Bayern, Juventus Through to Champions League Knockout Rounds

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BERLIN—Robert Lewandowski missed a punishment connected Tuesday but inactive got a chapeau trick.

The Poland prima dominated connected his 100th Champions League quality to pb Bayern Munich into the last-16 aft a 5–2 rout of Benfica.

Juventus besides booked its spot successful the knockout rounds with a 4–2 triumph implicit Zenit St. Petersburg.

They’re the archetypal teams to advancement this twelvemonth with 2 games to spare from the radical signifier of Europe’s premier shot competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a 2–2 gully for Manchester United against Atalanta, scoring 2 goals and maintaining his grounds of scoring successful each crippled truthful far. But it was an underwhelming show from the Premier League squad whose hopes trust connected the brilliance of its Portuguese stars Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

Barcelona had goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen to convey for securing a nervy 1–0 triumph astatine Dynamo Kiev. The 19-year-old Ansu Fati’s 70th-minute extremity means the struggling Spanish elephantine tin unafraid its advancement with a triumph astatine location implicit Benfica successful its adjacent game.

Hakim Ziyech’s extremity was capable for defending champion Chelsea to triumph 1–0 astatine last-place Malmo.

Here’s a look astatine Tuesday’s radical games.

Group E

The 33-year-old Lewandowski took his extremity tally to 81 goals successful 100 Champions League games for Bayern and erstwhile nine Borussia Dortmund.

 Germany_Soccer_Champions_League_21306783883894 Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his side’s 5th extremity during the Champions League radical E shot lucifer betwixt Bayern Munich and Benfica Lisbon successful Munich, Germany connected Nov. 2, 2021. (Matthias Schrader/AP Photo)

Lewandowski had a accidental to marque it 3–1 earlier the break, but his punishment was poorly taken and Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos gathered the shot easily. It was Lewandowski’s archetypal punishment miss since February and helium reacted with a wry smile.

It was conscionable the latest high-scoring triumph from Bayern, which antecedently bushed Benfica 4–0, Dynamo Kyiv 5–0, and Barcelona 3–0.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer acceptable up Lewandowski’s 3rd extremity with a agelong footwear retired successful the 84th minute. It was Neuer’s archetypal assistance successful his 123rd quality successful the competition.

Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann was backmost connected the sideline aft recovering from the coronavirus.

Barcelona was without Gerard Piqué and forwards Sergio Agüero and Pedri. Interim manager Sergi Barjuán’s squad was the archetypal from Spain successful the contention with 3 players nether 20 successful the starting lineup—Fati (19), Nico González (19), and Gavi (17).

The visitors were fortunate that Mircea Lucescu’s Dynamo squad was incapable to marque much of its chances. Dynamo is yet to people successful the contention this season

Group F

Manchester United inactive harbors beardown hopes of reaching the past 16 acknowledgment to Cristiano Ronaldo. The 36-year-old scored United’s equalizer successful wounded clip against Atalanta to permission Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s squad apical of the group, level connected 7 points with Villarreal.

Villarreal enjoyed a 2–0 location triumph implicit Young Boys, which is bottommost with 3 points.

 Italy_Soccer_Champions_League_21306801988694 Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer approaches Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo astatine the extremity of the Champions League radical F shot lucifer betwixt Atalanta and Manchester United, astatine the Stadio di Bergamo, successful Bergamo, Italy connected Nov. 2, 2021. (Luca Bruno/AP Photo)

Ronaldo’s precocious goals person been redeeming United. He antecedently had different precocious victor for the 3–2 triumph astatine location implicit Atalanta, and helium scored an injury-time victor for the 2–1 triumph implicit Villarreal.

Group G

French champion Lille kept the radical wide unfastened with a 2–1 come-from-behind triumph astatine Sevilla.

Lille’s archetypal triumph gives it 5 points aft 4 games. It’s 2 points down radical person Salzburg, which mislaid 2–1 astatine Wolfsburg earlier. Wolfsburg besides has 5 points, portion Sevilla stayed connected 3 points.

Wolfsburg’s caller manager Florian Kohfeldt enjoyed a winning Champions League debut.

A triumph would person made Salzburg the archetypal Austrian nine successful the past 16 since Sturm Graz successful the 2000–01 play but Kohfeldt’s hiring appears to person reinvigorated Wolfsburg aft 2 wins from 2 games. The erstwhile Werder Bremen manager replaced Mark van Bommel, who was fired aft an eight-game winless tally including a 3–1 nonaccomplishment successful the archetypal crippled astatine Salzburg.

Group H

Paulo Dybala scored twice, including a retaken penalty, arsenic Juventus reached the past 16 with its triumph implicit Zenit St. Petersburg.

 Italy_Soccer_Champions_League_21306737724370 Juventus’ Paulo Dybala celebrates aft scoring a goal, during the Champions League, radical H shot lucifer betwixt Juventus and Zenit St. Petersburg, astatine the Allianz stadium successful Turin, Italy connected Nov. 2, 2021. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Dybala was fixed different accidental from the punishment spot aft helium fired wide arsenic visiting ’keeper Stanislav Kritsyuk had moved disconnected his line. Dybala, who opened the scoring, made nary mistake with his 2nd accidental earlier Federico Chiesa and Álvaro Morata sealed the Italian giant’s win.

Juventus has present won each 4 of its matches to pb the radical by 3 points up of Chelsea.

Ziyech’s extremity aboriginal successful the 2nd fractional was capable for Chelsea to destruct the Swedish champion and determination person to the knockout rounds, but the visitors missed the objective finishing of the injured Romelu Lukaku.

American winger Christian Pulisic made his archetypal quality for Chelsea since the Premier League play opener connected Aug. 14 erstwhile helium entered successful the 74th minute. Pulisic had been sidelined by COVID-19 and past injured his near ankle successful September during a World Cup qualifier.

By Ciarán Fahey

The Associated Press


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