The Champions League group stage continues at the end of the year, with the fifth day scheduled for this week. Groups C and D started this Thursday, with FC Barcelona and Bayern qualifying in Group D, while Juve still wants to believe in it behind Lyon and Arsenal…
It is not always necessary to win to ensure qualification for the next round. The Arsenal players experienced this tonight in Group C, qualified despite their defeat tonight against Lyon (0-1).
=> [UWCL, Groupe C] Arsenal – OL (0-1) : Valuable success for Lyon, Arsenal qualified despite defeat
This result guarantees one of the two qualifying places for the London players, while the other ticket will go to Lyon or Juventus of Turin. OL are now in a good position, two points ahead of the Bianconere, who will travel to Parc OL on Wednesday. Victory will be imperative for the Turin players, eliminated in all other cases.
A big victory that is not enough for Juve
Juventus on unfavorable waivers despite their victory at the start of the evening against FC Zurich (5-0). A sign of winter fast approaching, the game was an hour late, time to clear the lawn of Juventus Stadium.
The Turinoises were not disturbed by the elements, starting with Cristiana Girelli, author of a quadruple in this part. The Italian striker scored twice from the penalty spot (45e and 59e), but also opened the scoring, from the start, on a corner (2e). Helpful set pieces due to the difficult playing conditions, and Lineth Beerensteyn is also at the conclusion from a corner in the first period (25e).
Despite some opportunities at the start of the match (6e and 20e), Zurich inclines widely in this part. In the second half, Juve also managed to score in the game, with an action initiated by Barbara Bonansea, and concluded by Cristiana Girelli in the opposing area (57e). Pauline Peyraud-Magnin then intervenes against Fabienne Humm, and deprives FC Zurich of a goal in this match (65e).
The end of the game is less happy for Juve, with the injury of Lineth Beerensteyn, hit in the ankle after a full match, and a few days before a decisive duel against Lyon. An injury due to contact with Irina Pando, sanctioned with a second yellow and expelled following this action (84e).
A place still to be taken in group C, while in group D, we now know the two teams qualified for the quarter-finals. These are FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, guaranteed to continue their European route in the spring, whatever the results of the sixth and final day, next week.
This last day of the group stage will nevertheless be of interest for the two teams, who will compete for first place in group D. Barça and Bayern are tied on points (12) but it is the Catalan club which has of the best particular goal difference, and currently occupies the first place.
The two teams are qualified for the quarters, after their respective victories on the lawns of Rosengard (0-4) and Benfica (2-6). Barca won in Portugal, in a game that came close to getting out of control of the Blaugranas in the second half.
Benfica also provides the show
FC Barcelona seemed to have done the essentials by scoring twice in the first period. Irene Paredes quickly opened the scoring from a corner (7e), while Claudia Pina added the second Catalan goal shortly before the break (45+2). The rest of the game confirms the ascendancy of Barça, with Aitana Bonmati (48e) then Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (58e) who in turn score for Barcelona.
Benfica did not abdicate in this part, however, and Jessica Silva reduced the gap for the Lisbon players (62e). Even dominated, Benfica then obtained a penalty caused by Cloé Lacasse. An opportunity to get closer, missed by Nycole Raysla who saw her shot repelled by Sandra Panos, FC Barcelona goalkeeper (73e).
Rather than a real Benfica comeback at the end of the match, the last quarter of an hour offers a spectacular game, with two new goals for Barça (80e and 90e), another for Cloé Lacasse and Benfica (81e), without forgetting a new penalty in favor of the Portuguese club, on which Sandra Panos once again manages to intervene (90 + 6)!
A qualification validated in Sweden for Bayern
Earlier in the evening, Bayern had won in Malmö in Sweden, signing a big victory against FC Rosengard. The Bavarians found the opening for the first time from a corner, with a headed goal signed Taïnara. The Brazilian defender is at the conclusion on a ball distributed by Lina Magull from the left side (38e).
Led in the score, the players of Rosengard are more dangerous on the return from the locker room, by Olivia Schough (49e), or Mia Persson (53e), whose shot is caught by Maria-Luisa Grohs as she headed straight for the Bavarian right corner. What followed was less favorable for Rosengard, with Bayern taking off, thanks to goals from Sydney Lohmann (66e), Georgia Stanway (73e), but also Julia Landenberger (90e). The 18-year-old German player then scored her first goal for Bayern, just moments after coming on.
Photo: FC Barcelona
[UWCL] Champions League (group stage) – Results/program of the 5e daytime
Thursday, December 15
Turin Juventus – FC Zurich: 5-0
Arsenal- Olympique Lyonnais : 0-1
Ranking : 1) Arsenal 10pts (+6); 2) Olympique Lyonnais 10 points (+4) 3) Juventus 8 pts (+6); 4) FC Zurich 0 pts (-16).
FC Rosengard – Bayern Munich : 0-4
SL Benfica – FC Barcelona : 2-6
Ranking : 1) FC Barcelona 12 points (+17); 2) Bayern 12 pts (+5); 3) SL Benfica 6 pts (-11); 3) FC Rosengard 0 pts (-11).
KFF Vllaznia – Chelsea (6:45 p.m.)
Paris Saint Germain – Real Madrid (9 p.m.)
Ranking : 1) Chelsea 10pts (+11); 2) Paris Saint-Germain 7 pts (+8); 3) Real Madrid 5 pts (0); 4) KFF Vllaznia 0 pts (-19).
AS Roma – SKN Sankt Polten (6:45 p.m.)
VfL Wolfsburg – Slavia Prague (9 p.m.)
Ranking : 1) Wolfsburg 10 pts (+8); 2) AS Roma 7 pts (0); 3) SKN Sankt Polten 4 pts (-4); 4) Slavia Prague 1 pt (-4).
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[UWCL, phase de groupes] Champions League: Barça and Bayern qualify for the quarter
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