Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Man United, CL via Chelsea, made to wait in Barcelona

Buoyed by a change of manager and another opportunistic finish by Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with one game to spare on Tuesday.

However, another newly appointed coach Sil has to work to get Barcelona into the last 16.

United were led by Michael Carrick for the first time since the weekend firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and, like his predecessor, the interim manager was left to be thankful for a goal by a Champions League record scorer.

Ronaldo produced a superbly lobbed finish to propel United against Villarreal and a 90th-minute strike by Jadon Sancho – his first goal since joining in $100 million in the off-season – secured progress from Group F. Sealed a 2-0 win for . Ronaldo has scored in all five group games so far, and now has a record 140 Champions League goals in his career.

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Another English team, defending champions Chelsea, also registered a 4–0 win over already qualified Juventus. With Liverpool also likely to qualify and Manchester City joining them, the Premier League will again be well represented in the knockout stage.

Barcelona, ​​now coached by former star midfielder Xavi Hernández, have advanced from their group every season for nearly two decades, but a 0–0 draw at home to Benfica meant the Spanish club had to go ahead with the Games. Bayern Munich may have to be defeated in the final round. ,

All four teams in Group G could qualify to advance to their last game after Lille and Sevilla’s victories over Salzburg and Wolfsburg respectively.

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Meanwhile, Bayern beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 to win five out of five, setting the German champions on their way with an overhead kick by Robert Lewandowski.


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