The last two days of the UEFA Champions League group stage began today, and here are all the goals and highlights from tonight’s games from groups A-D
Bordeaux, in a meaningless match for them, beat Maccabi Haifa 1-0 (Jussie, 12) in Israel, finishing an almost flawless group stage, finishing on top of group A with 16 points. The Israeli champions became the first team in the history of the Champions League to finish the group stage with no goals and no points as well.
In the group’s second game and the one that actually mattered, Bayern Munich stunned Juventus 4-1 in Torino, leaving the Italians with Europa league consolation. Trezeguet put Juve ahead, but a horrid Juve defense, especially in the second half, helped Bayern (Butt, Olic, Gomez, Tymoschuk) complete a great victory.
Wolfsburg needed a win over United and hope that CSKA will come up short in Turkey for them to advance into the next stage, but a Michael Owen hat trick sent the German champions who are struggling domestically as well this season to the Europa League, as United finished first in the group, sealing it with a 3-1 win (Dzeko scored for Wolfsburg).
In Turkey, CSKA Moscow needed a win to finish second in the group and qualify onto the next round, and a dramatic Aldonin goal (90th minute) gave them the 2-1 win.
In Group C, Real Madrid qualified from the top spot as they beat Marseille 3-1 in France, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two goals (Amazing first goal), while Marseille failed to get the win they needed for a second place finish, leaving Deschamps’ side with a Europa League spot.
AC Milan got themselves into a little bit of trouble, falling behind early against FC Zurich, but Real’s win in Marseille meant that the 1-1 draw (Ronaldinho equalized with a penalty) was enough for the Italian for a second place finish, while Zurich ended their continental play for this season.
In Group D, the only real question was whether Atletico would manage to save something from their disastrous season and qualify for the Europa league through a third place finish. They didn’t really help their own cause, as they got crushed by Porto in Madrid 3-0, with goals from Bruno Alves, Falcao and Hulk.
APOEL Nicosia weren’t too far from causing a huge upset in London, but Chelsea came back from an early deficit (Essien, Drogba), and the 2-2 draw meant the Cypriots finished fourth, sending Atletico to the Europe league.