The Champions’ League group stage reaches its climax on Tuesday night for four groups as erstwhile European giants Borrusia Dortmund that scored the highest goals of the night whipping visiting Beskitas 5-0 fell a casualty not qualifying for the last 16 from Group C and may head for Europa League.
Liverpool and Manchester City had already secured top spot in their respective groups and had the luxury of being able to rest players against AC Milan and RB Leipzig - although Pep Guardiola’s men fell to a 2-1 defeat.
Only Ajax and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds won all six of their matches for a perfect group stage, something Bayern could pull off against Barcelona on Wednesday.
Ajax maintained superiority in Group C beating Sporting Lisbon 4-2.
Group C ended with Ajax chalking an impressive 18 points, Sporting Lisbon though made 9 points with Dortmund but qualified on goals difference as Sporting had +2 and Dortmund -1 so Beskitas came without winning or drawing a match with zero point.
Liverpool shocked AC Milan at their backyard with a 2-1. Nigeria’s Fikayo Tomori opened scoring 29th minute but goals from Mohamed Saleh (36’) and Divock Origi (56’) got the former Champions full points away.
Porto lost to Atletico Madrid at home 1-3 in a match where two players of Porto, Wendell and Marchesin got red, Pepe and Otavio got yellow for Porto, Carrasco got red and Correa a yellow for Atletico. It was a very interesting match where Atletico scored two goals in two minutes of added time, Correa (90’) and Rodrigo De Paul (90+2).
So Group B ended Liverpool with 18 points, Madrid made a photo finish with 7 points with its victory over Porto that had 5 points and former giants AC Milan had 4 points.
Manchester City of England lost 1-2 to Leipzig where Kyle Walker bagged red in 82nd minute in Group A.
Both Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi scored a brace each to sink Brugge to the bottom of the table 4-0.
City were lucky to top the group with 12 points as PSG pursued hard making 11 points to be second where Leipzig scored 7 points and Brugge 4.
Group D was a clear hurdle where Real Madrid playing at home dimmed Inter Milan 2-0 and Donetsk played 1-1 with Sheriff at home.
Real made 15 points and Inter chalked 10 points to both move to the knock-out stage. Sherrif scored 7 points and Donetsk 2 points.
On Wednesday in Group E star match will be Bayern Munich v Barcelona and Benfica v Dynamo Kyiv both at 2100 hours,
Group F will be Atalanta v Villareal and Manchester United v Young Boys also 2100 hours.
Group G Salzburg v Sevilla and Wofsburg v Lille also 2100 hours.
Group H. Juventus v Malmo and Zenith v Chelsea both at 1845 Hours.
- Eniola Olatunji.