Berlin, 25 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea and Sevilla secured progression to the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday with wins against Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros, Rennes and Krasnodar respectively.
Barcelona hammered Kiev 4-0 away thanks to a brace from Martin Braithwaite as well as goals from Sergino Dest and Antoine Griezmann.
They top Group G, three points ahead of Juve. Alvaro Morata’s late winner gave them a 2-1 victory after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Myrto Uzuni’s opener as the Italians also qualified with two games to spare.
Chelsea needed a late Olivier Giroud strike to win 2-1 in France. Callum Hudson-Odoi gave the Blues the lead before Sehrou Guirassy equalized in the final 10 minutes for Rennes.
The Premier League outfit lead Sevilla on goal difference in Group E. The Spaniards also required a goal at the death, with Munir’s effort seeing them prevail 2-1 in Krasnodar. Wanderson had previously levelled after Ivan Rakitic’s effort.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain beat RB Leipzig 1-0 and Manchester United dispatched Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1. Borussia Dortmund had too much for Club Brugge in their 3-0 win with Erling Haaland scoring another two goals. Lazio triumphed 3-1 over Zenit St. Petersburg.
Barca had to wait until the 52nd minute for the first goal, with Dest netting for the first time since his move from Ajax.
Braithwaite then tapped in to double the lead before scoring from the spot. Griezmann’s sweeping finish in injury time completed the rout in Kiev. This result means Ronald Koeman’s men maintain their 100 percent record in the group stage.
“This is the image of Barcelona we want to see. They dominated the game sufficiently to be proud of their performance,” said Koeman.
“We perhaps lacked a bit of effectiveness in the first half but overall I’m very happy.”
Ferencvaros’ Uzuni took advantage of Danilo’s mistake to give the Hungarians a shock lead in Turin. Ronaldo’s left-footed drive restored parity before the interval.
The game looked to be heading for a draw before Morata struck in the 92nd minute to break Ferencvaros hearts.
Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt said: “We tried until the end, we have a lot of technical quality in the team, and finally we managed to earn a very important win.”
Timo Werner missed an easy chance to put Chelsea in front before Hudson-Odoi’s side-footed finish gave them the advantage against Rennes.
Guirassy’s bullet header appeared to have earned the French side just their second point of the group, but substitute Giroud powered in a looping ball to give his side the narrow victory.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told BT Sport: “I’m very happy to qualify with two games to spare. It was a really tough match, they’re a very good team.
“Their recent form doesn’t reflect how good they are, it was a tough hard-fought win.”
Rakitic’s impressive early strike promised an easy 90 minutes for Sevilla, but Wanderson netted soon after the break to give Krasnodar hope of a point.
Munir grabbed the latest goal of the night, putting his side ahead in the fifth minute of injury time.
“Qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League is fantastic. It’s very difficult and to do it in our fourth match is something unthinkable,” said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui.
“Very few teams are going to achieve that so you have to see the merit of it. Now we’ve got the remaining aim of finishing first.”
Neymar netted the only goal of the game from the spot in Paris after Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer fouled Angel di Maria.
PSG are second in Group H, three points adrift of Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes scored twice, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James also getting themselves on the scoresheet.
Bottom side Basaksehir had only Deniz Turuc’s goal to celebrate.
Leipzig are third, level on points with PSG.
Haaland scored his fifth and sixth Champions League goals of the season either side of a stunning Jadon Sancho free-kick for Dortmund against Brugge.
They now top Group F ahead of Lazio, who went 2-0 up through Ciro Immobile and Marco Parolo against Zenit. Artem Dzyuba halved the deficit, but Immobile restored the two-goal buffer from the spot in the second half.