After Kylian Mbapp’s opening goal (50th) for Paris Saint-Germain, it looked like the French capital club could shake off the unrest surrounding coach Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer rumors. But Raheem Sterling (63rd) and Gabriel Jesus (76th) led the “Citizens” to victory. They retaliated in their own stadium for the 2-0 defeat in Paris at the end of September. They had already got the upper hand twice (2-1 and 2-0) against PSG in the semifinals of the previous season. The Parisians can no longer be ousted from second place, as RB Leipzig brought in a 5-0 (4-0) win at Club Bruges.
The Guardiola team was the much more dangerous team from the start. Ilkay Gündogan hit the bar (33rd), but PSG made it 1-0 against the course of the game. From Lionel Messi, after a nice teamwork with Ander Herrera, the ball came to Kylian Mbappe, who stayed calm in front of the goal (50th). City came back. Raheem Sterling scored the equalizer, finishing at the far corner after some remarkable preparatory work by the advanced Kyle Walker (62nd). Walker also initiated the 2-1 with a cross, which was completed by Gabriel Jesus, served by Bernardo Silva (76th).
Leipzig landed the first victory in the premier class of this season with a strong replacement, but can now at least speculate with the switch to the Europa League. Coach Jesse Marsch was absent after a positive coronavirus test, as were several regular players, ÖFB legionnaire Konrad Laimer was one of the party. March representative Achim Beierlorzer celebrated goals from Christopher Nkunku (12th, 93rd), Emil Forsberg (17th / Elfer, 45th + 1) and Andre Silva (26th).
Alaba hits and has to go out battered
In group D, the first two places have also been awarded. Real Madrid retaliated with a 3-0 (2-0) win at FC Sheriff Tiraspol for the surprising 1-2 in the first leg. Alaba scored his first goal for Real with a deflected free kick (30th), Toni Kroos (45th + 1) and Karim Benzema (55th) also scored. Alaba had to be replaced in the 65th minute. The Viennese grabbed his knee, but Real coach Carlo Ancelotti gave the all-clear after the end of the game.
It should be a minor sprain. “It doesn’t look that bad. He’s not in so much pain. We hope he can play on Sunday, ”said the Italian. Then the Madrilenians meet in the league on Sevilla FC, the next CL opponent of Salzburg.
With the win, Real also took Inter into the knockout round. The Milanese had previously prevailed 2-0 at home against Shakhtar Donetsk and are still two points behind the Madrilenians.
The match winner for Inter was routine striker Edin Dzeko, who scored both goals after the break (61st, 67th). Dzeko hit the left corner with a powerful long-range shot. Six minutes later, the Bosnian was successful with a header from Ivan Perisic’s cross from close range. The last round in Madrid is about winning the group.
Milan makes it exciting, Dortmund fails
Liverpool already has that in their pockets. The “Reds” hold after a 2-0 win against FC Porto, which Thiago (52nd) and Mohamed Salah (70th) fixed after the break, as did Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam with maximum points after five rounds. Behind them on the last matchday Porto (5 points), AC Milan and Atletico Madrid (4 each) fight for promotion. AC Milan kept their chances alive with a 1-0 win at Atletico. The substitute Junior Messiah scored the gold goal in the 87th minute with a header.
Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, had to cancel the sails. Dortmund lost the “final” at Sporting Lisbon without their injured goalgetter Erling Haaland with 1: 3. BVB did not reward themselves in the early stages, the Portuguese champions scored the goals through Pedro Goncalves (30th, 39th) and a penalty from Pedro Porro’s head (81st). After a red foul by Dortmund’s Emre Can (74th), a pack was formed, the 1: 3 by Donyell Malen (93rd) fell too late. Dortmund has to make do with switching to the second round of the Europa League.
Eleven out of 16 round of 16 players have been chosen
Before the final round of the CL group stage, eleven of the 16 round of 16 have been determined. Defending champions Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern, Juventus Turin and Ajax had already booked their places in the knockout phase before Wednesday. The Amsterdam team also secured group victory with a 2-1 win at Besiktas Istanbul. After an early deficit, the substitute at break Sebastien Haller turned the game with a brace (54th, 69th). The 27-year-old closed with nine goals to the leading Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski in the CL shooting list.
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