Real Madrid and Inter wins seal qualification; Borussia Dortmund drop into Europa League – Champions League round-up


Real Madrid and Inter Milan have secured their spots within the Champions League final 16, however Borussia Dortmund have dropped into the Europa League.

Real Madrid strolled to a 3-0 win at Moldovan rivals Sheriff Tiraspol of their lop-sided Group D conflict.

France striker Karim Benzema, who was handed a suspended one-12 months jail sentence earlier on Wednesday, had a purpose chalked off within the tenth minute for offside as Real laid siege to the house aspect, who surprised the Spanish aspect 2-1 within the reverse fixture in September.

David Alaba fired the guests forward with a deflected free-kick within the thirtieth minute, along with his shot from 22 metres leaving Sheriff goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis stranded after it clipped Cristiano’s outstretched foot.

Toni Kroos doubled Real’s lead on the stroke of half-time with a nice effort which cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar after a flowing transfer left the German midfielder with time and area to select his spot.

Benzema made it 3-0 with a chic strike from the sting of the penalty space into the underside nook after he was teed up by left-again Ferland Mendy within the fifty fifth minute, as Real stored their foot on the pedal.

The residence aspect got here near pulling one again shortly after the hour as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois parried Adama Traore’s low drive and Sebastien Thill hit the put up with a glancing header within the observe-up.

Edin Dzeko scored twice for Inter Milan as they reached the last 16
Edin Dzeko scored twice for Inter Milan as they reached the final 16

Real prime the group on 12 factors from 5 video games, two greater than second-positioned Inter Milan with the end result additionally sending the Italian champions by means of after they beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0.

Edin Dzeko scored twice to assist Inter Milan attain the Champions League knockout stage for the primary time in 10 years.

Dzeko’s two targets got here within the area of six minutes within the second half. Inter had been by far the superior staff, however had been let down by poor ending, whereas Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin had additionally pulled off a variety of good saves.

Inter had earlier had two targets disallowed, with Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez seeing efforts dominated out.

Sporting Lisbon beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 with two targets from Pedro Goncalves to clinch their spot within the Champions League knockout levels for the primary time in 13 years and remove the Germans from the competitors.

Goncalves struck twice within the first half to guide his staff to their tenth straight victory in all competitions and 9 factors in Group C, three forward of the Germans with a recreation left and a greater head-to-head, after shedding 1-0 in Dortmund in September.

Emre Can was sent off for Borussia Dortmund
Emre Can was despatched off for Borussia Dortmund

Sporting – within the spherical of 16 for the primary time since 2008-09 – made essentially the most of a disastrous Nico Schulz clearance that despatched the ball straight to Goncalves who flicked it previous ‘keeper Gregor Kobel after half an hour. He then rifled residence from 20 metres 9 minutes later to place Sporting firmly within the driving seat.

Dortmund, nonetheless with out injured striker Erling Haaland, got here out combating after the break, however their hopes of a comeback had been dashed when Emre Can was despatched off within the seventy fifth for a foul on Pedro Porro.

Sporting earned a penalty 4 minutes later and Porro headed within the rebound after Kobel had saved Goncalves’ spot-kick to disclaim him a hat-trick. Dortmund scored their comfort in stoppage-time by means of Donyell Malen.

Sebastien Haller introduced his Champions League purpose tally to 9 this season as he got here off the bench to attain each targets as Ajax beat Besiktas 2-1 to safe the highest spot in Group C with 5 straight wins.

Manchester City sealed their passage into the Champions League final 16 as group winners after coming from a purpose all the way down to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City celebrate after Gabriel Jesus' winner against PSG
Manchester City have fun after Gabriel Jesus’ winner towards PSG

RB Leipzig scored 4 targets in a rampant first-half efficiency and added yet one more after the break for a complete 5-0 victory away at Club Brugge that lifted them off the foot of Champions League Group A.

Leipzig are actually in pole place to complete third within the standings and safe a berth within the Europa League, forward of their Belgian hosts.

Rachid Ghezzal had given Besiktas the lead from the penalty spot within the twenty second minute after Noussair Mazraoui dealt with the ball from a nook by Ghezzal.

Haller first tapped in from shut vary after a cross by Nicolas Tagliafico within the 54th minute and then deflected a shot by Lisandro Martinez into the roof of the web quarter-hour later.

Haller is stage with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as the highest scorer within the Champions League this season.

A shocking header from Junior Messias within the dying minutes handed AC Milan a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid and stored alive their hopes of qualifying for the final 16.

Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson after scoring Liverpool's second goal
Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson after scoring Liverpool’s second purpose

On a freezing evening in Madrid, a packed crowd on the Metropolitano Stadium didn’t spur on Atletico, who struggled to make any form of impression towards a Milan aspect who confirmed urgency and aggression in a should-win scenario.

Brazilian Messias broke the impasse within the 87th minute with a spectacular header after latching on to an ideal cross from Franck Kessie.

Second-half strikes from Thiago and Mohamed Salah additionally noticed Liverpool ease previous Porto as they gained 2-0 and stored on the right track for an ideal Champions League group stage.

Wednesday’s outcomes means the race to see who will be a part of group winners Liverpool within the subsequent spherical will go all the way down to the wire. Porto, who’re on 5 factors, in addition to Milan and Atletico, who’re tied on 4 factors, must wait till the ultimate spherical of fixtures to determine who will end second.

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