Football   |   December 10, 2021

Champions League Group Stage Knockout Phase

Several teams pulled it through the Champions League group stage, some of them being knocked out. The following is a list of all clubs in their respective group stages and how they are faring. However, some groups, including Group E, F, G, and H, are yet to finalize their results. 

Group A

Paris Saint Germain sealed a 4-1 victory against Club Brugge at Parc des Princes thanks to goals from Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, who scored twice. Kylian Mbappe gave the Les Parisiens a lead within the first 2nd and 7th minute by scoring two goals.

At the 38th minute, Messi received a fantastic ball from Kylian Mbappe at the midway line. The unstoppable Argentine raced towards Simon Mignolet’s goal, and just before entering the box, he let go with his left foot netting in the goal. Lionel Messi’s total career goals are 757. The very same Pele achieved throughout his famous playing career.

Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain lie in the top two places in this knockout group phase. RB Leipzig sealed third-place with 7 points thanks to Andre Silva and Dominik Szoboszlai appearing on the score sheet. 

Riyad Mahrez scored for the former English Champions after sending off Kyle Walker. RB Leipzig will be heading to Europa League. Manchester City lies on the top of the table with 12 points, while PSG has 11 points.

Group B

In their last group stage match, Liverpool won 2-1 against AC Milan at San Siro, marking the Red’s 6th consecutive win in all UEFA Champions League competitions this season. Liverpools’ Mohamed Salah scored in the first half, and his teammate Divock Origi added another goal in the second half.

Liverpool became the first English Premier League team to win six out of six matches in a group stage. Liverpool tops with 18 points as AC Milan are out of Europe after finishing 4th. Atletico Madrid celebrated a magnificent 3-0 win against FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao. 

Despite the 67th minute red card on Yannick Carrasco reducing them to ten men, they made it through thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s goal in the 56th minute. FC also suffered a red card by sending off Borges Wendell. The Los Colchoneros also hit the hosts with two other counterattacks from Angel Correa and Rodrigo De Pau during the injury time.  

FC Porto secured a late penalty from Sergio Oliveira, but it was too late. Atletico Madrid finished second with 7 points while FC Porto 3rd with points, meaning they will be heading into Europa League. 

Group C

Ajax and Sporting Lisbon both qualified for the next round of the UEFA Champions League. Ajax secured a 4-2 win over Sporting Lisbon at Johan Cruijff Arena. Goals from Sebastien Haller and Brazilian Antony gave them a comfortable equalizer before the first half break.

The Dutch side went ahead early in the second half when David Neres added the third goal to their advantage. Sixteen minutes later, Steven Berghuis added the fourth goal, maintaining the lead despite the visitors receiving a consolation goal from Bruno Tabatas in the 78th minute. 

Sebastien Haller maintains his 100 percent scoring record streak in the UEFA Champions League. The former West Ham striker has maintained a consecutive score record in the six-match group phase since 2017-18, a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo while still at Real Madrid. 

His tally is at 10 goals this season.

Despite Borussia Dortmund’s excellent 5-0 win against Besiktas, they couldn’t pull through and finish third despite Sporting Lisbon losing to the Dutch side. 

Both Marco Reus and Erling Haaland appeared on the scoresheet by scoring two goals each. Sporting Lisbon was able to pull it through by finishing second. Borussia Dortmund will try their luck in the Europa League.

Group D

Real Madrid and Inter Milan go through UEFA Champions League Group D to the next round of the champions league. The two teams played a thrilling match at the Santiago Bernabéu. Both had chances, but Real Madrid came out on top with a 2-0 victory. 

Goals from Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio on either side of half-time saw the Los Blancos make it 15 points from their 6 games, winning five and losing one against FC Sheriff Tiraspol. It was the fifth consecutive win for Real Madrid in the UEFA group stage. Inter Milan finished second with 10 points. 

FC Sheriff Tiraspol finished third with 7 points and will be heading into the Europa League despite a good start at the Champions League. The Moldovan minnows managed a 1 – 1 against Shakhtar Donetsk following an injury-time equalizer from Boban Nikolov.