Gr. A: Paris finally brilliant, Leipzig in C3
Guaranteed to be in the eighth before this last group day, PSG regained some of its vanished brilliance during a non-stakeholder match against Club Bruges, with two doubles signed Kylian Mbappé (2nd, 7th) and Lionel Messi ( 38th, 76th from the penalty spot).
It is a glimmer of hope for the coach Mauricio Pochettino, much criticized recently for his inability to shine his multiple stars and deprived for several weeks of injured Neymar.
At the Parc des Princes, the Messi-Mbappé duo made the Belgian defense dizzy and too bad if Bruges took advantage of a certain defensive relaxation in the second half to reduce the score by Mats Rits (68th).
“We had a complete performance, it was much better. We can still improve but today we took a small step forward,” savored Mbappé at the microphone of Canal +, giving an appointment in February for the eighths.
By then, there will be the draw scheduled for Monday (12 p.m.) in Nyon, where Manchester City will also appear, who were already assured of the first place in the group (12 pts) ahead of PSG (11 pts) despite his 2-1 loss to Leipzig on Tuesday. The German club finished third and will be transferred to the Europa League.
Gr. B: Griezmann and Atlético emerge from chaos
Incorrigible Atlético: in an electric duel punctuated by a red card on both sides, the Madrid club composted its ticket for the eighth by styling Porto, beaten 3-1 on its lawn, and AC Milan , defeated 2-1 by an already qualified Liverpool team.
The three-way match turned to the advantage of the “Colchoneros” thanks to the parades of the Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and thanks to Griezmann, scorer of a not very academic recovery at the reception of a corner (56th) then passer for Angel Correa (90th) before the goal of the K.-O. by Rodrigo De Paul (90th + 2), in which the Frenchman is still involved.
But the meeting at the Dragon stadium will have breathed the jitters and the tension to the end, with the deserved exclusions of Yannick Carrasco (67th) then Wendell (70th) for two moods, and the start of a general fight.
“We suffered and we won TOGETHER,” tweeted Griezmann, who has become himself again since returning to Atlético after a failed break at Barça.
It is cruel for Milan, seven-time winner of the C1, who briefly glimpsed the qualification by leading in the score but was overthrown at home by Mohamed Salah (36th) and Divock Origi (55th). Liverpool come full circle in this group stage (6 matches, 6 wins) and Porto will play C3.
Gr.C: Haller does not stop, Haaland is coming back
In Pool C, nothing was at stake on Tuesday but that did not stop Sébastien Haller: scorer on penalty against Sporting Portugal (4-2), the Ivorian international center of Ajax Amsterdam scored his 10th goal this season in C1.
Here is Haller alone at the top of the scorers classification ahead of the Polish Robert Lewandowski (9 goals). And since Ajax, who signed a clear round in his group, was already qualified for the eighth, like Sporting, the Franco-Ivorian will have the opportunity to increase his loot in February …
In the other meeting, Dortmund crushed Besiktas for the honor (5-0), including a double from the returning Erling Haaland. Borussia will be transferred to the Europa League.
Gr. D: the seeded Real
Real “final” for the first place in Pool D, the shock Real-Inter smiled at the Madrilenians (2-0), who were already qualified in the same way as the Interists. In the other match, Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol neutralized each other (1-1).
At the Santiago-Bernabéu stadium, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real won thanks to Toni Kroos (17th) and Marco Asensio (79th), well helped by the exclusion of Nicolo Barella (63rd).
The “White House”, seeded in the draw, will be an opponent to be avoided for the second in the group, including PSG, a former club … of Ancelotti (2011-2013).
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C1: Griezmann sends Atlético to the eighth, Paris regains brio