Paris Saint-Germain would be the group group winners need to keep away from in Monday’s last-16 draw after lacking out on high spot in Group H regardless of a 2-1 win at Juventus, as Benfica hammered Maccabi Haifa 6-1 to grab first place on whole away objectives.
Seven-time European champions Milan knew some extent could be sufficient to ship them into the final 16 for the primary time because the 2013-14 season after a group-stage exit final time period.
“These sorts of nights is what we want for,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli advised Sky Sport.
“We wished to point out we improved in comparison with final season within the Champions League. We’re bold now, so let’s have a look at what occurs subsequent.”
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Pioli’s aspect eased any nerves on the San Siro inside 14 minutes as Olivier Giroud headed dwelling.
Milan’s return to the knockouts was all however confirmed lower than a minute after half-time when Giroud headed the ball throughout purpose for Rade Krunic to nod previous Philipp Kohn within the Salzburg purpose.
Giroud added his second earlier than the hour mark, permitting the house followers the chance to have fun for the rest of the match and Junior Messias added additional gloss to the scoreline in added time.
Milan certified from Group E in second place behind Chelsea, who got here from behind to beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 at Stamford Bridge with objectives from Raheem Sterling and debutant Denis Zakaria.
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Leipzig additionally solely wanted to keep away from defeat to undergo in opposition to Ukrainians Shakhtar in Warsaw.
Shakhtar, taking part in their dwelling matches in Poland and having seen most of their international gamers go away as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, had surprised Leipzig 4-1 of their Group F opener.
However the Bundesliga aspect have been too robust after Christopher Nkunku’s early strike left Shakhtar with a mountain to climb.
Andre Silva and Dominik Szoboszlai netted within the second interval and Dani Olmo’s shot was deflected into his personal web by Valeriy Bondar to wrap up a 4-0 win.
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“I am actually pleased with the group. We did not begin nicely on this Champions League marketing campaign, however we put in a strong efficiency at present and are actually joyful to be by way of,” Leipzig ahead Emil Forsberg advised DAZN.
Holders Actual Madrid secured first place within the group by hammering Scottish champions Celtic 5-1 on the Santiago Bernabeu.
Luka Modric and Rodrygo each scored penalties awarded for handball within the opening levels, earlier than Actual goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Josip Juranovic’s spot-kick.
Second-half objectives from Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Fede Valverde accomplished the rout regardless of Jota’s late comfort for Celtic who completed backside.
Karim Benzema additionally made his return from harm as an alternative to finish a superb evening for Carlo Ancelotti’s males.
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PSG misplaced high spot in Group H regardless of Nuno Mendes’ 69th-minute winner in Turin as Benfica scored 5 objectives within the second half at Maccabi.
Kylian Mbappe’s sensible particular person effort put PSG in entrance, earlier than Leonardo Bonucci dragged already-eliminated Juventus degree.
Mendes scored solely a minute after coming off the bench, however late drama in Israel noticed PSG slip to second.
Potential last-16 opponents for the Qatari-owned membership embody 14-time champions Actual Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and in-form Napoli.
“It would not matter, we certified… We’ll watch the draw and we’ll play to win,” Mbappe advised RMC Sport.
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Three objectives in 14 minutes within the second half gave Benfica hope of matching PSG’s purpose distinction and pipping them on away objectives.
It appeared as if the Portuguese would come up two quick, however Henrique Araujo scored within the 88th minute and Joao Mario struck in harm time to finish the job.
“As the sport progressed, we noticed that it was inside our attain,” Goncalo Ramos, who scored Benfica’s third purpose, advised Eleven Sports activities.
Juventus will drop into the Europa League after ending third regardless of shedding 5 of their six group matches.
Manchester Metropolis got here from behind to spherical off their Group G marketing campaign with a 3-1 win over Sevilla on the Etihad.
Rafa Mir gave the Spaniards the lead, however 17-year-old full-back Rico Lewis fired Metropolis degree.
Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez sealed all three factors for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions, who have been nonetheless with out the injured Erling Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund have been held to a 1-1 draw by FC Copenhagen.