Real Madrid humiliated, Guillaume Hoarau shocks Juventus in Bern, six goals between Ajax and Bayern. The last day of the group stage of the Champions League has offered incredible matches.
UEFA Champions League Results | Group Stage Last Fixture: Guillaume Hoarau’s double against Juve, the crazy match between Ajax and Bayern and the humiliating defeat of Real Madrid, here’s what to remember.
Real Madrid humiliated by CSKA
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) December 12, 2018
Santiago Solari decided to rotate his squad for this last Champions League game without a stake, Madrid being already assured of the first place. In front of CSKA, the Los Blancos lived an improbable ordeal. However, the teammates of Karim Benzema started very well in the match. Vinicius, the attacker, put forward his talent by performing a festival on his side before focusing on the French, too short (18th). A few minutes later, the Brazilian again illustrated with a superb cross-shot, forcing Akinfeyev to release a beautiful save.
Once the storm passed, CSKA finally came out and Chalov opened the scoring after putting Sanchez in the wind on a hook (0-1). The situation became very delicate for the Merengues when Schennikov scored a second goal just before the break (0-2). The latter resumed perfectly a bad release as Courtois crossed his shot. Real reacted in the second half, Isco harvested a beautiful situation in the 56th minute. The consequence was terrible for the Spaniard who suffered the whistles from his public with each touch of the ball. Misery was not over for Real who took the water in the 73rd on a goal from Sigurdsson after a good job from Chalov (0-3).
Manchester United takes water in Valencia
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 12, 2018
Before the Champions League match, Manchester was hoping to finish in first place in the group in case of missteps of Juventus in Bern (misstep that has also occurred). But Valencia hit the first thanks to Soler. The midfielder got benefited from a bad recovery of the defense to resume control (1-0). At the leading edge of the attack, Batshuayi missed a huge opportunity by placing his head above the ball while he was alone at the penalty spot. Pogba could not find the frame in the 35th minute. While all was yet to be done, the Premier League residents were sentenced by themselves when Jones sent the ball into his own goals (2-0). In total mastery, Valencia could have even led 3-0 without a big parade of Romero after a face-to-face with Mina. United finished second and Valencia goes to Europa League.
Guillaume Hoarau brings down Juventus
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 12, 2018
It was a festival of opportunities for Juventus in Bern. The Turinese offered themselves the biggest situations in the first half, especially by Cristiano Ronaldo. At the half-hour, on one of their rare incursions, the Swiss collected a penalty after a fault of Sandro on Ngamaleu. Hoarau was responsible for transforming it (1-0). After the opening goal, the Young Boys came out of their camp more easily despite the many strikes of Juventus (nine shots in the first period). The Italians touched wood early in the second act on a free kick deviated by Hoarau (47th). The former Parisian was definitely the star of the game when the latter defeated Bonucci before rolling his shot (2-0). Ten minutes before the end of the game, Dybala finally realized all the opportunities from a beautiful offering from Ronaldo (2-1).
Ajax and Bayern back to back after a crazy match
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 12, 2018
Leadership was at stake between Ajax and Bayern Munich. If the Bavarians were able to gain the upper hand very quickly, the match was fantastic contested too. Before the quarter of an hour, Lewandowski took advantage of a laser pass to finish quietly (0-1). After the break, the pace quickened. Logically, the Dutch returned to the scoresheet thanks to Tadic following a sublime collective action (1-1). As the pressure intensified, a red card from Wober after a dangerous tackle on Goretzka put Ajax in the hard. But ten minutes later, Muller was also expelled for one foot in the face of Tagliafico. Tadic put Ajax nose in front from a penalty (2-1). But Lewandowski equalized five minutes later from a penalty (2-2). In an incredible atmosphere, Coman scored the third goal for the Bavarian in extra time (2-3) before Tagliafico answered (3-3)! Bayern finished first, Ajax second.
Quickly led, Manchester City imposed itself without really shaking
FULL-TIME | Sensational @LeroySane19 steers us into the last 16 as Group F winners! GET IN!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 12, 2018
Manchester City was scared in their last game of the Champions League group stage but assured the essential. Faced with Germans who had nothing to play, City cracked after a quarter of a game on a penalty conceded by Laporte. Kramaric scored and deceived Ederson (1-0). It was certainly a necessary wake up call for Guardiola’s men. City equalized from a jewel of Sane free kick (1-1). In the second half of the match, it was another goal from Sane that was a success for his team after a close run by Bernardo Silva (2-1). But, City has been far from reigning in this phase of matches.