Lionel Messi scored twice in a Paris Saint Germain victory over Club Brugge in a crucial Champions League match and qualified for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost to RB Leipzig by 2-1 though they have already qualified for the next round.
Liverpool, on the other hand, crushed AC Milan to maintain their perfect record in the group stage and topped the group with 6 wins in 6 matches they played. Dutch club Ajax, the dark horse of this season’s Champions League, also topped their group and maintained their perfect record in the group stage. Spanish giants Real Madrid defeated Inter Milan by 2-0 and qualified for the next round.
PSG beats Club Brugge
PSG were playing for a much-needed win and their star youngster Kylian Mbappe scored twice within 7 minutes of the game to take an early lead against Brugge, while 7-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi scored twice – one from outside the box. With this win, Paris Saint Germain will be second on the group table after last season’s finalists Manchester City.
Manchester City loses to RB Leipzig
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost to RB Leipzig 2-1 despite dominating possession and some wonderful passes. But top-notch City still lost against an average Leipzig side. However, this loss is not going to affect their qualification for the next round, as they have already topped the group, but in the Champions League, a team with the calibre of Man City should not have lost to a mid-table German side. Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal for City, while for Leipzig, Andre Silva and Dominik Szoboszlai hit the net.
Liverpool tops the group with a win over AC Milan
English giants Liverpool once again showed that defeating it is not going to be easy for anyone. With Salah, Mane, and Firmino running upfront, they are ruthless against any opponents. Liverpool crushed Milan in the match when Milan was desperate to win for next round qualification. But Salah’s equalizer and Divock Origi’s winner eliminated Milan from the knockout stages. AC Milan, who were playing in the Champions League after seven years opened the scoring first, with Fikayo Tomori’s wonderful strike but they didn’t manage to capitalize on their lead and lost to Klopp’s Liverpool.
Real Madrid defeats Italian champions
Real Madrid showed why they are the king of the Champions League and defeated Italian champions Inter Milan by 2-0 to top the group. The Spanish side won the game despite the absence of star striker Karim Benzema, who is out due to injury. Ace midfielder Toni Kroos’s long-range strike and Marco Asensio’s goal ensured a Madrid victory.