Champion’s League Fantasy Football teams we’re set for a tricky round of group games this week with groups A to F set to play in some decisive matches. Injuries played a role in who made a start, as it did those who have already made the final 16, leaving some of the teams’ big names left on the bench.
Wins were sought by most to ensure qualification whilst others needed a draw, or some luck by the lower teams making an unexpected win.
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First up were Manchester United who despite already qualifying needed at least a draw to ensure their position at the top of Group A. A slow start by United gave Shakhtar Donetsk the advantage leading up to half time, but after a demanding talk by Moyes Utd we’re able to put the Ukrainian side under pressure eventually leading to a brilliant strike by Jones at just twelve yards giving The Reds a 1 – 0 win guaranteeing there position at the top of the group.
Despite already winning the Group, Real Madrid still managed a convincing 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen despite their latest wonder signing Bale being on the bench due to suffering from the flu. Leaving Juventus and Galatasary to battle it out for second. The Turkish side needed a win over the Italians and after some close calls, the Turks managed to score giving them a convincing 1-0 final score line over Juve, giving them an easier path to the finals. Wesley Sneijder scored the game’s only goal in the 85th minute, yet were still consigned to next season’s Europa League competition instead.
PSG having won the group thanks to their earlier performances were able to rest some of their star players with Ibrahimovic, Motta and Silva all taking their seats on the bench. Benfica however still needed a win higher in points and away goals than Olympiakos to get a place in the next round. After an unbalanced game of break and counter, Benfica still came up short despite a 2-1 win thanks to a 3-1 win by Olympiakos.
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani scored from the penalty spot penalty and Nicolas Gaitan also scored giving Benfica hope until they were trumped by Olympiakos’ win over Anderlecht.
With both Manchester City and Bayern Munich both having already qualified by taking the top two spots. Pellegrini took his opportunity to rest some of his players and Bayern still enjoying the 7-0 smashing they handed out this Saturday did the same. Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze all put the ball into the back of the net, as did David Silva who pulled one back from close range following Jesus Navas’s cross. Aleksandar Kolarov also scored, equalizing after a penalty.
Like Man Utd, Chelsea had already made their way into the final 16 yet were seeking a solid win to cement their position at the top of the group leaving Basel and Schalke to fight for second. Ivan Ivanov’s sending off left Basel having to accept a place in the Europa League after finishing third in the group.
Group F was the most uncertain of all the groups with Arsenal needing to avoid a 3 goal loss to Napoli to ensure their qualification, but despite some lighting fast counters we’re unable to make their mark losing 2-0 to the Italians, Borussia Dortmund predictably won with a 2-1 scoreline at Marseille winning their spot in the last 16. Kevin Grosskreutz’s scoring his 87th minute goal earned last season’s finalists a place in the final 16.