The group stage of the UEFA Champions League has reached its end, with 16 of Europe’s best clubs moving on to the knockout rounds.
We review key matches and highlights from around the tournament in Matchweek Six.
FC BASEL 1 / ARSENAL 4 – ST. JAKOB PARK
Arsenal secured top spot in Group A on Tuesday with 4-1 victory at FC Basel. After topping their Champions League group only once in the last six seasons, the Gunners will feel positive about their chances ahead of the Round of 16 draw on Monday.
Spanish striker Lucas Perez was the star of the show, bagging a hat-trick and certainly appearing to be fully recovered from an ankle injury suffered in October. Alex Iwobi added a fourth (53’) in a truly dominant display from manager Arsene Wenger’s side.
Arsenal will face one of the Champion League group’s second-place teams in the next round.
BARECELONA 4 / BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH 0 – CAMP NOU
Barcelona finished on top of Group C with a 4-0 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday. An impressive run for the Blaugrana saw the club post a record of 5-0-1 in group play.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring early on, with Arda Turan’s hat-trick (50’, 53’, 67’) more than enough for the Barcelona victory.
Borussia Monchengladbach will be moving on to the UEFA Europa League by finishing third in the group.
MANCHESTER CITY 1 / CELTIC 1 – ETIHAD STADIUM
Manchester City completed play in Group C on Tuesday evening with a 1-1 draw against Celtic. City will move on to the next round as group runners-up.
Patrick Roberts, on loan from City, opened the scoring in the 4th minute to give Celtic a 1-0 lead. Striker Kelechi Iheanacho equalised moments later in what became a physical battle throughout.
The crowd at the Etihad was in a similar mood, as supporters from both sides clashed late in the match.
BAYERN MUNICH 1 / ATLETICO MADRID 0 – ALLIANZ ARENA
Bayern Munich defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday evening to finish off action in group D. Despite the result, Atletico will finish as group winners with Bayern in second place.
Bayern had struggled recently, with two losses in their last four matches across all competitions. But the Bundesliga champions controlled possession in the midfield throughout and a wonderful Robert Lewandowski free-kick (28’) was enough for the victory.
Both clubs will learn their Round of 16 opponents on Monday, December 12th.
REAL MADRID CF 2 / BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2 – THE SANTIAGO BERNABEU
Real Madrid stretched their incredible unbeaten streak to 34 matches with a 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. The result puts Dortmund on top of Group F.
A wild second-half comeback saw Marco Reus find the equaliser only minutes from the final whistle.
Both clubs entered the tie already qualified for the Round of 16 and each kept a patient approach to the encounter. Real controlled much of the first half, with Karim Benzema scoring in the 28th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Benzema added another strike (53’) to reach 50 career Champions League goals.
The second half saw a higher tempo and a much faster pace. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (61’) brought one back for Dortmund, with manager Thomas Tuchel’s side eventually drawing level in the 88th minute through Reus.
SCORES AROUND THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
TUESDAY DECEMBER 6TH
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 2 / LUDOGORETS RAZGRAD 2
DYNAMO KYIV 6 / BESIKTAS 0
SL BENFICA 1 / NAPOLI 2
PSV EINDHOVEN 0 / FC ROSTOV 0
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7TH
LEGIA WARSAW 1 / SPORTING CP 0
FC PORTO 5 / LEICESTER CITY 0
CLUB BRUGGE 0 / FC COPENHAGEN 2
OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 0 / SEVILLA FC 0
JUVENTUS 2 / DINAMO ZAGREB 0
BAYER LEVERKUSEN 3 / AS MONACO 0
TOTTENHAM 3 / CSKA MOSCOW 1
Roy Emanuel, TFN Deputy Editor and US Correspondent on 07/12/2016 at 21:46
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