Champions League Round: Messi-starred PSG advance among four teams

Champions League Round: Messi-starred PSG advance among four teams

His first goal was an erratic, off-foot finish. His second was very much his trademark – quick feet outside the area and then a precise curler in the corner.

Lionel Messi continued his excellent pre-World Cup form to join the likes of Paris Saint-Germain as one of four teams to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, along with Chelsea, Benfica and Borussia Dortmund.

More than half of the round of 16 lineups have now been confirmed – five clubs have already passed – and PSG will be one of the teams looking to fend off the competition, especially with Messi in this position. Kylian Mbappe too.

In contrast to their careers, the two superstar forwards are tasked with guiding the French champions to their first Champions League title and they both scored twice in the 7-2 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa.

Neymar, another member of the team’s impressive attacking trident, also scored in the win that ended PSG’s Group H tie with Benfica. Both teams go into the final round with 11 points.

Benfica were 4-3 winners against Juventus, who failed to reach the knockout stages for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

With a best-of-33 goal in the final round of group games, Kai Havertz hit a long-range shot over the crossbar to give Chelsea a 2-1 win at Salzburg and finish in first place. Group E.

It is the 18th time in 19 group stage campaigns that Chelsea, two-time Champions League winners, have progressed. PSG have now done so for 11 consecutive seasons but are yet to win European football’s biggest prize.

Dortmund joined Manchester City in progressing from Group G after a 0-0 draw with the English champions, who are now confident of a top-placed finish.

Real Madrid, already qualified, the defending champion, lost 3-2 in Leipzig and must wait to seal first place in Group F. Leipzig are on the brink of promotion after being held to a 1-1 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk. .

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