UEFA Champions League Multiple-Winners Barcelona eliminated even before kick-off, Juventus bow out in shame to Benfica and the latest sports trolls and banter.
FC Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax, Sevilla, and Atletico Madrid were stunned after being stamped out of Europe’s Top Club Competition, the Champions League, on Wednesday.
Catalan Giants FC Barcelona were humbled 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich.
Xavi’s team were hoping for a miracle in order to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Barcelona had an uphill task in beating a very confident German team, Bayern Munich and hoping that Inter Milan lose their remaining games. However, the Bavarians were in a no-mercy mood on the night, with African duo Sadio Mane and Eric Chuopo-Moting on the scoresheet in an emphatic 3-0 away win.
For the first time since 2013, Italian giants Juventus have failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a shocking 4-3 defeat to Portuguese League leaders Benfica. Honestly, the scoreline does not reflect how Juventus were completely dominated on Tuesday night.
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Late drama as Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1 draw against Sporting Lisbon temporarily halts qualification for the North London club. Harry Kane’s late disallowed goal was too much to handle for Spurs coach Antonio Conte. The Italian tactician was red-carded after an angry outburst following a controversial VAR-disallowed goal.
Nervousness must be creeping in at Tottenham after the 1-1 draw leaves them treading on ice. All four clubs in their Group D, Sporting, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Marseille, could reach the knockout stage.
2018/2019 semi-finalists Ajax were eliminated after a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool.
Spanish club Sevilla failed to qualify for the knockout stages despite a 3-0 win against FC Copenhagen. Sevilla were hoping Group G member Manchester City would win against Borussia Dortmund. However, the Citizens played out a goalless draw with the German Club, relegating Sevilla to the Europa League.
Spanish Giants Atletico Madrid missed a golden opportunity to win their match against Bayer Leverkusen. VAR came into play once again, with referee Clement Turpin awarding Atletico with a penalty after blowing the final whistle.
Atletico Madrid will now have to wait and see who they face in the Europa League. Atletico and all clubs eliminated from the Champions League will face big clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United, Roma, and Monaco in the Europa League.