UEFA Champions League 2020-21, Matchday 6 round-up: Juventus rout Barcelona, Manchester United miss out
First Published Dec 9, 2020, 3:30 PM IST
Tuesday marked the end of the UEFA Champions League group stage campaign for clubs from four groups. While a couple of clubs ensured their fate and qualified for the pre-quarters, a few crashed out unexpectedly. Here is the complete round-up from Tuesday.
The ongoing edition of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) saw the tournament entering Matchday 6, which happened to be the last for some clubs in their group stage campaign. While a few clubs sealed their place in the pre-quarters, some unexpectedly crashed out, while some were demoted to the Europa League. Consequently, we present the round up of the four groups and its clubs, who were involved on Tuesday.
Group E: The group hardly had any implications for its qualifiers, who had already sealed their place in the pre-quarters. Nonetheless, the race for the top spot was on, as Chelsea sealed it with a 1-1 home draw over Krasnodar, while Sevilla finished second with a 3-1 away win over Rennes.
Group F: This group had the race for the qualifiers on. Nonetheless, it was Borussia Dortmund, who ensured their spot on the top with a 2-1 away win over Zenith. Meanwhile, Lazio secured a tough 2-2 draw at home against Club Brugge, as it was the former who qualified for the second spot.
Group G: Now, this group had already sealed its qualifiers, in the form of Juventus and Barcelona. However, the two were involved in a fierce clash on Tuesday, in a battle for supremacy between two modern-day GOATs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. While Barca had won in Turin, Juventus turned it around at Camp Nou, winning 3-0, via Ronaldo's brace. Meanwhile, Dynamo Kyiv secured the third spot with a 1-0 home win over Ferencvaros.
Group H: This happened to be a dramatic group, as three teams happened to be in contention for qualifying. Manchester United needed a win against RB Leipzig to qualify, only to succumb to a 2-3 away defeat, to squander their chance and finish third. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) faced off at home against Istanbul Basaksehir, only for the match to end prematurely, as the players walked off following the racial slur against the latter. While Leipzig finish on top, PSG take the second spot. Although the latter would replay their game on Wednesday, it would hardly have any implications on United's chances.
Teams demoted to Europa League: As per rules, the third-placed teams would now feature in the Round of 32 of the Europa League. Krasnodar, Brugge, Kyiv and United are the ones who would now feature in the second-tier European tournament.