Real Madrid and Inter win seal qualification; Borussia Dortmund joins Europa League – Champions League roundup | Football news
Posted On November 25, 2021
Real Madrid and Inter Milan secured their Champions League places the last 16, but Borussia Dortmund fell in the Europa League.
real Madrid surrendered to a 3-0 victory over Moldovan rivals Sheriff Tiraspol in their unbalanced clash of Group D.
France striker Karim Benzema, who was given a one-year suspended prison sentence earlier on Wednesday, scored a 10th-minute goal for offside as Los Blancos besieged the home side, which knocked out the team Spanish 2-1 backwards. see you in September.
David Alaba put the visitors ahead with a deflected free kick in the 30th minute, his shot from 22 yards leaving Sheriff’s goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis blocked after cutting off Cristiano’s outstretched foot.
Toni Kroos doubled Real Madrid’s lead at the stroke of half-time with a fine effort that went under the crossbar after a smooth movement gave the German midfielder time and space to choose his square.
Benzema took the score to 3-0 with a sublime strike from the edge of the penalty area in the lower corner after being dragged by left-back Ferland Mendy in the 55th minute, as Los Blancos kept their foot on the pedal .
The home side almost pulled it out shortly after the hour mark as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois parried Adama Traoré’s low blow and Sébastien Thill headed the post in follow-up.
Real lead the group with 12 points in five games, two more than the second Inter Milan with the result also sending the Italian champions after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0.
Edin Dzeko scored two goals to help Inter Milan reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years.
Dzeko’s two goals came within six minutes of the second half. Inter had been the top team by far but were disappointed with a poor finish, while Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin also made a number of good saves.
Inter had previously refused two goals, with Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez seeing their efforts excluded.
Sports Lisbon beat 10 men Borussia Dortmund 3-1 with two goals from Pedro Gonçalves to clinch his place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in 13 years and eliminate the Germans from the competition.
Gonçalves scored twice in the first half to lead his team to their 10th consecutive victory in all competitions and nine points in Group C, three ahead of the Germans with one game to play and a better head-to-head, after having lost 1-0 to Dortmund in September.
Sporting – in the round of 16 for the first time since 2008-09 – took advantage of a disastrous clearance from Nico Schulz who sent the ball straight to Goncalves who passed it past goalkeeper Gregor Kobel after half an hour. He then returned home 20 yards nine minutes later to put Sporting firmly in control.
Dortmund, still without injured striker Erling Haaland, came out in action after the break but their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Emre Can was sent off in the 75th for a foul on Pedro Porro.
Sporting were awarded a penalty four minutes later and Porro recovered with a header after Kobel saved Gonçalves’ shot on goal to deny him a hat-trick. Dortmund scored their consolation in stoppage time thanks to Donyell Malen.
Sebastien Haller brought his Champions League goal tally to nine this season as he came off the bench to score both goals as Ajax to beat Besiktas 2-1 to secure first place in Group C with five consecutive wins.
Manchester city sealed their passage to the Champions League the last 16 as group winners after coming back from a goal to beat Paris Saint Germain 2-1 at Etihad Stadium.
RB Leipzig scored four goals in the first half and added one after the break for a complete 5-0 away win at Club Brugge which took them out of the foot of Group A of the Champions League.
Leipzig is now in pole position to finish third in the standings and secure a place in the Europa League, ahead of its Belgian hosts.
Rachid Ghezzal gave Besiktas the lead with a penalty in the 22nd minute after Noussair Mazraoui handled the ball after a Ghezzal corner kick.
Haller first hit point blank after a cross from Nicolas Tagliafico in the 54th minute, then deflected a Lisandro Martinez shot into the net 15 minutes later.
Haller is tied with Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich as the Champions League top scorer this season.
A stunning header from Junior Messiah in the dying minutes AC Milan a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid and kept their qualifying hopes for the round of 16 alive.
On a frosty night in Madrid, a compact crowd at the Metropolitano stadium failed to boost Atletico, who struggled to make an impact against a Milan side who displayed urgency and aggressiveness in an inescapable situation.
Brazilian Messias opened the deadlock in the 87th minute with a spectacular header after hanging on to a perfect cross from Franck Kessie.
Second-half strikes by Thiago and Mohamed Salah also saw Liverpool ease past postage because they won 2-0 and stayed the course for a perfect Champions League group stage.
Wednesday’s results mean the race to see who joins group winners Liverpool in the next round will be on the wire. Porto, who have five points, as well as Milan and Atletico, who are tied with four points, will have to wait until the last round to decide who will finish second.