Late goals prove costly: Matchday 5 Review

Man Utd and Liverpool gave themselves work to do on Matchday 6 after Basel and Sevilla scored late goals to prevent progression.

Liverpool, as has become typical of them in recent years, raced into an early and convincing lead against the Spanish side with goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. However, as brilliantly as Liverpool can be going forward, they can be equally hapless at the back and their second half capitulation perhaps wasn’t as big a surprise as it should have been.

In Switzerland, Mourinho’s Man Utd were stumbling towards the point they needed until in 88th minute goal from Michael Lang denied them their place in the last 16. Utd created a whole host of first half chances but their failure to convert could prove costly with their final group game taking place just days before the Manchester Derby.

Chelsea joined Spurs in the knockout stages with a convincing 4-0 win away at Qarabag. Eden Hazard continued his fine form with a goal an assist with Willian (2) and Fabregas completing the scoring. Spurs had qualified on Tuesday with a 2-1 away win at Borrussia Dortmund, putting the disappointment of the North London Derby behind them quickly.

Elsewhere in Europe, PSG recorded another huge victory with a 7-1 win over Celtic, Neymar again at the forefront of a mesmerising display from the French leaders. Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Besiktas all also secured qualification to the first knockout round with a game to spare, the Turkish side doing so for the first time in 31 years.

The Champions League group stages come to a close on 6th December before the draw for the last 16 is made on 11th December at 11am.

 

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