Champions League Round-Up

Fiasco Sports provides a round-up of all the action in the final matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

 

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Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe

 

Group A:

 

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain had already secured first and second position in Group A respectively, leaving them with nothing to play for in the final group stage fixture.

 

Despite already locking themselves into the knockout stages, Real Madrid thumped Malmö 8-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four goals to take his group stage tally to a record-breaking 11 goals.

 

Goals from Lucas Moura and Zlatan Ibrahimović helped PSG score a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, who drop into the UEFA Europa League following their third-placed finish.

 

 

Group B:

 

Group B was the host of one of the biggest shocks in this season’s edition of the Champions League, with giants Manchester United making an early exit from the competition.

 

The Red Devils sacrificed an early lead to lose 3-2 against group winners Wolfsburg, meaning Louis van Gaal‘s side relegate to the Europa League.

 

PSV Eindhoven took advantage of Manchester United’s loss to qualify into the knockout stage, coming from behind to score a late 2-1 win over Group B minnows CSKA Moscow.

 

 

Group C:

 

Already qualified sides Benfica and Atlético Madrid faced off to determine Group C’s winner and it was the latter who prevailed, winning 2-1 in Lisbon.

 

Galatasaray’s 1-1 draw at home with Champions League debutants Astana was enough for the Turkish side to finish third in the group and move into the Europa League.

 

 

Group D:

 

Last season’s runner-ups Juventus threw away their chance to top Group D, losing 1-0 away to Sevilla, thanks to a second-half goal from their former striker Fernando Llorente.

 

Juventus were left to settle for second spot, while 2014-15 Europa League winners Sevilla will get the chance to defend their title after finishing third in the group.

 

Manchester City scored three goals in the last 10 minutes to win 4-2 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, topping the group with 12 points.

 

 

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Martin Rose/Bongarts

 

 

Group E:

 

With Barcelona already qualified as group winners, Roma moved into the knockout phase despite only registering six points and one win.

 

Roma played out a goalless draw with Group E cellar dwellers BATE Borisov – their third draw of the competition – but it proved to be enough for the Romans, qualifying only via head-to-head.

 

Bayer Leverkusen, who also finished with six points, needed a win against reigning champions Barcelona, but had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw.

 

 

Group F:

 

After losing their first two group stage matches, Arsenal pulled off an amazing comeback to qualify for the knockout stages, scoring a 3-0 away win over Olympiacos.

 

Olivier Giroud was the hero, netting a hat-trick to help Arsenal leapfrog Olympiacos into second place and move into the Round of 16 for the 16th consecutive season.

 

Group winners Bayern Munich sealed their group stage campaign with a win, defeating Dinamo Zagreb away 2-0.

 

 

Group G:

 

Despite their dismal Barclays Premier League form, Chelsea defeated Porto 2-0 to clinch top spot in Group G, thanks to goals from their two top scorers this season – Willian and own goal!

 

The loss means Porto miss out on a place in the knockout stages by one point, following Dynamo Kyiv’s 1-0 win over bottom-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv.

 

Dynamo Kyiv will compete in the Round of 16 for the first time in 16 years, while Porto drop into the Europa League.

 

 

Group H:

 

Belgian side Gent scored a 2-1 win over already-qualified Zenit St. Petersburg to book a place in the Round of 16 for the first time.

 

Third-placed Valencia needed Gent to lose to qualify, but failed to hold up their end of the bargain regardless, losing 2-0 at home with Lyon.

 

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

 

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