• Group E: Atlético Madrid and Lazio Roma qualify

Atletico Madrid booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League by beating Feyenoord (1-3) in Rotterdam, as did Lazio, who earlier won at home to Celtic Glasgow (2-0) on Tuesday 28 November on the penultimate matchday of the Champions League group stage.

Madrid won thanks to two own goals from Geertruida (14′) and Giménez (81′) and a superb volley from defender Hermoso (57′), against a header from Wieffer (77′). Atletico (11 points) will try to definitively retain their top spot when they host Lazio (10 points) on 13 December.

  • Group F: Dortmund qualified, PSG secured valuable point against Newcastle

Dortmund booked their place in the knockout stages with a 1-3 win over AC Milan at the San Siro. The 2023 German runners-up, assured of first place in Group E with ten points, opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute and, after Chukwueze's equaliser (37'), regained the lead in the second half thanks to Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (59') and Karim Adeyemi (69'). AC Milan, semi-finalists of the competition in 2023, are 4th and last with 5 points.

PSG, meanwhile, snatched a last-minute draw against Newcastle (1-1) on a penalty from Kylian Mbappé and remain in the race for qualification. Trailing for a long time and ineffective, Paris remain in 2nd place in their group, two points ahead of their opponents of the evening, before going to Dortmund, already qualified, for the last matchday.

  • Group G: Manchester City come from behind against RB Leipzig

Manchester City, more nervous than usual, came back from behind two early goals from Loïs Openda to grill Leipzig (3-2) and ensure they finish top of Group G even before the last game. The reigning European champions, already through to the knockout stages at kick-off, fulfilled the mission set by Pep Guardiola, with first place secured, but the usual superpowers of his players did not light up the English sky, for once.

In the other game, Young Boys Bern won 2-0 against Red Star Belgrade to secure third place in the group – a Europa League qualifier.

  • Group H: FC Barcelona book their ticket to the knockout stages

FC Barcelona finally chased away their ghosts and qualified for the knockout stages for the first time in two years by beating FC Porto (2-1). After back-to-back group stage exits, the five-time winners of the competition are guaranteed to finish top of Group H with 12 points from five games.

Fouled for the Dragons' opening goal by Brazilian Pepe (30′), Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo made up for it by equalizing shortly afterwards (32′) and then providing an assist for his compatriot Joao Félix (57′).

Shakhtar Donetsk also did well by beating Antwerp (1-0). It was defender Mykola Matviienko who opened the scoring, right from the start (12'), by receiving a free kick. With this win, the Ukrainians remain third in Group H but are level on points (9) with Porto heading into the final matchday of the group stage.

With AFP

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