💫 PSG through; Newcastle knocked out; Porto progress; Antwerp beat Barça | OneFootball

💫 PSG through; Newcastle knocked out; Porto progress; Antwerp beat Barça | OneFootball

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Joel Sanderson-Murray·13 December 2023

💫 PSG through; Newcastle knocked out; Porto progress; Antwerp beat Barça

Article image:💫 PSG through; Newcastle knocked out; Porto progress; Antwerp beat Barça

We’ve reached the final night of the Champions League group stages, with PSG and Newcastle’s fate decided tonight.

Here’s what went down.

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PSG through despite draw

Scorers: Adeyemi 52′, Zaïre-Emery 55′.

Warren Zaïre-Emery saved PSG as they sealed their progress to the last-16 by the skin of their teeth.

Marius Wolf really should’ve put Dortmund ahead when he linked up with Nicklas Füllkrug to make space for a clear attempt at goal but the right-back dragged his shot wide from close range.

Kylian Mbappé then almost peeled away in celebration when he got onto a raking ball over the top before rounding Gregor Kobel but saw his shot somehow cleared off the line by Niklas Süle.

The frustration deepened for Luis Enrique’s side as moments later Bradley Barcola saw his curler come back off the post with Kobel stranded, before Randal Kolo Muani somehow poked his shot wide when through on goal

Those missed chances looked as if they had come back to haunt PSG as Dortmund broke the deadlock early in the second half, with Karim Adeyemi turning home from inside the six yard box after Ramy Bensebaïni had capitalised on an error from Achraf Hakimi.

But PSG were level within minutes with Warren Zaïre-Emery drilling home from the edge of the box.

Mbappé then had a goal ruled out but Luis Enrique’s side will play Champions League football after Christmas.

Milan come back to knock Newcastle out

Scorers: Joelinton 33′, Pulisic 58′, Chukwueze 83′.

Milan came from behind to score a late winner to knock Newcastle out of Europe and claim a Europa League spot.

Newcastle had taken the lead through Joelinton, who smashed a half-volley into the top corner from the edge of the box after some smart work from Lewis Miley.

But Christian Pulisic tapped home from just underneath the crossbar following Olivier Giroud’s clever pass to pull the visitors level just before the half hour mark.

Both teams went in search of the winner in a frantic end-to-end last half hour with Mike Maignan tipping Bruno Guimarães’ curler on to the bar before Rafael Leāo struck the post when one-on-one.

It was Milan who dealt the deadly blow as Stefano Pioli’s side took advantage of Newcastle throwing players forward to race forward on the counter attack with Samuel Chukwueze  curling a left-footed strike home to break the heats of the Magpies.

Porto through after eight-goal thriller

Scorers: Galeno 9′, 43′, Taremi 63′, Pepe 76′, Conceição 82′; Sikan 29′, Eustáquio (OG) 72′, Eguinaldo 88′.

Porto shrugged off a controversial Shakhtar equaliser to book their place in the last-16 after a eight-goal thriller at the Dragão.

The Ukrainian side needed to win to jump over their hosts into the knockouts but found themselves down within 10 minutes after Evanilson got onto a long ball into the box to cross the ball for Galeno to tap in at the far post.

However, the visitors pulled level on the half-hour mark in controversial circumstances, as Oleksandar Zubkov was flagged for offside in the build-up leading to a number of Porto defenders to stop as he laid the ball on a plate for Danylo Sikan to tap in.

A VAR check found that that Zubkov was onside and the goal was given, much to the remonstrations of the Porto players.

Thankfully for the referee, Porto restored their advantage before half-time with Galeno smashing home his second from the edge of the box after a well-worked corner.

They extended that advantage on the hour mark with Galeno racing on to a stray pass before playing in Mehdi Taremi to smash home at the near post.

But Darijo Srna’s side weren’t done there and got themselves back into the game when Stephen Eustáquio diverted another Sikan effort into his own net.

That fightback lasted a matte of minutes as Pépé got on to the end of a flick-on from a corner to poke home before Francisco Conceição came off the bench to wrap up the victory for Porto.

Eguinaldo netted a consolation late on for Shakhtar.

Antwerp claim famous victory

Scorers: Vermeeren 2′, Janssen 56′, Ilenikhena 90+2′; Torres 36′, Guiu 90+1′.

Antwerp pulled off one of the most famous victories in the club’s history after overcoming Barcelona.

Both clubs knew of their fate going into the game tonight with the Belgian champions knocked out of Europe and Barça having already wrapped up top spot.

But Arthur Vermeeren took advantage of a mix-up between Iñaki Peña and Oriol Romeu to smash his team ahead.

Xavi’s side pulled level after some good work from youngster Lamine Yamal, who broke down the right wing before sliding the ball in for Ferran Torres to side-foot home.

Yamal became the first 16-year-old to provide an assist in the Champions League but the night belonged to Antwerp who sealed the victory early in the second period with Vincent Janssen finishing off a slick team move with a toe-poked finish.

It looked as if Barça had broken Antwerp when Marc Guiu headed in from Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick to level in the 91st minute until George Ilenikhena went up the other end to claim the victory in dramatic circumstances.

Atlético wrap up top spot

Scorers: Griezmann 6′, Lino 51′.

Atlético Madrid finished top of their group for the first time since 2017 after comfortably disposing of Lazio.

The Serie A side needed to beat their hosts to finish top but the night belonged to Diego Simeone’s side, who took the lead inside six minutes.

Samuel Lino barged his way into the area before cutting the ball back for Antoine Griezmann to slot home.

Lino then turned from provider to goalscorer, smashing in a half-volley after Ángel Correa’s overhead kick had sliced into his path.

Celtic win it late

Scorers: Palma (PEN) 33′, Lagerbielke 90+1′; Minteh 83′.

Celtic’s long wait for a victory in the Champions League goes on after falling to a late Feyenoord equaliser.

Celtic scored a stoppage-time winner to earn their first Champions League victory since 2010.

Luis Palma dispatched from the spot after Liam Scales had been fouled to give the hosts the lead but Yankuba Minteh dispatched a slick team move to level for the Dutch champions  who drop into the Europa League.

Just when the hope seemed to be fading away, Matt O’Riley chipped the ball to the back post for Gustaf Lagerbielke to head home.

Youthful City see off Red Star

Scorers: Hwang 76′, Katai 90+1′; Hamilton 20′, Bobb 62′, Phillips (PEN) 85′.

The kids were alright as Manchester City eased to victory in Belgrade.

Micah Hamilton, who was once a ball-boy at the club, broke the deadlock on his first start for the club after wriggling free inside the box to smash a right-footed effort into the top corner for his first goal for the club.

There was another first in the second half as Oscar Bobb danced past three Red Star defenders before driving into the area and slotting the ball into the far bottom corner to get off the mark for City.

Red Star did pull one back 14 minutes from time as Hwang In-beom drilled home after they had won the ball high up the pitch.

But the visitors seemingly put the result beyond all doubt in the final 10 minutes when Kalvin Phillips dispatched from the spot after Hamilton had been brought down before Aleksandar Katai headed home from a corner for a consolation in stoppage time.

City had already sealed top spot going into the game.

Forsberg seals win for Leipzig

Scorers: Šeško 51′, Forsberg 56′; Colley 52′.

Emil Forsberg scored the winner on what could be one of his final appearances for RB Leipzig as they held off Young Boys.

Marco Röse’s side had already sealed their place in the knockout round heading into the clash but three goals inside six second-half minutes livened this dead rubber up.

Benjamin Šeško gave the hosts the lead before a swift counter-attack saw Ebrima Colley slot home from just inside the area to level but it was left to Forsberg to steal the show as he restored the lead moments later with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.

The Swedish winger is expected to leave for the MLS in January.