.
Leicester goes from last to first place in the mini-group, where however the balance is maximum. By doing so they force Napoli to win the direct match, at home, on December 9th to enter the first two positions. Daka takes care of it (5 total goals in the cup) after eleven minutes to put the game against Legia downhill, but the whole team is pushing hard to avoid danger. At 20 ‘Maddison serves the doubling with a great blow from the left under the crossbar; at 26 ‘Schmeichel even saves a penalty, even if Mladenovic is quick to score on the rebound. Ndidi re-establishes the distance with the Foxes trio. It ends 3-1.
Ranking: Leicester 8, Spartak Moscow and Naples 7, Legia 6.
Next round: Naples-Leicester, Legia-Spartak Moscow.
In group D everything reopens at the last minute. At 90 ‘Soares scores the goal of Olympiacos’ victory against Fenerbahce (1-0), while in the same seconds (88′) Samatta scores the 2-1 that puts the leaders Frankfurt in a tight spot, who then makes the 2-2 time up with Paciencia. The Germans take the lead with Kamada, a 25-year-old Japanese, then are taken back by Nainggolan. Before the insult because Antwerp are still eliminated, while Eintracht risks second place if they lose to Fenerbahce.
Ranking: Frankfurt 11, Olympiacos 9, Fenerbahce 5, Antwerp 2.
Next round: Fenerbahce-Frankfurt, Antwerp-Olympiacos.
Fundamental success of Galatasaray, in first place in the group with three points more than Lazio and the direct match in favor (1-0). Condition to show up at the Olimpico in the next round and defend the passage to the second round even with a draw: Sarri’s men will have to win by force. The Turks are unlocked on the second attempt. First Diagne’s cross, then on Marseille’s light ball possession comes Cicaldau’s goal. Doubling after half an hour on an own goal by Caleta-Car, with Cicaldau still putting his hand in it. The party, however, risks being ruined by the home fans who soon throw objects from the stands, calmed down by the Galatasaray players. Above all Muslera, former Lazio and captain of the team. Olympique have several chances, but will only score with Milik in the 68th minute, after Feghouli’s trio. Networks also for Babel and again Milik.
Ranking: Galatasaray 11, Lazio 8, Marseille 4, Lok. Moscow 2.
Next round: Lazio-Galatasaray, Marseille-Lok. fly
Surprisingly, Midtjylland overtook leaders Braga and called the whole group into question. Everything will be decided in the next matches between the Portuguese and the Red Star and Ludogorets-Midtjylland. The hosts immediately took the lead with Sviatchenko, who scored on the development of a lineout that was directly in the area and extended by a teammate. Ricardo Horta makes 1-1 in the 43rd minute. Then the 20-year-old Isaksen thinks about it, scoring in the 48th minute with a header close to the goal, but Braga equalized with Galen. It seems over, but with two minutes from the end Evander’s penalty puts Midtjylland back into play. In the other match of the group Ivanic scores a very heavy goal against Ludogorets, because the Red Star of the former Inter Stankovic now leads the group and will face the last round of the group stage with a decent advantage. With at least one draw against Braga, in fact, she would be sure to finish in second place, which is worth the playoffs as seeded against the third classified of the Champions League groups. Ludogorets, eliminated, will be the referee of the contest.
Ranking: Braga 9, Stella Rossa 7, Midtjylland 5, Ludogorets 1 (eliminated).
Next round: Braga-Red Star, Ludogorets-Midtjylland
Incredible comeback from Leverkusen, who scored from 82 ‘to 87′, first drawing and then putting the final 3-2 goal against Celtic, thus qualifying for the round of 16. In goal Diaby, on an assist from Wirtz who had also served Andrich (brace) for the opening advantage. Celtic had overturned it with Juranovic (penalty) and Jota, up to the counter-overtaking that sentenced the Scots to third place. They will play the play-offs with the runners-up of the Conference groups. Betis beat Ferencvaros 2-0: the beautiful starting point from Joaquin (owner a few days after the announcement of his farewell to football) for Bellerin who from the right serves Tello, also a former Fiorentina. Thus was born the advantage of Betis, which doubles with Canales’ left-footed shot from outside. Spaniards second thanks, too, to the success of Leverkusen. Impossible to overtake the Germans after the 4-0 knockout suffered in the last round.
Ranking: Leverkusen 13, Betis 10, Celtic 6, Ferencvaros 0.
Next round: Ferencvaros-Leverkusen, Celtic-Betis
West Ham’s aggressive start in Vienna, against Rapid, who, however, found the advantage only in the 39th minute with a header from Yarmolenko. Noble doubles on a penalty just before returning to the locker room. The result is a challenge dominated by the English, won 2-0, which is worth the passage to the second round. The verdicts for second and third place are postponed because Dinamo Zagreb, ahead in the 35th minute with Menalo, is recovered by a stone from Ugbo (1-1).
Ranking: West Ham 13, Dinamo Zagreb 7, Genk 5, Rapid Vienna 3.
Next round: West Ham-Dinamo Zagreb, Genk-Rapid Vienna.
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