This season’s UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage is starting to take shape after the conclusion of gameday 5. So far, 11 sides have booked their place in the last 16 while 10 teams have already been eliminated from the competition. Five places will be up for grabs on the sixth and final game day. If you’re going to be putting money on the next round of fixtures be sure to check out sports betting sites reviews to stay safe while gambling.
Disaster For Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund are the biggest casualty of the group stage. The German side was eliminated after suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon, who have now sealed their place in the knockout stage Dortmund have picked up just six points in five games and find themselves with a goal difference of -6. Besiktas, RB Leipzig, Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv, Young Boys, Zenit St Petersburg, Club Bruges, Sheriff Tiraspol and Shakhtar Donetsk have all also been eliminated from the competition.
The English Premier League Teams Continue To Dominate
All four English sides in this year’s competition have eased through the group stage, qualifying with at least one game to spare.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have already made sure they will finish top of their respective groups.
In the biggest tie of game week five, Manchester City hosted PSG at the Etihad. Despite going a goal down they were able to come away with a 2-1 win over Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Liverpool had won all four of their Champions League games heading into last night’s match with Porto. Jurgen Klopp opted to rest a few key players but still managed to come away with a 2-0 win. They will now look to make history in the final group game by becoming the first English side to ever win all six Champions League group games.
Manchester United sealed qualification and top spot with a 2-0 win over Villareal on Tuesday. The Spanish side will now battle it out with Atalanta for second place in Group F.
The defending champions Chelsea continue to impress in their bid to retain the UCL trophy. Thomas Tuchel’s men battered Juventus 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Both teams have already qualified with 12 points on the board. The Blues will need to equal or better Juventus’ result on gameday six to ensure they top Group H.
Barcelona On The Brink Of Elimination
The once-feared Spanish giant is on the edge of being eliminated from this season’s Champions League. They sit second in Group E on seven points from five games, two ahead of their closest rivals. However, on game day 6 they face the tough task of traveling to Germany to face Bayern Munich. If they lose or a draw and Benfica are able to beat Dynamo Kyiv the five-time European champions will be playing Europa League football in the new year.
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