UEFA Champions League Group Stages Final Games Review

Posted by jemivel322 on September 26th, 2020


The UEFA Champions League reached the final stages of this week's group stage with only the last group positions to be decided. Which teams make up the last 16 and advance to the dramatic track stages of the competition, which resumes in February next year? Which teams will top their groups and thus potentially win an easier draw? Other questions to be decided were which 8 more teams would comfort a ticket to the UEFA Cup and which remaining 8 teams would finish at the bottom and say goodbye to all European football this season.

We start our review the answers to these questions on Tuesday night and with the match against top D. Group finally went to Liverpool, who climbed over Atletico Madrid. Liverpool put a slightly under strength side against PSV Eindhoven, resting captain Steven Gerrard and with striker Fernando Torres still not quite in shape. Still, the former Champions still managed an impressive 3-1 away win despite conceding a goal. PSV, on the other hand, is one of the eight teams that have now been completely eliminated from the Europeans after finishing the bottom of the group.

Opening goals from PSV were scored by Danko Lazovic goals that came from a corner that should never have been given. The ball clearly only touched a PSV player last for the Russian lineman, who stood a few meters away to give a corner to everyone's total disbelief. The decision burned Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez completely, and he was subsequently spoken to by the ยูฟ่าประกาศเลื่อนแข่ง.

Fortunately for Liverpool, the goal did not have lasting significance for the game. Ryan Babel reduced the lead to 1 - 1 with a superb free kick strike that flew in just under the far top corner. So in the second half, Liverpool's Spanish winger Albert Riera scored with an absolutely brilliant strike from 25 yards. The 5-time champions were in total control and youngster David Ngog sealed the victory with his first senior goal for the club. All this meant that Atletico Madrid were at least equal or better Liverpool's result to finish the top of the group. Unfortunately, they were able to manage a 0-0 draw against Marseille. A draw was enough for Marseille to claim third place and thus a place in the UEFA Cup.

GROUP D CLOSING POSITIONS

1 Liverpool 14 points

2 Atletico Madrid 12 points

3 Marseille 4 points

4 PSV 3 points

In Group A, it was the Italian team Roma who finally claimed number one which beat the French Borbeaux 2-0. As a result, the French side joined the bottom of the group and were completely knocked out of Europe. It was Roma’s Brighi who placed a low post from Perrotta that broke the deadlock just after the hour mark. Then Francesco Totti fired in from the edge of the box to secure the win and the top spot.

Meanwhile, Chelsea welcomed their Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, albeit only as a replacement. Although they won their match 2 - 1, thanks to Drogba's winning goal, Chelsea generally did not look too convincing against the unknown Romanian side Cluj.

Scolaris Chelsea needed to win to secure their passage to the 16-day final and it was left to the talismanic Drogba to get off the bench and seal the win with an excellent finish. This victory for the Blues means that both Spain and England will have four teams in the last 16 of the Champions League. This is the first time two nations have achieved the feat in the same season.

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