Champions League recap: Inter Milan defeat Plzen, Barcelona are eliminated

Champions League recap: Inter Milan defeat Plzen, Barcelona are eliminated

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Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League before even kicking the ball on Wednesday as Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen 4-0 with only one Europa League berth left.

After former Premier League players Henrik Mkhitaryan and Edin Dzeko scored in the first half to put Inter ahead at San Siro, former Manchester City player Dzeko scored again in the second half.

Barcelona finished third in Group C as Romelu Lukaku rounded out the win at the end.

It will be the second season in a row that Barcelona will leave the Champions League in the group stage, after 17 consecutive seasons in the K’s.

Benjamin Pavard then insulted Barcelona injury with his third goal in second half injury time.

But there was still time for the Spaniard to get even worse as Bayern Munich won his 3-0 victory at the Camp Nou to clinch his first place spot in Group C. Sadio Mane opened the scoring just 10 minutes later with a superb pass from Serge Gnabry, and former Stoke striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled Bayern’s lead in the 31st minute.

Atlético Madrid had a miserable night for the Spanish side by also being eliminated from the Champions League as his 2–2 draw at home against Bayer Leverkusen saw him miss an injury penalty.

Lucas Hradetzky saved a Yannick Carrasco penalty before Saul Niguez’s rebound hit the bar. This means Diego his Simeone squad will be left out of the group stage for the first time in a decade.

Leverkusen took the lead through Moussa Diaby in the ninth minute, but Atlético equalized midway through the opening thanks to Carrasco. Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen took the lead again through Callum Hudson-Odoi, who scored his first goal for the club since joining from Chelsea. Atlético equalized early in the second half through Rodrigo De Paul’s goal, but will need to secure Europa League qualification against Leverkusen on Matchday 6.

Porto advanced to the round of 16 at Club Brugge on Wednesday, where he beat Belgium 4-0 away. After Mehdi Taremi gave Porto the lead in the first half, goalkeeper Diogo Costa saved two penalties to deny the Belgian hosts a way back into the game early in the second half.

Evaniusson, Steven Eustaquio and Talemi added his three goals in quick succession to retaliate for Porto after his 4–0 defeat at home to club Brugge last month. Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Marseille at home widened their chances in Group D and boosted their chances of progressing to next week’s final matchday. The win put the reigning Europa League champions one ahead of Marseille on seven points alongside second-placed Sporting Lisbon. Tottenham finished eighth in his 1–1 draw with Portugal.

The hosts took the lead after three minutes on the strength of Daichi Kamada’s goal, their first in a tournament home game this year, capping off an excellent passing move. The former Arsenal player Matteo Guendouzi’s close-range shot gave Marseille a point in the 22nd minute, but their relief only lasted five minutes as Mario Gotze played a flawless one-two with Randal Kolo Muani, who scored the game-winning goal.

The winner of Frankfurt’s match against Sporting the following week will advance to the round of 16, but a draw for the Portuguese team will also do.

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