Wednesday November 24th 2021
Haller breaks Haaland’s goal record
Kroos’ beautiful Schlenzer helps Real’s revenge
David Alaba and Toni Kroos initiate Real’s entry into the round of 16, İlkay Gündoğan turns the game at PSG with Manchester City and Jürgen Klopp is working with Liverpool on a flawless preliminary round in the Champions League. A late Milan goal creates a curious table situation.
Former international Toni Kroos has helped Real Madrid to advance to the eighth finals of the Champions League. The 2014 world champion scored 3-0 (2-0) at Sheriff Tiraspol with a remarkable flick from the edge of the penalty area, the second goal (45th + 1) of the Royal, which means that before the last matchday no longer third place in the group D can fall back. In the first leg Tiraspol had sensationally won 2-1 in Madrid.
David Alaba (30th) had put Real in the lead, Karim Benzema (55th) scored the final score. The French international was sentenced to one year probation and a fine on match day for attempted extortion with a sex video.
The Italian champions Inter Milan are also one lap ahead. In the 2-0 (0-0) against Shakhtar Donetsk, the former Bundesliga top scorer Edin Dzeko scored twice (61st, 67th). Inter still have a chance of winning the group in a direct duel with Real on the last day of the group.
Mbappé’s hit is not enough
Manchester City and Paris St. Germain also bought the ticket for the knockout round. The English champions around national player İlkay Gündoğan turned the top game against PSG to a 2: 1 (0: 0) and are clear as the winners of Group A, PSG are certainly second despite the first CL defeat of the season. PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé (50th) had taken care of the leadership of the French star ensemble around Lionel Messi, before Raheem Sterling (63rd) and Gabriel Jesus (76th) answered for the hosts.
Liverpool FC were already the first in Group B before the 5th match day and extended their lead with a 2-0 (0-0) against the former Champions League winners FC Porto. Thiago Alcantara paved the way to the fifth win in the fifth game with the 1-0 (52nd), the final point was set by Mohamed Salah (70th). Since AC Milan scored their first victory in the parallel game with a 1-0 (0-0) win at Atlético Madrid, these two clubs and Porto still have hope of surviving the group stage. With his late goal, Junior Messias (87.) made for an exciting constellation on the last day of the match.
Thanks to record man Sebastien Haller, Ajax Amsterdam made first place in the Borussia Dortmund group prematurely perfect. The Dutch record champions won 2-1 (0-1) at Besiktas Istanbul, celebrating their fifth win in their fifth game. Haller scored eight and nine goals in the premier class (54th, 69th) and improved Erling Haaland’s record – today’s Dortmund player scored “only” eight times in his first five CL appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in 2019.