Another excellent round of football on Wednesday 27 November in UEFA Champions League 2019/20, as eight matches concluded the penultimate round of the Group Stage.
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Liverpool v Napoli (1-1)
Liverpool went a goal down, and then had to be patient as Napoli parked the proverbial bus at Anfield, eventually equalising midway through the second half from a Lovren header.
Neither side really showed enough to win this, leaving Liverpool 1 point clear at the top of this group.
Genk v Salzburg (1-4)
Red Bull Salzburg gave Liverpool plenty to ponder with an impressive 4-1 win over Group E whipping boys, Genk. Liverpool will need to avoid defeat away at Salzburg to ensure progress to the next round, something which is not as easy as it sounds.
Barcelona v Dortmund (3-1)
Barca looked outstanding in their home clash with Borussia Dortmund, with goals from Suarez, Messi and Griezman putting them in control before an hour was up. Despite a late rally from the visitors, who really got going in the final quarter, the game was already done by this time.
With this result, Barca have won Group F with a match to spare, but Dortmund and Inter will face off level on 7 points apiece in the final match.
Slavia Prague v Inter (1-3)
Inter Milan got themselves the result they needed to move level on points with Dortmund and setup a thrilling last Group Stage match in December courtesy of a 3-1 away victory in Prague.
A tighter match than the scoreline suggests, Inter really converted better than their hosts, and from less possession. Football is about goals, though; other stats mean nothing come the final whistle.
Lille v Ajax (0-2)
A solid away win for Ajax saw them go two points clear at the top of tricky Group H. A nerve settling goal after 2 minutes from Ziyech meant they could relax, and when they doubled their lead in the second half through Promes, the result seemed sealed, despite Lille putting in arguably the better performance – in everything but finishing – Ajax again showed their European credentials.
Leipzig v Benfica (2-2)
Incredible, last-gasp, sheer delight and despair were in evidence at Leipzig, who played a most entertaining and exciting match at home to Benfica.
With the visitors leading 2-0 as the clock ticked past 90 minutes, few could have expected the hosts to earn a hard-fought draw which put them three points clear at the top of Group G.
Benfica have an almost impossible task to qualify now. They’ll be devastated, given the manner of this result.
Valencia v Chelsea (2-2)
Chelsea travelled to Valencia, and shared a point which leaves the two sides level on eight points in Group H.
Both sides missed good chances, in a frenetic encounter, which finished in an entertaining draw, but Valencia will feel they wasted many good opportunities, including having a penalty saved with 10 to go, and missing a guilt edged chance deep in injury time. The visitors rode their luck with regards to VAR too, and got a narrow call for their second goal.
Chelsea host bottom side Lille in the final match, with Valencia facing off at Ajax, putting the Blues as the more likely to qualify in December.
Zenit v Lyon (2-0)
Zenit St Petersburg had a solid 2-0 home win against Lyon, which put them level on 7 points with tonight’s opposition, in Group G.