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The first of the two evenings of the fifth round of Champions League went to the construction site. In groups E, F, G and H the qualification for the second round is outlined, as well as that relating to the descent of the third classified in the Europa League. There Juventus for example, being mathematically eliminated, he must now defend access to the second European competition in the third round. We study the situation for each group.
GROUP E – Chelsea’s victory at Salzburg and AC Milan’s victory in Zagreb issued the first verdict: the Londoners are qualified and already mathematically first, while the Rossoneri will have two out of three results (win and draw) on the last day against Salzburg. As for the Europa League speech, at the moment the Austrians are in third position, even if the San Siro match next week will be a play-off, without forgetting that Dinamo Zagreb also has the possibility of finishing third at Stamford Bridge.
Standings: Chelsea 10, Milan 7, Salzburg 6, Dinamo Zagreb 4. Last day: Milan – Salzburg, Chelsea – Dinamo Zagreb.
GROUP F – Real Madrid, despite the defeat in Leipzig, are already qualified for the round of 16 and will have to defend the first place in the last home game against Celtic from the danger posed by the Germans. The Red Bull team, on the other hand, will be involved in Shakhtar Donetsk’s home in a real play-off: in the event of a victory, the Ukrainians would hook and overtake Werner and his teammates (forced to go down to the Europa League) by virtue of the direct clashes, which otherwise they would advance to the next round with Shakhtar relegated to the second competition. Celtic closes the table at 2.
Standings: Real Madrid 10, Leipzig 9, Shakhtar 6, Celtic 2. Last day: Real Madrid – Celtic, Shakhtar – Leipzig.
GROUP G – Manchester City with the draw of Signal Iduna Park snatches the pass for the second round and the primacy of the group. Behind him mathematically according to Borussia Dortmund, with 3 points more than Sevilla and direct clashes in favor. Same goes for the descent in the Europa League, already assigned to the Andalusians by virtue of the 3 lengths of advantage over Copenhagen with favorable direct clashes.
Standings: Manchester City 11, Borussia Dortmund 8, Seville 5, Copenhagen 2. Last day: Manchester City – Seville, Copenhagen – Borussia Dortmund.
GROUP H – PSG and Benfica with 11 points are already qualified for the round of 16 and on the last day they will be chasing the first place in the group starting from a goal difference of +8 and +4 respectively. The same goes for the place in the Europa League contested by Juventus and Maccabi Haifa, arm in arm with 3 points with a goal difference of -3 for the Bianconeri and -9 for the Israelis. At the end of the last day in the event of a tie, the goal difference will therefore give the answer.
Standings: PSG 11, Benfica 11, Juventus 3, Maccabi Haifa 3. Last day: Juventus – PSG, Maccabi Haifa – Benfica.