Champions League: Liverpool and Ajax fix promotion

Champions League

After FC Bayern Munich and Juventus Turin, FC Liverpool and Ajax Amsterdam also prematurely fixed promotion to the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The “Reds” won at home against Atletico Madrid 2-0 (2-0) and are confirmed as Group B winners. Ajax won in Pool C at Borussia Dortmund after 0: 1 with 3: 1 and is also in the knockout phase after four wins in four games.

Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, had to be content with a 2-2 at RB Leipzig. Manchester City beat Club Bruges 4-1 at home and lead Group A ahead of PSG. For Leipzig, the end in the premier class is sealed. Real Madrid (2: 1 against Shakhtar Donetsk) and Inter Milan (3: 1 against Sheriff Tiraspol) are on the course of the round of 16, who now lead Pool D according to the paper form.

In Anfield, Diogo Jota gave the hosts the lead (13th), while ex-Salzburg Sadio Mane made the final early (21st). Even in the first half, Madrid’s Felipe saw the red card (36th), already in the first duel Atletico had to make do with ten for a long time after Antoine Griezmann saw the red card in the 2-3 home defeat (52nd). The new runner-up in the group is Porto (5), who after a 1-1 draw at AC Milan (1) are now one point ahead of the Spanish champions.

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Ajax turns the game in Dortmund and celebrates the early promotion to the round of 16

In Dortmund, Mats Hummels had to leave early with a red card (29th), but the hosts took the lead – Marco Reus converted a penalty (37th). In the finish, Ajax turned up and with it the game after hits from Dusan Tadic (73rd), Sebastien Haller (82nd) ​​and Davy Klaassen (93rd). Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon (4-0 against Besiktas) are tied behind Ajax with six points each.

Real wins without shining

With ÖFB team player David Alaba as defense chief, Real defeated Shakhtar Donetsk without shining 2-1 on Wednesday evening and laughs from first place in the table in Group D. After a defensive error by Donetsk, Vinicius Junior Karim Benzema served it in the 14th minute 1-0. An easy exercise for the French who hit the 1,000. Real got a goal in the Champions League or the championship cup.

But the guests came up and in turn put pressure forward. Before the equalizer in the 39th minute, Alaba and Ferland Mendy shielded the goalscorer Fernando insufficiently, the Viennese did not get to the ball when trying to clear the ball.

David Alaba (Real)

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David Alaba and Real Madrid struggled to a home win against the Ukrainians

In the second half, Benzema (61st) restored the lead, while Vinicius was again the assistant. Shakhtar remained dangerous, however, and Alaba and Co. were challenged even after the break. A long-range shot by Taras Stepanenko (76th) just went over the goal, in the final minute Thibaut Courtois had to intervene in a Sudakov shot. However, it remained at 2: 1 Schachtar is bottom of the table with only one counter. Inter Milan overtook Sheriff Tiraspol thanks to a clear 3-1 away win and moved into second place.

Szoboszlai scores late against PSG

In Pool A, Paris Saint-Germain missed three points late without the injured Lionel Messi. Georginio Wijnaldum (21st, 40th) had put against RB Leipzig with a double to 2: 1. In stoppage time, however, the ex-Salzburg Dominik Szoboszlai converted the penalty to 2-2. For the Germans – with a very active Konrad Laimer up to the 86th minute – it was the first point of this CL season, promotion is no longer possible. Leipzig had taken the lead through Christopher Nkunku (8th), then Andre Silva missed a penalty against Gianluigi Donnarumma (12th). Manchester City are leaders after a clear 4-1 win against Club Brugge.

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Champions League: Liverpool and Ajax fix promotion