Belgium’s champions FC Brugge and Italy’s former champions SSC Napoli followed the favorites Real Madrid and Manchester City into the round of 16 in the Champions League together with Bayern Munich. In the shadow of a 7-1 (1-1) shoot-out by Liverpool FC at Glasgow Rangers, Bruges drew 0-0 at Atletico Madrid on the fourth matchday in Group B of Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen to make it into the top 16 for the first time. Napoli qualified for Group A by beating Dutch record champions Ajax Amsterdam 4-2 (2-0).
FC Barcelona narrowly missed the knockout with a late 3: 3 (1: 0) against Inter Milan. World footballer Robert Lewandowski equalized twice for Milan’s lead (82nd and 90th + 2) and thus prevented national goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s team from being eliminated from Munich’s group.
“It was a disappointment. It was a difficult group, but after all the new signings, we have planned more,” said Sergio Busquets after the game, adding with regard to the tight group constellation: “Mathematically, it’s not over yet, but it’s very difficult .”
The spectators in Glasgow experienced more spectacle than drama after Scott Arfield (17th) led Rangers. Former Hoffenheim player Roberto Firmino with a brace (24th and 55th) had already turned the match for the team of German team manager Jürgen Klopp, before, above all, the substitute striker Mohamed Salah with the fastest hat trick in Champions League history (75th, 80th and 81st) significantly improved the Reds’ chances behind Naples.
With goals from Hirving Lozano (4th), Giacomo Raspadori (16th), Chwischa Kwarazchelia (62nd, hand penalty) and Victor Osimhen (89th), Naples celebrated their fourth win in the fourth premier class game. The Ajacieden, on the other hand, who were temporarily hoping for a point thanks to goals from Davy Klaassen (49′) and Steven Bergwijn (83′, penalty kick), missed out on improving their starting position.
After Madrid’s clean sheet, Brugge is one of the top two places in Group B. The surprise leader survived Atletico’s final offensive after suffering a yellow-red card against Kamal Sowah (82nd).
Champions League: Five round of 16 have been determined
In Eintracht Frankfurt’s group, the race remains completely open. Olympique Marseille gave up the “Red Lantern” with a 2-0 (2-0) win at previous leaders Sporting Lisbon.
With the advancement of Munich, Naples and Bruges, five round of 16 have already been determined. Already on Tuesday, defending champions Real Madrid with ex-world champion Toni Kroos in Group F of cup winners RB Leipzig and England champions Manchester City with national player Ilkay Gündogan in Group G of runners-up Borussia Dortmund were in the top 16. Real drew 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk, and the Citizens also went through the 0-0 at FC Copenhagen without another win in the next round.
Champions League: results on Wednesday
|SSC Naples||Ajax Amsterdam||4:2|
|Atlético Madrid||Club Brugge||0:0|
|Glasgow Rangers||Liverpool FC||1:7|
|Bayer Leverkusen||FC Porto||0:3 – match report|
|Barcelona FC||Inter Milan||3:3|
|Victoria Pilsen||FC Bayern Munich||2:4 – Analysis|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Eintracht Frankfurt||3:2 – game report|
|Sporting Lisbon||Olympique Marseille||0:2|