Mbappe scores as reports go, Manchester City, Madrid progress

Mbappe scores as reports go, Manchester City, Madrid progress

ROME (AP) — Happy or not, Kylian Mbappe continues to score goals for Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are not the same without Erling Holland.

Still, City — despite a 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen — joined Real Madrid on Tuesday as the first team to advance to the Champions League knockout stage.

On the same day as reports emerged that Mbappe is frustrated at PSG and wants to leave during the January transfer window, the France striker converted a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Benfica.

It was Mbappe’s record 31st goal for PSG in the competition, passing Edinson Cavani for the club record.

Mbappe was close to joining Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer but eventually agreed to stay at PSG for two more years with an option for an extra season.

The 23-year-old Frenchman celebrated his latest goal with his arms outstretched and rushed into the Parc des Princes stands – without a hint of displeasure.

Mbappe also had an acrobatic chance to have the winner ruled out by VAR, leaving PSG level with Benfica at the top of Group H.

The city was stopped

With Holland resting, 10-man City were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Copenhagen, a team that remains in the top half of the Danish league.

Copenhagen became the first team to stop City from scoring this season in a game covered by early video review decisions.

One of those VAR calls resulted in a red card for City in the 30th minute when Sergio Gomes was the last man to pull back Haakon Arnar Haraldsson and hurt the visitors at Parkin’s atmospheric stadium.

Still, City lead Group G with 10 points, followed by Borussia Dortmund (7), Sevilla (2) and Copenhagen (2).

City, like Madrid, have progressed with two matches remaining in the group stage.

Continuation of Bellingham

At 19, England midfielder Jude Bellingham has scored in all four of Dortmund’s Champions League games this season.

The youngsters took center stage as Sevilla took the lead with a header from 20-year-old defender Tanguy Nyanzo before Bellingham broke through Thomas Meunier’s low cross for a 1-1 draw.

Only Haaland (5 goals) and Mbappe (4) have scored more Champions League goals this season.

Bellingham also became the youngest Englishman to score in a single Champions League season, beating Wayne Rooney’s record of three goals in 2004–05.

Rudiger to the Savior

Antonio Rudiger scored a stoppage-time equalizer for Madrid in a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk and his face was bloody.

Also, Timo Werner scored his first Champions League goal since his return to Leipzig to help secure a 2-0 win at Celtic.

Madrid lead Group F with 10 points, followed by Leipzig (6), Shakhtar (5) and Celtic (1).

Chelsea tour

Chelsea were bottom of Group E but two straight wins over Serie A champions AC Milan saw them move into pole position to progress to the round of 16.

Chelsea topped the group with a 2-0 win at Milan, playing mostly with 10 men after former Blues defender Fikayo Tomori was sent off after conceding a penalty in the 18th minute.

Jorginho converted the spot kick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 34th.

Chelsea moved a point above Salzburg, who drew 1-1 with Dinamo Zagreb in their other Group E match. Milan and Dynamo are three points below Chelsea.

The crisis of Juventus

Juventus fell further into crisis and were left on the brink of Champions League exit after a 2-0 loss to Maccabi Haifa which also included an injury to key winger Angel Di Maria.

Omar Etzli scored twice in the first half as Haifa secured their first Champions League win in two decades.

Juventus remain third in Group H behind PSG and Benfica with two games to play.

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