💫 Milan beat PSG; Atlético hit Celtic for six; Man City through | OneFootball

💫 Milan beat PSG; Atlético hit Celtic for six; Man City through | OneFootball

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Joel Sanderson-Murray·7 November 2023

💫 Milan beat PSG; Atlético hit Celtic for six; Man City through

Article image:💫 Milan beat PSG; Atlético hit Celtic for six; Man City through

We’re about to hit the business end of the Champions League with knockout round spots up for grabs and the threat of elimination hanging over.

Here’s what went down.

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Milan breathe life into UCL campaign

Scorers: Leão 11′, Giroud 50′; Škriniar 9′.

Olivier Giroud was the hero as Milan earned their first win of the season and throw a spanner in the works of Group F.

PSG drew first blood when Marquinhos flicked on a corner into the path of ex-Inter defender Milan Škriniar to nod in at the back post.

But Milan pulled level almost immediately as a swift counter-attack led to Giroud playing the ball across goal for Rafael Leāo to turn in courtesy of a clever overhead kick.

Ousmane Dembélé smashed the bar at one end before Milan went straight down the other end and hit the side-netting through Giroud in what was a breathless encounter from start to finish.

But Giroud provided the finishing touch just after the restart as he got on to the end of Theo Hernández’s cross to head past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Just three points separate top of the table Dortmund (7) and bottom team Newcastle (4).

Haaland scores twice as City progress

Scorers: Haaland (PEN) 23′, 47′, Foden 45+1′.

Sent off: Lauper 53′.

Erling Haaland bagged his 38th and 39th Champions League goals as Manchester City sealed their place in the last-16.

The Norwegian broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after Matheus Nunes had been brought down by Sandro Lauper – who saw red in the second half for a second bookable offence.

A stunning goal from Phil Foden doubled the advantage before the break as he received the ball from Grealish before dancing past two Young Boys defenders and slipping into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Haaland grabbed his second at the start of the second half, picking the ball up just outside the area before smashing a shot rifled into the top corner as the holders move through on 12 points to continue the defence of their trophy.

Atlético hit sorry Celtic for six

Scorers: Griezmann 6′, 60′, Morata 45+2′, 76′, Lino 67′, Saúl 85′.

Sent off: Maeda 23′.

Antoine Griezmann was on fire as Atlético Madrid smashed six past 10-man Celtic to move top of Group E.

The Frenchman opened the scoring after just six minutes with a drilled left-footed shot from the edge of the box – the first time he has scored in three consecutive Champions League matches.

Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors when Daizen Maeda was sent off for a late challenge following a VAR check.

Griezmann was heavily involved in the second goal, producing a sweeping ball over the top of the Celtic defence for José Gimenez to head across goal for Álvaro Morata to poke in from underneath the crossbar.

The misery was piled on for Brendan Rodgers’ side on the hour mark as Griezmann volleyed home after Celtic had failed to deal with Marcos Llorente’s cross.

Samuel Lino made it four moments later with a wonderfully-taken curler from the edge of the box into the top corner before Morata sealed his brace.

Saúl Niguez came off the bench to complete the rout in the dying minutes.

Immobile the hero for Lazio

Scorers: Immobile 45+1′.

Ciro Immoible scored his 200th goal for Lazio as they beat Feyenoord to shake up Group E.

Feyenoord dominated the first half in terms of possession but the Serie A side went into the half-time break with the lead after a sucker punch from Immobile.

Felipe Anderson played the ball over the top to set the Italian through on goal before he rounded Justin Bijlow and slid into the empty net meaning Maurizio Sarri’s side move above their opponents into second spot on seven points with Feyenoord on six and Atlético ahead of them both on eighr.

Porto see off Antwerp

Scorers: Evanilson (PEN) 32′, Pepe 90+1′.

Sent off: Ekkelenkamp  52′.

Porto moved level on points with Barcelona at the top of Group H after a hard-fought win over a stubborn Antwerp side.

The hosts made the breakthrough midway through the first half after Stephen Eustáquio was brought down in the box allowing Evanilson, who bagged a hat-trick in Antwerp, to dispatch from 12 yards.

The visitors had Jurgen Ekkelenkamp sent off after a VAR check in the second half before Pepe headed home from Francisco Conceição’s cross to put the game to bed as the Portuguese side moved on to nine points with a trip to Barcelona to come.

Leipzig hold out to qualify

Scorers: Henrichs (OG) 81′; Simons 6′, Openda 77.

RB Leipzig survived a late fightback from Red Star Belgrade to book their place in the knockout rounds.

Xavi Simons gave Marco Röse’s side the lead inside just six minutes after jinxing through the Belgrade defence before curling into the top corner.

Benjamin Sesko hit the post before Loïs Openda broke free to slot in at the near post to seemingly seal a comfortable win for the visitors.

But the Serbian side fought their way back into the match when Guelor Kanga found space from a short corner to curl a cross into the box which was turned into his own net by Benjamin Heinrichs.

Leipzig held out to seal a spot in the last-16 alongside Man City.

Dortmund ease past Newcastle

Scorers: Füllkrug 26′, Brandt 79′.

Newcastle’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds took a significant blow as they fell to defeat in Dortmund.

Eddie Howe was missing 12 players for their trip to Germany and his heavily-depleted side struggled to contain their hosts with Nick Pope having to make strong saves to keep out Niclas Füllkrug and Karim Adeyemi in the opening 20 minutes.

But there was nothing Pope could do about Dortmund’s opener as Marcel Sabitzer fired a shot across goal for Füllkrug to turn home from inside the six-yard box for his first ever Champions League goal.

Joelinton spurned Newcastle’s best chance early in the second half when Tino Livramento’s cross found him free in the box but the Brazilian somehow diverted his header wide.

Joe Willock had a long-range effort saved by Gregor Kobel before Pope denied Julian Brandt’s 25-yard attempt but it was the German who put the result beyond all doubt 11 minutes from time.

A clearance from a Newcastle corner fell to Adeyemi who launched Dortmund on the counter-attack with Brandt driving into the box before drilling a left-footed attempt into the bottom corner.

Edin Terzić’s side move top of the group for the time being with seven points from four games while the Magpies stay in third on four points with a trip to Paris next.

Shakhtar cause huge Barcelona shock

Scorers: Sikan 40′.

Barcelona missed out on the chance to seal qualification tonight after falling to a shock defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in Hamburg.

Danylo Sikan’s 40th-minute goal was enough separate the two sides with the Ukranian striker rising highest to loop Giorgi Gocholeishvili’s cross over Marc-André ter Stegen and into the top corner from the centre of the area.

Sikan had a chance to double that advantage at the start of the second half as a through ball saw him bearing down on goal but this time Ter-Stegen was equal to his attempt.

A subdued Barça pushed for an equaliser but struggled to break down the resolve of their opponents, mustering up just one shot on target in the whole match although João Félix had a late shout for a penalty waved away.

Xavi’s men remain top of the group but third-placed Shakhtar have cut the gap on them to just three points.