FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Rostov - UEFA Champions League

The penultimate round of the 2016-17 Champions League group fixtures went down on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Some couple of sides are already through to the next rounds and have claimed the top spot, with the last matchday only but a formality.

Some others still need to pick up points in the next games to ensure qualifications or top the group, while a few are playing for Europa League spots. For some, the journey is already over.

Here are the results of every game and a summary of the group standings.

Tuesday

Monaco 2 – 1 Tottenham

B. Dortmund 8 – 4 Legia Warsaw

Sporting 1 – 2 Real Madrid

Leicester City 2 – 1 Club Brugge

CSKA 1 – 1 B. Leverkusen

Copenhagen 0 – 0 FC Porto

Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 1 Lyon

Wednesday

Arsenal 2 – 2 PSG

Ludogorets 0 – 0 FC Basel

Besiktas 3 – 3 Benfica

Napoli 0 – 0 Dynamo Kiev

B. Mönchengladbach 1 – 1 Man. City

Celtic 0 – 2 Barcelona

FC Rostov 3 – 2 Bayern Munich

Atlético Madrid 2-0 PSV

Group A

PSG leapfrogged Arsenal into 1st place following a 2-2 win at the Emirates, as both scored an own goal to make matchday 6 an anticipated clash as per whom will eventually top the group.

Ludogorets and Basel also shared same points with 2 points apiece, making their clashes against PSG and Arsenal respectively important also, as it would determine which of the 2 qualifies for the Europa League.

Group B

Following the draws both 4 teams played, and with Napoli and Benfica on 8 points each while Besiktas is on 7, matchday 6 will be the decider for which 2 qualifies out of the 3 and who tops the group.

Benfica have the much easier route to ply, though, with Kiev less of a threat. However, the Portuguese side should have wrapped things up if only they didn’t squander their 3-goal lead against Besiktas on Wednesday evening.

Group C

Barcelona aren’t only through to the next stage, they are also the confirmed group leaders after Messi’s brace made sure they secured all points at a difficult ground.

City on the other hand will need at least a point against Celtic at the Etihad in order to qualify, as a loss will give Monchengladbach a chance if they manage to win against Barcelona. This is where you expect Enrique to favour old pal Pep, by fielding a strong XI against the Germans.

Group D

In the last group for Wednesday fixtures, Atletico also confirmed their spot as group winners after the striking duo of Griezmann and Gameiro each scored to end PSV’s campaign.

Munich on the other hand earlier suffered a shocking 3 – 2 defeat earlier on the day to Russian side Rostov (a team they beat 5-nil at home). They were however through to the next rounds even before the kickoff, but are now confirmed runners-up.

Group E

On Tuesday, Monaco’s 2 – 1 over Tottenham saw the French side proceed as group winners, while it ultimately ended the EPL club’s campaign.

A point against CSKA for Bayer was enough to confirm them as runners up, and the Russian side will visit Wembley on final matchday with the hopes of earning all 3 points and securing qualifications for the Europa League at the expense of Spurs.

Group F

Madrid and Dortmund will battle it out at the Santiago Bernabeu for the top spot after both recorded wins against Lisbon and Warsaw respectively.

While the La Liga side struggled to snatch all 3 points at Portugal by grabbing a winner via Benzema’s header with few minutes to go, their German counterparts had it easy in a record-setting 12-goal thriller against the Polish team.

Group G

Leicester City secured qualifications as group winners in a spirited win over Brugge , while Porto’s draw against Denmark’s Copenhagen mean they will need nothing less than 3 points against Leicester in a fortnight from now to have any chance of advancing.

If they fail to win and Copenhagen do against Brugge, the Portuguese giants will have to do with a spot in the Europa’s round of 32.

Group H

Juve will need a win against Zagreb to finish top of the group following their comeback win against Sevilla in a game where tempers boiled over.

Lyon on the other hand need an emphatic win with 2 clear goals at home against the Spaniards to get their hands on a round of 16 ticket on matchday 6.
Won’t be easy.

The draws for the round of 16 will take place on December 12, and you can be rest assured to have nothing but final-like pairings in as many as 5 of the 8 games set to go down in February and March next year.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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