Manchester United booked their place inside the Champions League last 16 as Cristiano Ronaldo scored in a 2-0 victory at Villarreal on Tuesday, whereas holders Chelsea moreover reached the knockout part by thumping Juventus.
Three-time European champions United went into their first sport since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the weekend needing a win to substantiate a top-two finish in Group F.
But they’ve been beneath big stress as defeat would have left their future out of their very personal fingers.
David de Gea made two important saves and United, with Michael Carrick in caretaker value, took profit by way of Ronaldo’s 78th-minute lob.
Jadon Sancho, so usually a peripheral decide since his big-money switch from Borussia Dortmund inside the close-season, capped a pleasant explicit individual present alongside together with his first goal for the membership late on.
“It’s not an obligatory final result for me personally. It’s an obligatory one for the players and the membership,” talked about Carrick.
Ronaldo’s goal was the 799th of his career, his 100 and fortieth inside the Champions League and his sixth inside the opponents this season.
The completely different qualification spot inside the group stays up for grabs after Young Boys and Atalanta carried out out an thrilling 3-3 entice Bern.
Late aims from Vincent Sierro and Silvan Hefti gave the Swiss champions a 3-2 lead, nonetheless Luis Muriel struck inside the 88th minute for the friends.
Atalanta face a winner-takes-all match in opposition to Villarreal in Bergamo subsequent month.
– Chelsea thrash Juve –
Chelsea romped into the last 16 and to the very best of Group H with a formidable 4-0 thrashing of Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s males knew that qualification will be secured if they may stay away from defeat or if Zenit Saint Petersburg did not beat Malmo.
The Blues dominated the early ranges and took the lead by way of youthful defender Trevoh Chalobah’s third goal of the season.
Chelsea’s defenders have been persistently a menace from set-pieces, and Thiago Silva observed a header saved by Wojciech Szczesny early inside the second interval.
It was the defender who doubled Chelsea’s lead inside the 56th minute.
England right-back Reece James hammered a pleasant volley into the underside nook to web for the fifth time already this time interval.
Chelsea grabbed their third goal decrease than two minutes later, Ruben Loftus-Cheek prodding the ball to Hudson-Odoi, who smashed residence from shut fluctuate.
There was nonetheless time for Timo Werner, making his first look since an harm layoff, to return off the bench and ranking in added time.
“We did quite nicely, it is so strong to achieve aims in opposition to Juventus and we created quite a bit,” talked about Tuchel. “Full credit score rating for an amazing effectivity and a unbelievable final result.”
Zenit drew 1-1 with Malmo to protected a spot inside the Europa League knockouts.
– Barcelona stutter –
Barcelona have been held to a goalless draw by Benfica on the Camp Nou in Xavi’s second sport as coach, nonetheless keep above the Portuguese side in Group E.
However, the Catalan membership should beat Bayern Munich in Germany of their remaining group sport to make sure of making the following spherical.
Benfica host already-eliminated Dynamo Kiev of their last match, trailing Barca by two elements.
Barcelona endured a nervy first half which observed Gavi waste the one clear different, blazing over from shut fluctuate when Memphis Depay was prepared inside the middle for a tap-in.
Xavi’s males improved after the interval, though, with Frenkie de Jong’s header forcing Benfica ‘keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos into a flying save.
But it was Benfica who practically took an infinite step in route of the last 16 deep into harm time, only for Haris Seferovic to shoot huge when he should have scored.
“We carried out successfully nonetheless there’s a bitter aftertaste on account of we’ve been proper right here to win tonight,” Barca defender Ronald Araujo instructed uefa.com.
“In entrance of our followers, our people -– and now we merely ought to go and win in Munich.”
The completely different sport in Group E observed Bayern Munich wrap up excessive spot with a 2-1 victory at Dynamo Kiev.
Robert Lewandowski lit up a snowy evening inside the Ukrainian capital by scoring a strong overhead kick, with Kingsley Coman moreover on the scoresheet for the six-time winners.
In Group G, Lille made Salzburg wait to achieve the last 16 as Jonathan David scored a first-half winner in a 1-0 victory in France.
All 4 teams inside the group can nonetheless bear, after Sevilla observed off Wolfsburg 2-0.