Malmö got rid of the red lantern – and almost had to win for it. RB Leipzig only entered the top 10 when there was nothing left to do, and FC Chelsea finally beat Filippo Cataldo. The power ranking for the 5th day of the Champions League.
32nd place (was 27th): Club Brugge
The longer the group stage, the more the players of the Belgian champions are overwhelmed. While Brugge seemed totally crushed on Matchday 4 against Manchester City and surprised at City’s style of play, they simply gave in to their fate against the weakened Leipzig side at 5-0. Ten very good minutes after the break, Bruges could not help but slip to 32nd place.
31st place (was 31st): Besiktas
No question: a 1: 2 against the brilliant Ajax players is a step up from the 0: 4 against Sporting last time. And for a relatively long time, they could even hope for their first victory or at least their first point in Istanbul. But for that, we should at least do a little something for the match in the second half and defend Sébastien Haller. The latter is difficult, but not so desperate that you don’t even go to the man.
Place 30 (was 32nd): Malmö FF
Five minutes of stoppage time was narrowly lacking and Malmö could have made a huge leap here after his courageous performance against St. Petersburg. But Sören Riek’s goal in the first half was not enough to win in the end, even though goalkeeper Dajlin saved a self-inflicted penalty on Artem Dzyuba after just under an hour. But in the second minute of stoppage time, Zenit still scored. Malmö is thus definitively eliminated from international competition. But at least with at least a point.
29th place (29th): Shakhtar Donetsk
Donetsk has managed to keep zero in the Champions League three times in duels with Inter. With two goals conceded in their fourth meeting, the Ukrainians were well served: Inter did not give Donetsk a chance for 90 minutes – and that without really having to shine. For Donetsk, international affairs are rightly over.
Place 28 (was 24th): Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit will spend the winter in the European Cup. The very flattering 1-1 draw against Malmö cemented third place in Group H, of all preliminary round groups probably the one with the biggest gap between the two strong teams (although “strong” for Juventus is not currently valid only on paper) and weak. One goal in added time was enough for Zenit to bring the score to 1-1. And you really don’t need to know more.
27th place (28th): Dynamo Kiev
Kiev had a point in the premier league even before the second clash with Bayern Munich, after which the Ukrainians scored their first goal of the season thanks to Denys Garmash. It would have almost been two if the ball hadn’t hit the post in the first half after Manuel Neuer’s vent hole. Of course, Kiev was also significantly inferior to Bayern, who were severely weakened and not as committed, but in places it didn’t look so bad as the Kievans stepped up the pace of their counterattacks in midfield. . They are already eliminated from Europe, but maybe something can be done in the last game against Benfica.
Place 26 (was 22nd): Sheriff Tiraspol
Some things work out on their own – or after CL game day 2. Sheriff may have surprised the professional world, his opponents and probably also his oligarch owners at the start of the season with the first two wins. But the 3-0 draw against Real Madrid at the latest put things back in place. The sheriff didn’t stand a chance. As would be expected (unfortunately or not).
Place 25 (was 20th): BVB
Oh, BVB! After every loss in a deciding match, you could write the same and use the M word, so unpopular with Marco Reus. The fact that the Q question is also asked after the 1: 3 at Sporting is perhaps even very good. Because: A lack of quality sometimes distracts a little from the work of the coach and is also a question of team planning and individual skills. Nico Schulz, Marin Pongracic and Reinier are not the only BVB players who do not appear to be at the required level. But it’s also clear: even BVB’s starting XI in Lisbon, which had been weakened, had nominally more quality than Sporting. Which brings us back to the subject of mentality.
“It’s getting tight for Favre!” Network reactions to the BVB disaster
Borussia Dortmund missed the CL round of 16 with a 3-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon. In social media, BVB is being ridiculed and the red card for Emre Can is puzzled. Here is a small selection.
Stefan Hermanns (Tagesspiegel)
Christoph Biermann (11 friends)
Clemens Boisserée (Rheinische Post)
Justin Kraft (freelance journalist)
Place 24 (was 18th): VfL Wolfsburg
Were the successful experiences of the first matches under the guidance of new coach Florian Kohfeldt just a flash in the pan? Against Sevilla, Wolves disappointed in every way. To make matters worse, Lukas Nmecha also received his third yellow card, so that Wolfsburg had to do without the best striker in the last group match against current leaders Lille. That wolves can still hibernate internationally – even in first class – is just crazy after Tuesday’s performance.
23rd place (was 19th): Atletico Madrid
Atletico are also among the teams that have clearly reduced the current competition. If Diego Simeone’s side did not get the points they hoped for in an exceptionally spectacular match against Liverpool (2: 3) for Atletico standards, the Spanish champions are now playing as usual – but without the results. Losing to Milan, who really haven’t excelled as a team in the current competition and now sit fourth before the final matchday, doesn’t just hurt Simeone. Even if anything is still possible in Group B (Porto in second place has just one more point): In this form, an eliminated Atletico would not be a knockout loss for the round of 16.
22nd place (29th): Young Boys Bern
On the part of Atalanta’s opponents, you’re used to such crazy final stages as in this 3: 3, but who would have thought that Young Boys, who lacked oomph since the surprise victory over ManUnited on Matchday 1 , could also have so much fun? Well, Bern must have been forced a bit to be lucky. The Swiss started with underdog football and tried to wow their opponents’ enthusiasm for football with a few faults. But when they noticed it wouldn’t work against Atalanta and they were quickly 0-1 behind, the Young Boys opened their sights and just played with them. Thanks for that! It’s an honorable way to say goodbye to competition.
21st place (25th): Atalanta Bergamo
Atalanta is and will remain the most schizophrenic team in the Champions League. It’s really fun to watch her and in fact she only deserves love for her show-stopping craziness. But over the past two years Atalanta has managed to bring home games more often. After the 3: 3 against Bern anything is still possible, but against Villarreal, who usually play seriously, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side now need a victory on the final matchday.