Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Russian teams in Champions: While there's life...

The best Russia can hope for in Europe is a miracle, with both Zenit and Spartak Moskva eliminated from the Champions League, Spartak to all intents and purposes from Europe altogether and Zenit with mission practically impossible, or highly unlikely, to perform in Milan but while there is life, there is hope. Groups A and B sewn up.

Group A

FC Porto and PSG wrap it up, Dinamo Kyiv in the Europa League; Dinamo Zagreb once again underlines Croatian teams' problems in this league.

 

FC Porto 3 Dinamo Zagreb 0

Lucho González, 20

Moutinho, 67

Varela, 85

  

Dynamo Kyiv 0 Paris Saint-Germain 2

                            Lavezzi 45, 52

  

Previous games

Dinamo Kyiv 0 FC Porto 0

PSG 4  Dinamo Zagreb 0

FC Porto 3 Dinamo Kyiv 2

D. Zagreb 0 PSG 2

FC Porto 1 PSG 0

D. Kyiv 2 D. Zagreb 0

Dinamo Zagreb 0 FC Porto 2

PSG 4  Dynamo Kyiv 1

 

 

Group A (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

  

FC Porto (POR)          5          4          1          0          9          2          7          13

PSG (FRA)                 5          4          0          1          12        2          10        12       

Dynamo Kyiv   5          1          1          3          5          9          -4        4         

(UKR) 

D. Zagreb (CRO)        5          0          0          5          0          13        -13      0

 

Group B

Schalke and Arsenal through, Olympiacos in the Europa League, Montpellier eliminated from European competitions.

 

Arsenal 2 Montpellier 0

Wilshere, 49

Podolski, 63

  

Schalke 1 Olympiacos 0

Fuchs, 77

 

Previous games

Olympiacos 3 Montpellier 1

Schalke 2 Arsenal 2

Montpellier 1     Olympiacos 2

Arsenal 0 Schalke 2

Schalke 2 Montpellier 2

Arsenal 3 Olympiacos 1

Montpellier 1    Arsenal 2

Olympiacos 1 Schalke 2

 

Group B (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

  

Schalke (GER) 5          3          2          0          9          5          4          11

Arsenal FC (ENG)      5          3          1          1          9          6          3          10

Olympiacos (GRE)      5          2          0          3          7          8          -1        6

Montpellier (FRA)       5          0          1          4          5          10        -5        1

 

Group C

Málaga and AC Milan through, Anderlecht and Zenit will battle it out for the Europa League place. Zenit travels to Milan and Anderlecht to Malaga.

 

Anderlecht 1 AC Milan 3

De Sutter, 78 El Shaarawy, 47; Mexès, 71; Pato, 90+1

  

Zenit 2 Málaga 2

Danny, 49,  Buonanotte, 8; Seba, 9

Fayzulin, 87

 

 

Previous games

Anderlecht 1 Zenit 0

AC Milan 1 Málaga 1

Zenit 1 Anderlecht 0

Málaga 1 AC Milan 0

Zenit 2 AC Milan 3

Anderlecht 0 Malaga 3

Málaga 3 Zenit 0

AC Milan 0 Anderlecht 0

 

 

Group C (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Málaga (SPA)             5          3          2          0          10        3          7          11

AC Milan (ITA)           5          2          2          1          7          5          2          8

Anderlecht (BEL)        5          1          1          3          2          7          -5        4

Zenit (RUS)                 5          1          1          3          5          9          -4        4

  

Group D

Dortmund and Real Madrid are through to the next round; Manchester City and Ajax fight for the Europa League place. City travels to Dortmund; Ajax goes to Madrid

 

Manchester City 1 Real Madrid 1

Aguero, 73 (pen)    Benzema, 10

  

Ajax 1            Dortmund 4

Hoesen, 87     Reus, 8; Götze, 36; Lewandowski, 41, 67

 

Previous games

Manchester City 2 Ajax 2

Real Madrid 2 Dortmund 2

Ajax 3 Manchester City 1

Dortmund 2 Real Madrid 1

Manchester City 1 Dortmund 1

Ajax 1 Real Madrid 4

Real Madrid 3 Manchester City 2

Dortmund 1 Ajax 0

 

 

Group D (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Dortmund (GER)         5          3          2          0          10        5          5          10

Real Madrid (SPA)      5          2          2          1          11        8          3          8

Ajax (NETH)              5          1          1          3          7          12        -5        4

Man. City (ENG)         5          0          3          2          7          10        -3        3

 

 

 

 

Played yesterday: Groups EFGH

Group E

  

Nordsjaelland out of Europe; Chelsea guarantee a Europa League place. Next game, Chelsea receives the Danes and Juve travels to Donetsk. It's all open for the first two places.

  

Nordsjaelland 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 5

Nordstrand, 24  Luis Adriano 26, 53, 71

Lorentzen, 29    Willian 44, 50

  

Juventus 3 Chelsea FC 0

Quagliarella, 38

Vidal, 61

Giovinco, 90+1

 

Previous games

Juventus 4 Nordsjaelland 0

Chelsea 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 2

Nordsjaelland 1   Juventus 1

Shakhtar Donetsk 2  Chelsea 1

Juventus 1        Shakhtar Donetsk 1

Nordsjaelland 0 Chelsea 4

Chelsea 2       Juventus 2

Shakhtar Donetsk 2  Nordsjaelland 0

 

 

Group E (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)        5          3          1          1          12        7          5          10

Juventus (ITA)             5          2          3          0          11        4          7          9

Chelsea FC (ENG)                  5          2          1          2          10        9          1          7

Nordsjaelland (DEN)              5          0          1          4          3          16        -13      1

 

Group F

Bayern and Valencia through; BATE seems set to claim the Europa place

 

BATE 0 LOSC 2

               Sidibé 14, Bruno, 31

 

Valencia 1 Bayern Munich 1

Feghouli, 77   T. Müller, 82

 

 

Previous games

Valencia 4             BATE 2

Bayern 6                LOSC 1

BATE 0 Valencia 3

LOSC 0   Bayern 1

Valencia 2 LOSC 0

BATE 3 Bayern 1

LOSC (Lille) 1 BATE 3

Bayern Munich 2 Valencia 1

 

 

Group F (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Bay. Munich (GER)     5          3          1          1          11        6          5          10

Valencia (SPA)            5          3          1          1          10        5          5          10

BATE (BLR)               5          2          0          3          8          10        -1        6

LOSC (FRA)              5          1          0          4          4          12       -8         3

 

 

Group G

Celtic faced a better team on the day, Benfica scoring two and hitting the woodwork twice but the last game favours the Scots (at home to Spartak) while Benfica travels to Barça. To all effects, Spartak's European campaign is over; Celtic and Benfica battle it out for the second place (Champions League) and third (Europa); Barcelona are through.

 

Spartak Moskva 0 Barcelona 3

                                 Daniel Alves, 16; Messi 27,39

  

Benfica 2 Celtic 1

John, 7      Samaras, 32  

Garay, 71

 

Previous games

Celtic 2 Barcelona 1

Benfica 2 Spartak Moskva 0

Barcelona 2   Celtic 1

Spartak Moskva 2   Benfica 1

Benfica 0 Barcelona 2

Spartak Moskva 2 Celtic 3

Celtic 0 Benfica 0

Barcelona 3 Spartak Moskva 2

 

 

Group G (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

 

Barcelona (SPA)         5          4          0          1          11        5          6          12

Benfica (POR) 5          2          1          2          5          5          0          7

Celtic (SCO)               5          2          1          2          7          7          0          6

Spartak Moskva          5          1          0          4          6          12        -6        3         

(RUS)

 

 

Group H

Man. U. through; it's between Galatasaray (travels to Braga) and Cluj (visits Old Trafford, for second and third place. Braga's European campaign ends.

 

CFR Cluj 3 Braga 1

Rui Pedro,    Alan, 17

7, 15, 33

 

Galatasaray 1 Manchester United 0

Buruk Yilmaz, 53

 

Previous games

 

CFR Cluj 1 Galatasaray 3

Braga 1 Man. United 3

Galatasaray 1  CFR Cluj 1

Manchester United 3 Braga 2

Galatasaray 0 Braga 2

CFR Cluj 1     Manchester United 2

Man. Utd. 1 Galatasaray 0

Sp. Braga  0  CFR Cluj 2

                     

 

Group H (Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For/Against, G. Diff.; Points)

Man. Utd (ENG)         5          4          0          1          9          5          4          12

Galatasaray (TUR)       5          2          1          2          5          5          0          7

CFR Cluj (ROM)        5          2          1          2          8          7          1          7

Sp. Braga (POR)         5          1          0          4          6          11       -5         3

Photo: FC Porto team manager, Vítor Pereira, who turned things around and made FC Porto again a force in Europe after disappointment last season. FC Porto fans are used to victory in all competitions.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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