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Manchester City and RB Leipzig on Tuesday became the first teams to reach the last 16 of this season’s Champions League, as Danylo Sikan’s goal allowed Shakhtar Donetsk to claim a stunning win over Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions have entered the knockout stages with a perfect record, with a 3-0 win over Young Boys making it four wins in four in Group G.
Erling Haaland followed his brace in Bern two weeks ago with another two goals against the Swiss side, with the Norwegian striker opening the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half.
Phil Foden scored their second goal in first-half injury time and Haaland struck again for his 15th goal of the campaign shortly after the break.
Young Boys were then reduced to 10 men when Sandro Lauper was sent off and City recorded a 10th consecutive home win in the league.
“People say ‘yes, the group stage, it’s easy’, but you have to do it. In life you have to do it when people expect you to do it,” Guardiola told TNT Sports.
Leipzig joined City to progress in Group G thanks to their 2-1 win over Red Star Belgrade.
Xavi Simons gave the Germans an early lead with a beautiful finish into the far corner, and Lois Openda made it 2-0 in the rain in Belgrade with his tenth goal this season.
Former European Cup winners Red Star pulled one back through a Benjamin Henrich own goal, but they now have to battle it out with Young Boys for a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Barcelona could have booked their ticket to the last 16 with a win over Shakhtar, but instead the Ukrainian club kept their own hopes alive with a famous 1-0 victory in Hamburg.
Sikan, the 22-year-old forward, headed in the only goal of the Group H match late in the first half and Shakhtar held on.
“It feels very sweet,” smiled coach Marino Pusic, whose Shakhtar team is playing European home games in Germany this season amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
“I am extremely proud of my players and all the people in the club who work very hard to support me in what we achieved tonight.”
– Pepe becomes oldest goalscorer ever –
Brazilian forward Evanilson opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half and Antwerp had Jurgen Ekkelenkamp sent off early in the second half.
Porto wrapped up the victory in stoppage time when veteran defender Pepe headed in to become the oldest player ever to score a Champions League goal at the age of 40 years and 254 days.
The record was previously held by Francesco Totti, who last scored in the competition for Roma at the age of 38.
– PSG, Newcastle defeated –
Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United’s hopes of qualifying from Group F remain in the balance after both lost on the road.
PSG lost 2-1 to AC Milan, despite Milan Skriniar giving the French team an early lead at San Siro.
Milan needed just three minutes to draw level when Rafael Leao finished in acrobatic fashion and Olivier Giroud headed in the winner five minutes after half-time.
Borussia Dortmund top the group after a 2-0 win over Newcastle in Germany, with Niclas Fuellkrug and Julian Brandt scoring the goals, one in each half.
“When you concede four goals in this stadium three days ago, it feels good to hold a very good English team to nil – and those two goals will do us good,” Brandt told Amazon Prime as Dortmund bounced back from the 4-0 on Saturday. A thrashing from Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
– Atletico hit six –
Atletico Madrid top Group E after beating Celtic 6-0 in Spain to record their biggest win in the modern Champions League.
Antoine Griezmann grabbed an early opener before Celtic sent off Daizen Maeda midway through the first half.
Alvaro Morata made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time and Griezmann made it three after an hour.
Samuel Lino got the fourth with a stunning strike, Morata brought in the fifth for his second and Saul Niguez completed the scoring.
Lazio defeated Feyenoord 1–0 in the same section thanks to Ciro Immobile’s 200th goal for the club.
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