Matchweek four of the Champions League concluded on Wednesday night with one more team progressing to the next stage, while several others were left clinging to Europa League hopes.
To Group E first, where Tottenham’s hopes of progression to the knockout stages took a serious blow with a 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Kevin Kampl scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Spurs suffered their second consecutive defeat at Wembley.
In the other game, Monaco took control of the group with a commanding 3-0 win against CSKA Moscow. Radamel Falcao was the hero as he scored twice, the other goal coming from Valere Germain.
Europa League At Worst: Monaco
— AS MONACO ?? (@AS_Monaco) November 2, 2016
In Group F, an empty stadium played host to one of the most dramatic matches of the group stages so far as Legia Warsaw entertained Real Madrid. The visitors were ahead within one minute of kick-off through a fantastic Gareth Bale volley, and when Karim Benzema doubled the lead ten minutes before the second half, it looked like Legia were in for a long evening.
However, Legia had other ideas and pulled a goal back immediately after Benzema’s strike with a wonderful effort from former Norwich midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe. Amazingly, the Polish side were level on the hour mark courtesy of Miroslav Radović, and even more amazingly took the lead with seven minutes remaining through Thibault Moulin.
Real, though, refused to accept their fate and equalised through Mateo Kovacic with five minutes remaining, and even had time for Bale to hit the bar in stoppage time. 3-3 the final score.
There was far less drama in the other game, as an Adrian Ramos header gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win against Sporting CP to send Thomas Tuchel’s side into the next round.
Qualified For Next Rond: Borussia Dortmund
Europa League At Worst: Real Madrid
Europa League At Best: Legia Warsaw
@ChampionsLeague Group F Table
Dortmund remain on top of the table with 10 points! ?? pic.twitter.com/zy2q14Xzwg
— BVBPassion! (@BorussiaPassion) November 2, 2016
To Group G, where Leicester City edged further towards qualification with a 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen. The match was generally short of action, but Claudio Ranieri’s side stay top of the group and are yet to concede a goal.
In a group generally short of goals this week, Porto defeated Club Brugge 1-0 courtesy of a first half strike from in-form striker André Silva to put themselves in control of the second qualification spot.
Europa League At Worst: Leicester, Porto
Europa League At Best: Club Brugge
— Portista (@FCPortoGlobal) November 2, 2016
Finally to Group H, where Juventus missed out on the chance of early qualification as they threw away two points at home to Lyon. Gonzalo Higuaín had the home side in front with a penalty after 13 minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to level it up with five minutes remaining.
Lyon’s late point also meant that Sevilla were denied an early spot in the knockout phase, but are there in all but name after a 4-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb. Goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder mean that Sevilla are finally on the verge of relinquishing their Europa League title.
Champions League – GROUP H pic.twitter.com/0sG2ZcYgX0
— JuPorn™ (@jup1897) November 2, 2016
With two matchweeks remaining, the teams already qualified for the next round of the Champions League are: Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.