Newcastle – Milan 1-2 News H Atletico Madrid Lazio 2-0 News For the sixth and final day of the group stage Champions League. The Rossoneri finished Group F in third place and will play in the European League. The Biancocelesti, who had already qualified for the round of 16, finished the group in second place.
“The biggest regret? We had to win the first game, the first leg against Newcastle. Sorry, we believed so much in the Champions League. The Europa League is an important competition and Milan has never won it. It’s a bittersweet evening. Satisfaction.” With the win Milan have not won in England since 2005 But we cared about the Champions League. Now we will think about the European League.” says Milan coach Stefano Pioli To Prime, he is disappointed after the win over Newcastle, which was not enough for the round of 16. “We now have to think about performing well in the tournament, strengthening third place with the aim of doing more. Returning to the Champions League is our minimum goal. We have to focus on the tournament – recalls Pioli – where we did not do that. “I have found the necessary continuity. There is still a long way to go until the end, and it is difficult to evaluate it now. “I am convinced of Milan’s potential and I am sorry that I was not able to reach the maximum level with him.”
These are the teams that qualified for the round of 16
First in each group: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Real Sociedad.
Qualified for the round of 16 with second place: Inter, Lazio, Napoli, PSV Eindhoven, Paris Saint-Germain, Copenhagen, Leipzig and Porto.
They go to the qualifiers for the knockout stage of the Europa League: Milan, Benfica, Braga, Feyenoord, Galatasaray, Lens, Salzburg, Young Boys. Out: Newcastle, Antwerp, Celtic, Red Star, Manchester United, Sevilla, Union Berlin and Salzburg.
Leipsia – Young Boys 2-1 (0-0) In the last day’s match of Group G of the Champions League, played in Leipzig. Goals: In the first half 6′ Sisco (left), 8′ Cole, 11 Forsberg (left). The Germans had already qualified for the round of 16 as runners-up, behind Manchester City, and the Swiss were already certain of third place with access to the Europa League qualifiers.
Stella Rossa Manchester City 2-3 (0-1) In the last day’s match of Group G of the Champions League, which was held in Belgrade. Goals: 19th minute Hamilton; At 17′ Bob Street, 31′ Huang (SAR), 40′ Phillips (Platform), 46′ Katai (SAR). The English team, which had already qualified for the round of 16 as first in the standings, finished with full points. The Serbs were already sure of being eliminated from fourth place.
Milan wins in Newcastle but it is the Europa League
Milan does what it has to but ends up in the Europa League. He won his match against Newcastle, where he struggled and played a disappointing first half, turning the score around in the second half and monitoring the outcome of the match between Borussia and Paris Saint-Germain. But what condemns the Rossoneri is the goal difference, because Pioli’s team finished the group with the same score as the Frenchman (8), but Paris Saint-Germain is the one who snatches the pass. Therefore, Milan must be content with the European League, in an iron group or in a nightmare, as many described it, but unfortunately, it came very close. After a forgettable first half, the 45 minutes of the second half should be the point from which Milan must restart this season. A team capable of suffering, but understanding and determined, and sometimes unlucky, as happened in the two wonderful lists scored by Liao and Tomori, but capable of managing the match and making an impact as the greats do. The faces cannot be happy at the end of the match, except for Chukwueze’s face who scored the winning goal with his first touch of the ball. Milan believed in this achievement and was hoping to get help from Borussia but that was not the case. The Rossoneri deserve credit for never giving up. Not even when Champions League exit became a reality. Fortunately for Pioli, the team changed its style and performance in the second half. Because otherwise we will be talking about a deep crisis, given the confused and disoriented match (as the fans due to the color of the third shirt changing from purple to blue) in the first half.
Newcastle have frightened fans many times. An unusual intervention from Tomori in the 20th minute managed to keep the score level but shortly after the half-hour mark Joelinton opened the scoring with a sharp, powerful right-foot shot that beat the innocent Minyan. The time break helps Milan regroup and understand the importance of the match. The news from Signal Iduna Park certainly shakes the Rossoneri. Because Borussia is moving forward even if they received a draw shortly after Paris Saint-Germain. Therefore, this achievement is possible, but the Rossoneri must play the match, and in a quarter of an hour of the second half, the equalizer arrives: the action was started by Musa, who sent Leao, and passed the ball to Giroud, who cleverly sent Pulisic in front of the goal, and it is 1-1. Milan believed it but Newcastle came very close to taking the lead with a powerful strike from Isak and Maignan once again made the difference with a stunning save that kept the Rossoneri in the game. In the final, teams expand and spaces open up. Newcastle believed in the dream and tried several times, but in the 34th minute, Liao’s shot hit the post after a personal lunge. The Portuguese puts his hands on his face in disbelief and despair. But in the 39th minute, Chukwueze scored the winning goal and made Milan dream. But it is a light caress that continues until the final whistle. Then the bitterness of what could have been and what was not remains.
Atletico Madrid is sarcastic, a goal in each half and Lazio hits
Atletico Madrid needed a draw to finish first in Group E of the Champions League. Instead, Diego Simeone’s side played for the win. He achieved his goal against Lazio by leading the two halves with a goal he scored almost directly in the sixth minute before stopping the match and controlling the reaction. Lazio tried to organize the reaction, especially after receiving the first goal. But Maurizio Sarri’s side seemed inevitably burdened with the idea of a place in the last 16 already in their pockets and with a tough tournament match at home against Inter looming. The Tuscan coach surprised by not including Castellanos but Immobile, while Pedro was preferred over Felipe Anderson and Zaccagni completes the attacking trio. Vecino will replace the suspended Rovella in the attacking midfield position and Lazzari will start from the bench, replaced by Hisay. Simeone separates his two goals: Griezmann is on the field from the beginning, but he prefers Argentine Angel Correa over Morata. Witsel, who mainly plays as a centre-back, moves into midfield in place of Koke, who also sits on the bench. Side note: In the afternoon, Lazio Primavera achieved their first historic European win, beating the Spaniards 1-0 at home in the Youth League. It is not Atletico who should be playing the game, but they start strongly anyway and soon take the lead thanks to Griezmann’s precise diagonal, which the 23-year-old Brazilian Samuel Leno finds very free in the area, and which will prove to be the best. His team is dangerous and dynamic.
However, Lazio are not spectators and first Zaccagni, then Guendouzi, will appear near Oblak. After taking the lead, Atletico have the clock on their side and they slow down and keep possession. The Biancocelesti must increase the pressure to win him back. Sarri wanted more aggression, and in the 26th minute he settled for Luis Alberto’s shot from the left side, but Immobile pushed the shot away from the goal. Atletico broke a phase of slight anxiety and Providel blocked a shot from Leno with his fists, a winger also gifted with excellent dribbling. In the 38th minute, the home team doubled its lead with a goal from Hermoso. It was called by VAR, but referee Gözübüyük abandoned the match due to Leno’s active offside. Lazio moves forward, Immobile fights and gets a warning for Jimenez, but the equalizer does not come. At the beginning of the second half, Griezmann made way for the Dutchman Depay. As happened in the first half, Atletico did not give their opponents time to think and in the sixth minute they doubled their lead. Leno’s brilliant right-foot shot, sent in by Depay, beats Providel. Morata’s moment has come, and Correa makes way for him. Sarri starts thinking about Sunday’s match against Inter and measures his strength: first he will bring out Marosic and Pedro instead of Lazzari and Felipe Anderson, then Immobile and Luis Alberto instead of Castellanos and Camada. He pushed the free-kick to Providel for a difficult clearance, resulting in Morata missing 3-0, which would be a very heavy free-kick. A place in the Champions League in February is guaranteed, but against the top of Serie A, another Lazio will be needed, more attentive, quicker and braver.
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