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This Wednesday the fifth matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage was completed, and Barcelona and Leipzig joined the six teams that were already qualified for the round of 16. Thus, half of the teams that will play the knockout rounds are already known, although a very exciting last day is anticipated with much to be decided.
? RESULTS ?— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 27, 2019
? Barcelona qualify following home victory
???? Inter move up to second in Group F
???? Liverpool draw with second-placed Napoli
? Leipzig through after dramatic comeback
?? Ajax Group H leaders with win in France#UCL
Barcelona needed to beat Borussia Dortmund at Camp Nou to ensure its qualification and the leadership of Group F, and also for not to arrive with obligations to the last match in San Siro against Inter. Valverde’s team did not start the game in the best way, and also lost Dembelé due to injury, but once again Messi appeared to lead the victory in the first half. The Argentine assisted Suárez in the first goal, and shortly after he received from the Uruguayan and scored his goal to arrive with a comfortable 2-0 to halftime. In the second half he added his second assist, in this case for Griezmann, to close the game and allow the three forwards to go home with a smile. In this way Barça reached 11 points in the group and left Inter and Dortmund with 7 and no chance of reaching them. It was precisely the Italian team who benefited from that result after beating Slavia Prague by 1-3 thanks to the goals of Lautaro and Lukaku, and now they are second in the group and depend on themselves to be in the knockout stages.
The other qualified team of the night was Leipzig, who went through to the last 16 after miraculously drawing 2-2 at home with Benfica. The Portuguese team had a 0-2 lead when they reached the 90th minute, but Forsberg's brace in added time gave the necessary point to the Germans. Thus, Benfica is eliminated, while Lyon and Zenit equal in points after the Russian team 2-0 victory in St. Petersburg. Now, both add 7 points and are three adrift of Leipzig, and in case of a triple tie on the last day, it would be the Russians who would fall to the Europa League.
The current champion of the competition missed the opportunity to qualify after the 1-1 at Anfield against Napoli. Mertens gave the Neapolitans an advantage in the first half, while Lovren got the tie in the 65’ to keep the English team in the Group E lead with 10 points, one ahead of their rival. For its part, Salzburg keeps its qualifying options alive after beating Genk 1-4 on a new Haaland scoring night -he has scored in the five matchdays so far-. The Austrians reach up to 7 points and could eliminate Liverpool in case of beating the 'reds' at home on the last day, assuming that Napoli gets the three points in Italy against Genk, while in a hypothetical triple tie it would also be the current champion who would fall to the Europa League.
Finally, Group H continues to offer thrills and leaves everything to be defined on the sixth matchday. Ajax is the leader with 10 points after their 0-2 victory against Lille with goals from Ziyech and Promes, while Chelsea and Valencia add 8 after starring in an exciting 2-2 draw at Mestalla. Everything can happen on the last day of the group stage, although the ‘blues’ would be in the next phase with a win at home over Lille, while Valencia must travel to Amsterdam and get the three points to lead the group.
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