Good morning, Fear the Wall!
Before we get into the remaining Champions League scores, I thought I’d let you guys re-live Jadon Sancho’s gorgeous free kick one more time:
Jadon Sancho, are you kidding me?! Now that's how you take a free-kick pic.twitter.com/66hu37SZtR— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) November 24, 2020
God, I love this team.
Champions League Recap
One of the things we like to do here is follow the Champions League campaigns of the Bundesliga’s European representatives. While BVB were busy steamrolling Club Brugge yesterday, RB Leipzig had a much tougher opponent: last year’s Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain. The match was actually very important for PSG, who entered the match day 1-0-2 in the Champions League and in desperate need of a win to keep their hopes of advancing to the knockout round alive.
Luckily for PSG, they got their three points by the skin of their teeth with a narrow 1-0 win. The difference maker was Neymar, who converted a penalty in the 11th minute after a very dubious penalty call, in which Angel Di Maria seemed to go down under his own power after a challenge from Marcel Sabitzer in the box.
With PSG’s win, Manchester United are now in the driver’s seat in Group H, and RB Leipzig and PSG will have to dogfight to make it into the Round of 16. Speaking of Manchester United, they defeated Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 yesterday, helped by this absolute belter by Bruno Fernandes:
What a ROCKET from Bruno Fernandes— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 24, 2020
(via @UCLonCBSSports) pic.twitter.com/MhFUUYphtb
The other match in Group F also took place yesterday. SS Lazio and Zenit St. Petersburg faced off in Rome, where Lazio won convincingly 3-1. This game probably doesn’t matter for BVB as Dortmund’s spot in the knockout round looks pretty secure, but it did put the nail in the coffin for FC Zenit’s Champions League ambitions.
Elsewhere, Barcelona beat Dynamo Kiev 4-0, helped along by a goal from the American Sergino Dest. Chelsea, Sevilla, and Juventus each beat Stade Rennais, Krasnodar, and Ferencvaros respectively by 2-1 scorelines.
Match day four of the Champions League will wrap up today. Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich both play today, with the foals facing Shakhtar Donestk at 1:00 pm EST and the Bavarians facing RB Salzburg at 3:00 pm EST.
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Do you think RB Leipzig will be able to make it into the knockout round?