Godin close to leave Inter08 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
The defender failed to adapt to Conte's tactical system and could leave in the next transfer window.
The fourth matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage was completed on Wednesday and left the first three qualified teams for the round of 16, after Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain won their respective matches and certified their mathematic qualification for the next round of the top continental tournament.
Bayern Munich added their fourth win in four matches and made an insurmountable difference to seal their pass to the knockout stages for the twelfth consecutive season. The qualification came after beating Olympiakos 2-0 at Allianz Arena, in a match in which the Greek team resisted until the 69th minute, when scorer Robert Lewandowski appeared with his sixth European goal in four games and 17 in 21 appearances this season. The Polish striker has scored in every Bundesliga and Champions League match this season, is the fifth historical scorer of the Champions League with 59 goals and opened a match that was closed by the substitute Ivan Perisic in the 89th minute.
With 12 points, Bayern ensures at least the second place in Group B, which is now in possession of Tottenham after its 0-4 victory over Red Star Belgrade. The German champions also leave behind a complicated week in which they were thrashed by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and in which they lost their manager Niko Kovac, so the interim coach Hans-Dieter Flick debuted with the right foot before facing the great ‘Klassiker’ against Borussia Dortmund next weekend.
Juventus also assured its qualification in its visit to Lokomotiv Moscow, although with more suffering. The Italian team went ahead on the scoreboard thanks to an error by goalkeeper Guilherme, who failed to contain a freekick from Cristiano Ronaldo that was completed by Aaron Ramsey after the ball escaped to the Brazilian goalkeeper between his legs. But Miranchuk achieved the draw still in the first quarter of the game and, when it seemed that the 1-1 would be final, Douglas Costa appeared in the 93rd minute for, in a memorable play that included a Gonzalo Higuían heel assist, define between the legs of the rival keeper and seal the 'Vecchia Signora' pass to the round of 16.
Thus, Juve reached 10 points in Group D, leaving Atlético second with 7 and the Russian team and Bayer Leverkusen very far with three. The next meeting in Turin will surely decide the leadership of the group when the ‘bianconeri’ receive the Spanish team, which could also have sealed their pass to the next round this Wednesday, although they missed the opportunity after they lost in Germany against Leverkusen.
The third team classified this Wednesday was PSG, which did not play its best game, but beat Brugge 1-0 thanks to a new goal by Argentine Mauro Icardi, who adds eight goals in his first nine games with his new club. It was also essential Keylor Navas, who stopped a penalty in the 76th minute to once again keep his goal unbeaten for the French champion. The Parisian team is the only one in this group phase of the Champions League who have not yet conceded goals in these first four matchdays.
With this triumph PSG reaches 12 points and makes it impossible for his opponent tonight, third in the table with two points, to reach them in the last two games, so all that remains to be decided in Group A is the second qualified team, which right now is Real Madrid with 7 points. It seems almost impossible for the Spanish giant to lose the second place, and the next meeting against PSG in Madrid could give them some options to fight for the group's top spot. Meanwhile, Tuchel’s team will try to continue their immaculate journey in the European tournament.
In addition to Atlético de Madrid, Manchester City and Napoli also had options to achieve the qualification for the round of 16 on this matchday, but both tied, missed that oportunity and must wait at least one more game to ensure their presence in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
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