Champions League: Barça still in race for RO16; Chelsea Demolish Juventus; United ease past Villareal
Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United were the top teams who were on the happy side of scoresheets, as they won comprehensively against their opponents in Matchday 5 of the Champions League.
The Champions League is back and we’re at our wit’s end as knockout seats are being called for or are no longer in reach.
This is what happened.
Barcelona Vs. Benfica
Barcelona appears to be in danger of leaving the Champions League in the group stage after being held down 0-0 at home against Benfica.
The guests thought they had taken a huge lead in the 34th minute when Nicolás Otamendi unleashed a fantastic shot from the bottom of the crossbar, only for the goal that was disallowed for the ball that went out of play in the build-up in a field wet with rain.
Although Xavi’s side had some decent openings, Haris Seferović should have won for Benfica in added time, only to make a huge mess of chances when he played on goal with only Marc André ter Stegen to beat. for a purpose, he could have eliminated their opposition from the race.
Barcelona 🆚 Benfica…
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 23, 2021
Barcelona gets in the ultimate game 2 points away from Benfica, who play bottom facet generator Kyiv within the final game, whereas the Blaugrana face a tricky trip to Bayern Munich, which means they will ought to leave Bavaria with a win to possess an opportunity of progression.
Chelsea Vs. Juventus
Scorers: Chalobah 25′, James 55′, Hudson Odoi 58′, Werner 90′
Chelsea took a giant step towards qualifying as cluster winners by ruthlessly seeing off associate out-of-sorts Juventus aspect at Stamford Bridge.
Trevoh Chalobah justified Thomas Tuchel’s decision to keep his confidence in him by shooting on the fly after Antonio Rüdiger hit him with the arm and although VAR controlled him the goal remained standing.
This lead was almost instantly given by Álvaro Morata against his former team when he lobbed Édouard Mendy, only for Thiago Silva who pulled off a fantastic tackle to the death to keep his team ahead.
Chelsea scored again after halftime with another excellent volley from a defender, this time Reece James struck from an even harder angle to add to his Blues’ top scorer tally this season before Callum Hudson Odoi did. adds a third moment later with a simple ending.
Timo Werner superimposed a fourth in injury time to confirm a snug night’s work for his side.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 23, 2021
Villareal Vs. Manchester United
Scorers: Ronaldo 78′, Sancho 90′
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again come to Manchester United’s aid in the Champions League as the Portuguese goal helped secure their place in the round of 16.
The guests also owed it to their goalkeeper, who came to the rescue of the club in Michael Carrick’s first game. David De Gea made a number of important saves in the 90 minutes.
Manu Trigueros thought he had given Villarreal the advantage with a low shot from the edge of the box, but De Gea made a splendid one-handed save to slide the ball wide.
With 12 minutes remaining, United took the opportunity with Fred to take possession of Etienne Capoue before Ronaldo chips the ball over Gerónimo Rulli.
Jadon Sancho then sealed the victory at the last minute, breaking the crossbar at close range for his first goal for the club after United delivered a fine counterattack.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 24, 2021