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The last day of the UEFA Champions League group stage began on Tuesday and left moments of excitement and drama in abundance. While Liverpool, the current champion, went through in Austria, Chelsea did the same in London to qualified to the knockout stages with a Valencia side that left Ajax, semifinalist of the last edition, on the road. In addition, Inter Milan, leader of the Italian Serie A, also said goodbye to the competition after losing at home against Barcelona, ?a result ?that also gave the qualification to Borussia Dortmund. Next, we review all Tuesday games.
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Liverpool, the last winner of the Champions League, visited Salzburg with chances of being eliminated in this group stage, but Klopp's men did not fail and won 0-2 thanks to the goals of Keita and Salah after suffering in the first half. Therefore, the ‘reds’ finished in the top spot of the group ahead of Napoli, who beat Genk 4-0 on the night in which his until yesterday coach Carlo Ancelotti was fired for the poor results in the Italian league. The meeting in San Paolo had no difficulties for the locals, who already thrashed their rivals in the first half thanks to Milik's hat-trick before Mertens’ penalty strike in the second half closing the match.
Qualified: Liverpool (1st), Napoli (2nd)
Barcelona visited San Siro already qualified and with the leadership of the group in their pocket, and that’s why they left out of their starting eleven big stars as Ter Stegen, Piqué, Busquets, De Jong, Luis Suarez or Messi, but they still took the 1-2 win and eliminated Inter from the continental tournament. It was one of the young guys, Carles Pérez, who gave the visiting team the lead, although Lukaku tied the match before the break. When it seemed that the game was dying with the 1-1 Ansu Fati appeared on the end to become the youngest scorer in the history of the competition and give the Catalan team three more points. Antonio Conte’s men needed to get the same result as Dortmund to go through, but the Germans beat Prague Slavia 2-1 with goals from Sancho and Brandt and joined Barça to the knockout stages, while Inter will have to settle with the Europa League.
Qualified: Barcelona (1st), Borussia Dortmund (2nd)
Leipzig was also qualified before the last matchday, although with their 2-2 draw in Lyon they secured the first place in the group. The Germans went to halftime with a two goals advantage thanks to two penalties converted by Forsberg and Werner, but Aouar and Depay tied in the second half and allowed the French to obtain the second place thanks to the Zenit’s defeat. The Russians were beaten 3-0 by Benfica in the remaining match of the day, and the strikes of Cervi, Pizzi, and Azmoun's own goal allowed the Portuguese team to clinch the third place that will allow them to play the Europa League knockout rounds.
Qualified: Leipzig (1st), Olympique Lyon (2nd)
The biggest emotions of the night came from a Group H in which Valencia, Chelsea, and Ajax arrived in the last day with options. The English played their role and defeated Lille 2-1 at Stamford Bridge with goals from Tammy Abraham and Azpilicueta, although it was the Spanish team that gave the surprise and beat Ajax 0-1 in Amsterdam. Rodrigo's lonely goal gave the group led to the Valencian team and left Chelsea second, in addition to forcing Ajax to settle for the Europa League after winning Europe’s heart with their football in the last campaign on their way to the semifinals of the top continental competition.
Qualified: Valencia (1st), Chelsea (2nd)
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