Real Madrid tops Group F – Benfica tops Group H
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The penultimate, 15th place of the Champions League playoffs is for Leipzig, the representative of the Bundesliga. Leipzig defeated Shakhtar Donetsk with a big score in Warsaw – 4:0. Therefore, Shakthar will switch to the Europa League. Christopher Nkunku started the raid of the Ukrainian club. Eventually, the 24-year-old Frenchman added an assist to the goal and played the lion’s share in the team’s convincing victory.
Real Madrid won first place in the group very easily, beating the weakest Celtic with a big score – 5:1. Additionally, three penalties were awarded in the first half, Modric and Rodrigo scored, and Thibaut Courtois did not let his opponent score. In the second half, Asensio, Vinicius, and Valverde scored goals against Joe Hart.
In Group H, it was to be seen who would move to the Europa League, Juventus or Maccabi Haifa, and who would top the group, Paris Saint-Germain or Benfica.
Here, an amazing finish awaited us in Group H – Kylian Mbappé was the best among PSG, he scored a goal and an assist, and the Parisian club beat Juventus 2:1. Finally, the highlight of this meeting was the appearance of Federico Chiesa on the field, the leader of the Italian national team played for the first time after an 11-month forced break.
In Israel, Benfica beat Maccabi 6:1, and after that, the Portuguese and French giants in the group were absolutely equal, including the goal difference. According to the rule, the number of away goals was decisive – Benfica scored 8, PSG – 6. So, the Lisbon club took first place in the group. Juventus will continue their fight in the Europa League, despite having three points to take the 3rd place.
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