The end of the group stages is in sight, it’s crunch time, we’ve only got one week left of the Champions League in 2020.
Here’s the best of matchday five.
The On the Brink Award
There’s just something not right about the idea of Real Madrid playing in the Europa League.
But we are very close to that situation becoming reality after Zinedine Zidane’s side suffered another shock 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving the 2018 champions in 3rd place going into the last game.
They’ve never conceded as many as they have at this stage in the group (nine), and have all round been poor so far.
It all comes down to their meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach on the final day, where a win would see them progress but they can consider themselves lucky to be in that position.
The He’s Not Human Award
Another Champions League matchday, another record broken by Cristiano Ronaldo.
After scoring in Juventus’ 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv, the 35-year old has now reached the milestone of 750 career goals, which is remarkable.
It’s just another day at the office for CR7.
The ‘Bench Me Now, Frank’ Award
Olivier Giroud sure knows how to put himself in the shop window, doesn’t he?
There has been constant speculation about the Chelsea striker’s future recently with Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner appearing to be ahead of him in the pecking order.
But there’s no better way to make yourself undroppable, or make yourself irresistable to potential suitors, than by scoring four goals in one game as he did against Sevilla.
The What a Stupid Boy Award
Death, taxes and Fred picking up that second yellow card last night against PSG.
The only person in the world who didn’t see the Brazilian’s dismissal coming appeared to be his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
How the headbutt didn’t seal his fate is beyond us, and in the end the incident he did receive his marching orders turned out to be quite harsh.
But life has a way of evening this things out eventually, sorry Fred.
The Kids are alright award
Liverpool are in the midst of one hell of an injury crisis, which resulted in three academy graduates starting their crucial clash with Ajax.
The kids stepped up to the plate, with 22-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher keeping a clean sheet on his Champions League debut while 19-year-old Neco Williams provided the assist for fellow teenager Curtis Jones’ first European goal as Jürgen Klopp’s men booked their place in the knockout rounds.
The We’re Starting to See the Real You Award
João Félix may have finally arrived at Atlético Madrid.
The 21-year-old had a frustrating first season in the Spanish capital following his €126m move from Benfica but the Portuguese forward has started this campaign in inspired form.
Félix looks as if he is really enjoying his football at the moment and found the net again against Bayern Munich, making it seven goals in his last seven starts.
The Long Range Belter(s) Award
İstanbul Başakşehir’s Irfan Can Kahveci produced something remarkable during his side’s 4-3 defeat to RB Leipzig, a hat-trick of goals from outside the box.
I mean if it worked the first time, why not try and try again.
If I was RB Leipzig, I would simply just close him down and maybe not let him have space at the edge of the box, just a thought.
The Lets Never Speak of This Game Ever Again Award
Manchester City may have sealed their progress as group winners in the 0-0 draw with Porto on Tuesday but the game will quickly be forgotten by supporters.
That’s because absolutely nothing happened … especially in the first half.
After 30 mins: Porto (0.00) 0-0 (0.00) Man City
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It was a first 0-0 for a Pep Guardiola side since his Bayern side played out a goalless draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in February 2015, which was over 59 games ago.
The You Had One Job Award
Atlético Madrid always look on the brink of becoming a top team in Europe but regularly find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.
See their match with Bayern Munich for example.
A win would’ve been enough to seal Atleti’s progress to the last-16 but they slipped up despite taking the lead and have now landed a tense shootout in their last group match against RB Salzburg.
The Rick Astley Award
RB Leipzig would not have been blamed for feeling sorry for themselves and giving up when Ístanbul Basaksehir scored in the 85th minute to make it 3-3 during their clash on Wednesday.
However, just like 80’s popstar Rick Astley, Julian Nagelsmann’s side never gave up and Alexander Sørloth scored a priceless winner int he 92nd minute.
THE KING OF THE NORTH.
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That goal keeps Leipzig’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds alive with it all going down to one final shootout with Manchester United on matchday six.