Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane stands on the sideline throughout the Spanish League soccer match between Real Madrid CF and Cadiz CF on the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, northeastern Madrid, on October 17, 2020. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)
Curtis Jones despatched a depleted Liverpool by means of to the Champions League final 16 on Tuesday, whereas Zinedine Zidane dismissed options he would possibly stroll away from Real Madrid after one other defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk left their European hopes within the steadiness.
Liverpool had been with no host of key gamers for the go to of Ajax to Anfield in Group D, with 22-year-old Irishman Caoimhin Kelleher beginning in objective within the absence of Alisson.
Teenager Jones scored the one objective simply earlier than the hour, tucking the ball in after Ajax ‘keeper Andre Onana thought he could afford to let a Neco Williams cross sail over his head.
The result was vital for the Premier League champions after their home loss to Atalanta a week ago, and it allowed them to secure a spot in the knockout phase.
“Honestly since I was at Liverpool that feels like one of the biggest Champions League nights. Without supporters in, it was the most important, most difficult, most exceptional,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport.
They will go through as group winners after Atalanta had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Midtjylland, Cristian Romero heading in a late equaliser in response to Alexander Scholz’s thumping opener for the Danes.
Atalanta are some extent clear in second from Ajax, with the perimeters assembly in Amsterdam of their final sport subsequent week.
Two-time former European champions Porto additionally sealed a last-16 spot after drawing 0-0 at residence to Manchester City, who had been already by means of and at the moment are assured to high Group C.
Porto would have certified regardless, as a result of Olympiakos misplaced 2-1 to Marseille in France, with Dimitri Payet scoring two penalties within the second half to show the sport round after Mohamed Mady Camara fired the Greeks in entrance.
The consequence ends Marseille’s Champions League file run of 13 straight defeats and means they may but pip Olympiakos to 3rd place and the comfort of a Europa League berth.
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Real Madrid might but be consigned to the same destiny after they went down 2-0 to Shakhtar in Kiev, their second defeat this season by the Ukrainians.
Substitutes Dentinho and Manor Solomon scored second-half targets in Kiev as Shakhtar shocked the 13-time European champions once more, having received 3-2 in Madrid in October.
Shakhtar had misplaced their final two Group B matches in opposition to Borussia Moenchengladbach by an combination rating of 10-0, however now transfer above Real into second place with one sport remaining.
Gladbach are high by some extent, whereas Shakhtar have the higher hand on Real due to their superior head-to-head file.
However, the harm was restricted for Real after Inter Milan received 3-2 away to Gladbach to maintain their very own hopes alive.
Matteo Darmian put Inter forward and Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Antonio Conte’s facet. Alassane Plea netted a brace for Gladbach however was denied a hat-trick, and a late equaliser, due to an offside name.
It means Inter are backside of the group however might nonetheless qualify, whereas Real will certainly qualify so long as they win at residence to Gladbach.
Madrid have made it out of their group in yearly since 1997 and so failure to qualify could be seen as a catastrophe, however Zidane will not be contemplating stepping down.
“I am not going to resign, not at all. We are always going to have difficult moments, and we are on a bad run, but we need to keep going,” stated the Frenchman.
Real’s metropolis rivals Atletico Madrid may also nonetheless have all of it to do of their closing group sport after being held to a 1-1 draw at residence by a weakened Bayern Munich.
Joao Felix gave Atletico the lead in opposition to a Bayern facet who had already received Group A. Thomas Mueller received after which transformed a late penalty to earn the defending champions a draw.
Salzburg can snatch a last-16 place in the event that they beat Atletico at residence subsequent week, after the Austrians received 3-1 away to Lokomotiv Moscow.
Mergim Berisha scored twice within the first half for Salzburg, and Karim Adeyemi received their third objective after Anton Miranchuk transformed a penalty for the railway-backed facet.