The Champions League groups stages are finally over, with one game left to play a lot of teams had nothing to play for but the result of which ended up having some interesting results.
The biggest game of matchday 6 was definitely Real Madrid versus Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid took a 2-0 lead in this game thanks to two Karim Benzema goals. Dortmund then got back into the game thanks to Marco Reus and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang finished off a lovely move to get Dortmund a goal and get them back into the game, before Reus scored the equaliser at the death to make sure that Dortmund finished top of their group. Borussia Dortmund also broke a goal scoring record in this game becoming to first team to score 21 goals in the Champions League.
While also in Dortmund’s group was the game between Legia Warsaw and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Sporting needed only a draw to qualify for the Europa League, but Legia beat them 1-0 to continue their adventure in Europe even though during the group stages they have conceded 24 goals.
English clubs had a mixed time in the final group game as Arsenal beat Basel to secure top spot in their group for the first time in six years, thanks to Ludogorets drawing 2-2 with Paris Saint Germain. While Tottenham finally got a win at Wembley to secure a Europa League place, Manchester City were already guaranteed second place in their group so they played their youngsters in a 1-1 draw with Celtic. While Leicester City who are making their debut in the Champions League had already secured first place in their group lost 5-0 to FC Porto. Leicester put out a second team and it showed as they were destroyed by a team that has years of Champions League experience. Hopefully this doesn’t stop the great story of Leicester City and we see them back to their best in the knockout stages.
So the group stages are finally over and the teams that qualified are as follows Arsenal, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, AS Monaco, Leicester City, FC Porto, Napoli, Benfica, Juventus and Sevilla. The Champions League is now getting to the business stage and this is where we start to see who are the likely winners of this year’s competition.