Barca without Messi out of Champions’ League, grapple now with Europa League for the first time.

…Bayern crush Barca 3-0; Chelsea plays 3-3 with Zenith; Juve 1 v Malmo 0; Lille beats Wolfsburg in Germany 3-1 and Man U draw 1-1 with Young Boys.

…Bad weather postpones Atalanta vs Villareal till Thursday at 1900 hours.

Erstwhile mighty Barcelona FC of Spain that paraded super brat, Lionel Messi for years on Wednesday crashed out from the European Champions League as German machine, Bayern Munich crushed the Catalonia giants 3-0 in the last Group E match.

Benfica added to Barcelona woes with a 2-0 drubbing of Dynamo Kyiv in the second group match.

Thus, Bayern finished group toppers with maximum 18 points refusing to lose or draw a match, Benefica just slided Barca into the 3rd place having 8 points with Barca’s 7 and Dynamo walked away with just a point. Barca for the first time in 15 years will go and struggle now for a place in the Europa League as football pundits are thinking Messi will be in great pains to consume this result.

Group H ended as expected despite Zenith forcing Chelsea to 3-3 in late hour and Old Lady, Juventus got a narrow 1-0 win over stubborn Malmo FC.

Juve won the group with 15points, Chelsea came 2nd with 13 points, Zenith clocked 3rd with 5 points while Malmo made only one point.

Servilla of Chukwueze was played out in Group G by a Nigerian duo who Salzburg paraded. Noah Okafor scored the lone goal in 50th minute that sunk Servilla from an assist by Karim Adeyemi.

Lille the former club of Osaze Odemigwe walloped former club of Obafemi the goal, Wolfsburg 3-1 in Germany as the German machine became faulty,

Thus Lille topped Group G with 1 points, Salzburg made it placing 2nd with 10 points Sevilla was 3rd with 6 points and Wolfsburg 4th with 5 points.

The Group F matches were inconclusive as bad weather made the crucial Atalanta versus Villareal match to be postponed till 1900 hours of Thursday.

Manchester United was held 1-1 by the giant killers, Young Boys but that was not enough to make Man U to top the group with 11 points despite the outstanding group match. Who qualifies with Man U will be a matter of 90 minutes of tough football hostilities as Villareal has 7 points now while Atalanta has 6 points. A draw will see Villareal qualify but Atalanta has home advantage. Young Boys made 5 points for the record.

When is the Champions League last 16 draw?

The draw takes place at 11am GMT on Monday, December 13, 2021 at Uefa’s headquarters, the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

- Eniola Olatunji.

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