Champions League Round: Canada's Eustaquio scores as Porto win Group B

Champions League Round: Canada’s Eustaquio scores as Porto win Group B

PORTO, Portugal – Canada international Stéphane Eustaquio scored as Porto beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in a Champions League match on Tuesday to top Group B.

Brazilian winger Galeno beat Atletico defender Stefan Savic on the left, raced towards the penalty box and sent in a low cross that Eustaquio stopped in the corner of the net before pouncing on the tackle. become

The 24th-minute strike was the second career Champions League goal for 25-year-old Eustaquio, expected to be one of the main cogs in Canada’s midfield at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Eustaquio has three goals and three assists in 26 games for Canada.

Porto lost their first two Champions League matches this season and were not expected to progress from a group where Atletico Madrid were the best.

But on Tuesday, it was Atletico who finished in last place and Porto celebrated group victory.

Eustaquio is one of four Canadians to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Tottenham 2, Marseille 1

MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ Tottenham qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League after bouncing back from a disappointing first-half performance to beat Marseille 2-1 and win their group on Tuesday.

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Pierre-Emile Hodgeburg scored with the last kick of the game at the Stade Veldrom to lift Tottenham to the top of Group D ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt, who had already won 2-1 at Sporting and the Højberg was in first place until the goal. .

This goal also meant that Marseille finished in last place and will not be involved in European competition in the new year.

The French side needed to win to reach the knockout stages for the first time since the 2011-12 season and dominated the first half, pinning the visitors in their own half and eventually in stoppage time. Became the lead when Channell Mumbai scored after 2011. Corner quickly taken.

Tottenham had no hand in the opposition penalty box in the first half, during which Son Heung-min was forced off the field after receiving a shoulder to the face from Mbemba. The forward, who is playing for South Korea at the World Cup, appeared to be unsteady on his feet as he was helped by a member of Spurs’ medical staff.

Tottenham finally got a goal early in the second half and Clement Lenglet equalized in the 54th minute _ with the team’s last goal coming from Ivan Perisic’s left-handed free kick.

In the final 15 minutes, H.jbjerg hit the crossbar for Tottenham, at the other end, Alexis Sanchez’s goal bound shot went wide of Perisic’s body.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Sporting Lisbon 1

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to lose and enter the knockout stages in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Kulu Mooney scored a goal for the visitors in the 72nd minute. Arthur Gomes equalized for the hosts in the 39th and Frankfurt in the 62nd after Daichi Kamada’s penalty kick.

Sporting topped Group D while it won at home, but it finished in third place and a place in the Europa League playoffs. A draw will be enough to progress regardless of other results.

The Portuguese side were trying to reach the round of 16 of the Champions League for the second consecutive season. It was knocked out by Manchester City in the last 16 last season.

Sporting started the match a point behind Tottenham, who scored a late goal to win 2-1 over Marseille and finish first in what is a wide-open Group D going into the final round. Marseille finished in last place.

Frankfurt made their Champions League debut this season thanks to last season’s Europa League title.

Sporting were trying to become the third Portuguese club to reach the last 16 this season, after Benfica and Porto had already secured their places in the next round.

Sporting lost forward Nuno Santos to injury in the first half. Santos was in the preliminary 55-man squad for Portugal ahead of the Qatar World Cup.

Sporting’s 17-year-old midfielder Dario Esogo made his Champions League debut in the second half.

Bayern Munich 2, Inter Milan 0

MUNICH (AP) – Eric Maxim Chopo-Moting extended his rich scoring form for Bayern Munich as the German champions beat Inter Milan on Tuesday to complete the Champions League group stage with six wins.

Both teams have already qualified for the last 16, with Inter finishing second in Group C behind Bayern.

Chopo Moting fired a rising shot into the top left corner from outside the penalty area for Bayern’s second goal, taking the Cameroon striker’s tally to seven goals in his last six games in all competitions. Chopo Moting also had an overhead kick goal disallowed for offside shortly before.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s decision to use the long-term backup as the starting striker has helped Bayern create a seven-game winning streak since mid-October and Robert Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona at the end of last season. After the withdrawal, the team focused on attack. .

Inter were angered by referee Ivan Krzliak’s decision not to award a penalty earlier when Sadio Mane blocked a shot with his hands in front of his face. After consulting the video replay, Krzyliak indicated that he decided against the penalty because Manny was acting instinctively to protect himself.

Benjamin Pavard opened the scoring for Bayern in the 32nd minute with a header when he was left in front of goal. It came shortly after Lautaro Martinez missed a good chance to give Inter the lead, sending the ball over the bar from close range as he stretched out to meet a cross from Robin Goossens. After that, Inter’s closest goal was when Cristian Aslani put the ball into the net from an apparently offside free-kick just after the break.

With Bayern in full control of the game following Chopo Motting’s goal, Nagelsmann opted to give playing time from the bench to two promising youngsters, 17-year-old striker Matthias Thiel and 16-year-old midfielder Paul Wiener. Edin Dzeko had a shot saved by Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ullreich in stoppage time.

Barcelona 4, Viktoria Plzen 2

PLIZEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Barcelona ended its disappointing Champions League campaign with a win at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Barcelona were already eliminated, while Plzen knew it was in last place in Group C. Barcelona finished the group stage in third place with seven points, guaranteed a place in the Europa League playoffs.

Ferran Torres scored twice and Marcos Alonso and youngster Pablo Torre scored one each for the Catalan club. The hosts got on the board with two goals from Tomas Churi.

Barcelona’s only other group stage win was 5-1 against Plzen in their opening match. It then lost 2–0 at Bayern Munich and 1–0 at Inter Milan, both of which went through to the next round. Bayern beat Inter 2-0 at home on Tuesday to make it six wins in a row in the group.

A 3-3 draw at home to Inter then meant that Barcelona needed the Italian team to stand up in their final matches, which did not happen. Barcelona also beat Bayern 3-0 at home.

It was the first time since 1999 that Barcelona had failed to progress to the knockout stages in consecutive years, coinciding with Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain two seasons ago.

The failure to progress this season has been a humbling setback after Barcelona embarked on a spending spree to boost their squad in the hope of recouping some of that money with a deep run in European competition. But even the addition of the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Rafinha in the Champions League is not enough.

Club Berg 0, Bayer Leverkusen 0

LEVERKOSEN, Germany (AP) — Club Brugge missed out on winning their Champions League group after a 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Monday.

Berg had already secured a place in the last 16 in the 2015–16 Gate as the first Belgian club to reach the knockout stage.

Coupled with Porto’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the other Group B game, a draw against Leverkusen meant Brugge became the first team from Belgium to win a Champions League group since Anderlecht 22 years ago. was deprived of Leverkusen finished third and went into the Europa League ahead of Atletico.

The game started at a slow pace before slowly gathering intensity. Brugge’s Kamal Soyeh forced a good save from goalkeeper Lukas Hradky in the 39th minute before Leverkusen’s Jeremy Frimpong fired into the side netting in first-half stoppage time.

Both teams came close to taking the lead early in the second half, with Brugge Canadian winger Tajon Buchanan hitting a shot against the crossbar in the opening seconds of the half. Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet prevented Berg from getting behind when he headed the dangerous Patrik Schick over the bar at a corner.

Ajax 3, Rangers 1

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Rangers were left with an unwanted Champions League group stage record after losing at home to Ajax on Tuesday, which clinched a spot in the Europa League qualifying playoffs.

Rangers finished Group A with six consecutive defeats and a goal difference of minus 20 _ the worst record of the group stage.

In another poor European night for the Scottish side, Steven Berghuis put the Dutch champions ahead in the fourth minute, before Mohamed Quddus scored the second in the 29th minute.

Rangers captain James Tavernier scored a late penalty but substitute Francisco Conceicao soon restored the visitors’ two-goal lead. The win secured third place in the group for Ajax, whose two wins came against Rangers.

The previous worst group stage record was by Dinamo Zagreb who lost all six games and finished with a minus 19 goal difference in 2011–12.

Rangers will be delighted to see the punishment end in their first Champions League campaign in 12 years.

They needed to win by five goals or more to qualify for the Europa League but even the most ardent Rangers supporters dismissed the possibility.

Liverpool 2, Napoli 0

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Not for the first time, the Champions League is proving to be the place for Liverpool.

A 2-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday ended the Italians’ unbeaten start to the season and served as a reminder of what Jurgen Klopp’s side are still capable of.

After back-to-back defeats against Nottingham Forest and Leeds in the Premier League, Liverpool did what no other team could do by beating Napoli.

Late goals from Mo Salah and Darwin Nunes decided a game that lacked entertainment or chances.

And it was a result that meant little to the group standings, with both teams assured of qualification for the round of 16 before kick-off and Napoli still progressing as Group A winners.

But that will be of no concern to Klopp, who is looking to boost his players’ confidence wherever he can, such has been Liverpool’s inconsistency this term.

In this sense, it will take more than one victory to remove the doubts surrounding his team. Especially coming in the Champions League _ a competition that has often produced defensive performances from a club that has won it six times and reached the final in three of the last five seasons under Klopp.

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