City qualify but remain silent

Earlier in the evening, Manchester City had shown a particularly timid face on the lawn of FC Copenhagen, a team that the English champion had blown up last week. Reduced to ten early in the game, the English champions, without Erling Haaland, settled for the minimum script (0-0). This goalless draw nevertheless guarantees them a place in the round of 16 since Sevilla, now led by Jorge Sampaoli, did not beat Borussia Dortmund despite a goal from Kouassi (1-1).

Uninspired Real…

Another scarecrow of the tournament, Real Madrid, defending champion, was also disappointing in this evening when the big names seemed to be out of inspiration. Carlo Ancelotti’s men did not hold their rank by being hooked by Shakhtar Donetsk (1-1). They could even have come away with a frankly annoying defeat if Rüdiger had not saved the day by equalizing at the end of the night (1-1, 90th + 5) to respond to Zubkov (1-0, 46th). For its part, RB Leipzig won on the lawn of Celtic Glasgow (2-0). A three-way match will liven up the last days in this group.

Juve on the brink, Milan tamed by Chelsea

All eyes were also on Haifa in the early evening. Juventus, in bad shape, confirmed its big difficulties by being led and mistreated by the Israeli formation. The Old Lady fell into the trap and conceded a loss with the score of 2 to 0. A defeat which does not yet exclude her from the tournament, but which almost mortgages her chances of affording a European spring…

Finally, the clash between AC Milan and Chelsea turned in favor of the Blues (2-0), who regained the lead in their group after a serious delay in ignition. Jorginho (0-1, 21st) and Aubameyang (0-2, 34th) made the difference in the first period for the London club. Direct consequence: RB Salzburg, who collected a point against Dynamo Zagreb (1-1), overtakes Milan to slip into second qualifying place, for the moment. A lackluster record for the Italian champion, sovereign in his country but far from his former glory on the European scene.

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