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Bayern and Juve qualified, Lille finally wins

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Juventus Turin and Bayern Munich have become the first two clubs to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2021/2022 Champions League. qualification.

Nine years after their last success in C1, Lille finally won on an evening also marked by the qualification of Bayern Munich and Juventus Turin in the round of 16.

• Group G: Lille finally win

Lille had to win to maintain hope. The French champions, at first largely dominated, did it with style by overthrowing Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium (2-1) – their first success in C1 since 2012. Here they are completely relaunched in group G, where they go back to second place, two points behind leader Salzburg, beaten in Wolfsburg (2-1), another big winner of the evening.

Former Marseille player Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring for Sevilla (1-0, 15e). Lille was able to count on their striker Jonathan David again to equalize on a penalty before the break (1-1, 43e). Jonathan Ikoné, in ambush to take back a shot from Zeki Celik pushed back by the post, allowed the Mastiffs to pass in front of the return from the locker room (2-1, 51e)

Salzburg had the opportunity to qualify, but in this decidedly very undecided group, the Austrians fell in Germany (2-1). Their first defeat in official competition since April 21.

Surprised from the 3e minute with a goal from Ridle Baku (1-0), Salzburg equalized through Maximilian Wöber from a free kick (1-1, 30e). Lukas Nmecha, already a scorer in the first leg, gave Wolfsburg the advantage (2-1, 60e) now third with the same number of points as Lille.

• Group E: Bayern continue to crush everything, Ansu Fati reassures Barça

Qualification was reaching out to the Bavarians. Robert Lewandowski’s teammates are unsurprisingly in the round of 16 thanks to their 5-2 home win against Benfica. For his 100e match in the Champions League, the Polish striker offered himself a hat-trick (26e61e84e). Eight goals in four C1 matches, 81 goals in total in the premier competition, the candidate for the Ballon d’Or still panics the counters. Scorer, he was also a decisive passer for Serge Gnabry (32e). Leroy Sané also scored for Bayern (49e), who however conceded his first two goals in C1.

On the road to recovery: FC Barcelona chained a second consecutive success in C1 against Dynamo kyiv. Winner of the Ukrainians at Camp Nou (1-0), the Catalans won by the same score in kyiv thanks to Ansu Fati (70e) and replace themselves for the qualification, in second place behind the untouchable Bayern. After a catastrophic start in C1 and very laborious in La Liga, the dismissal of Ronald Koeman, replacing the interim Sergi Barjuan, the Blaugrana are regaining some color.

• Group F: Ronaldo still saves Manchester United

Already savior of Manchester United against Villarreal and Atalanta, Cristiano Ronaldo, author of a double, allowed his team to snatch the point of a draw in Bergamo (2-2). Defeated 3-2 by the Mancunians after leading 2-0 in the first leg, Atalanta thought they would get their revenge, but that was without counting on the 36-year-old Portuguese. On goals from Josip Ilicic (1-0, 12e) and Duvan Zapata (57e), Ronaldo responded twice (45+1, 90+1). The Mancunians, who however lost Raphaël Varane to injury, retain the lead of the group with 7 points ahead of Villarreal, 7 points also after their success against Young Boys (2-0). Atalanta are third two points behind the duo.

• Group H: C1 smiles at Juve, Chelsea is reassured

Widely behind in Serie A (9e 16 points behind co-leaders Naples and Milan), Juventus have taken the lead in C1 where they are already in the eighth. The Turinese continued their faultless with a fourth success, against Zénit Saint-Petersburg (4-2) at home. Massimiliano Allegri’s team won thanks to a double from Paulo Dybala (11e58e sp), a goal from Federico Chiesa (74e) and another by Alvaro Morata (82e).

Defending champion Chelsea was content with a short success in Malmö (1-0). If the Blues were already leading 3-0 at the break during their big victory (4-0) against the Swedes at Stamford Bridge, this time they struggled to concretize their domination. The solution finally came from Hakim Ziyech (1-0, 56e).

The main thing is done for the men of Thomas Tuchel, who have not lost since their setback at Juventus at the end of September (1-0). It is against the Turinese that the Londoners will play their qualification, on November 23 at home.

With AFP



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