Group G: Dortmund follows Man City into the knockout phase
- Dortmund-Manchester City 0-0
Although BVB and the “Citizens” parted without a goal, the hosts must have felt like winners. Finally, a draw was enough for Dortmund to qualify for the round of 16. And in the Swiss duel between Gregor Kobel and Manuel Akanji (substituted on during the break), there was a winner despite the draw: Goalie Kobel. In the 58th minute, he miraculously fended off a penalty from Riyad Mahrez. The “Citizens”, who were already the winners of their group, missed their greatest chance to convert their superiority into three points.
Seville 3-0 Copenhagen
Copenhagen remains in the “premier class” without a goal. The logical consequence: After the 0: 3 in Seville, the Danes have to bow out with just two points. In the penultimate group game, the Andalusians dominated the game against a deep opponent, but needed 61 minutes to score. Youssef En-Nesyri deflected a cross from Papu Gomez to take the lead. The opening goal of the Spaniards came just in the pressure phase of FC Copenhagen. Shortly before the end, Isco (88th) made it 2-0 with a remarkable flick. Another Seville player, Gonzalo Montiel, was responsible for the final point.
Group F: Leipzig duped the “Royal”
- Leipzig – Real Madrid 3:2
With a committed performance, Leipzig inflicted Real Madrid’s first competitive defeat of the season. This put the Saxons in pole position in the race for second place behind the “Royals”. At the origin of the 3:2 coup was a double strike by Leipzig between the 13th and 18th minute. The committed Timo Werner (81st) made the preliminary decision with his goal, so that the hosts didn’t have to tremble again after Rodrygo scored another goal in injury time.
- Celtic Glasgow 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
While the guests from Donbass can actually live well with the 1-1 draw, the draw means Celtic are eliminated early. The Scottish champions still had their small chance of winning the Europa League after the 1-0 in the 34th minute thanks to Georgios Giakoumakis. At the latest when Mjchajlo Mudrjk equalized (58th), however, Glasgow’s hopes dwindled. Because Shakhtar’s Danjlo Sikan (72′) failed miserably in front of the empty goal, the Ukrainians could have done even better.
Group E: Chelsea with preliminary decision
Salzburg initially had more of a game against leader Chelsea. Chelsea scored their first goal with the first goal: Matteo Kovacic (23rd) gave the guests the lead from the edge of the penalty area. The “Blues” then had several good chances to extend their lead – with the game parts having meanwhile turned around. This usury was promptly punished: Ex-St. Galler Junior Adamu used a quick counterattack in the 48th minute. Fifteen minutes later, however, the Londoners answered: Kai Havertz locked the ball into the net via the bottom edge of the bar. The guests took the second lead and qualified early for the round of 16. The fact that three Swiss players were on the pitch with Philipp Köhn, Noah Okafor and despite Denis Zakaria on the Chelsea bench was down to Sandro Schärer, the referee.
- Dinamo Zagreb 0-4 Milan
Dinamo Zagreb, on the other hand, is about to be eliminated. The Croatians held off against the Italian champions until just before half-time, when Matteo Gabbia opened the scoring for the northern Italians. After the break, Rafael Leao (50′) and Olivier Giroud also added goals from the point nine minutes later. To make matters worse from Dinamo’s point of view, Robert Ljubicic (69th) even scored an own goal. Before the final appearance in London, Zagreb therefore only has a theoretical chance of staying in Europe over the winter.