Paris: Manchester United booked their place within the Champions League final 16 as Cristiano Ronaldo scored in a 2-0 victory at Villarreal on Tuesday, whereas holders Chelsea additionally reached the knockout part by thumping Juventus.
Three-time European champions United went into their first recreation since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the weekend needing a win to verify a top-two end in Group F.
However they have been beneath huge strain as defeat would have left their destiny out of their very own fingers.
David de Gea made two essential saves and United, with Michael Carrick in caretaker cost, took benefit by means of Ronaldo’s 78th-minute lob.
Jadon Sancho, so typically a peripheral determine since his big-money transfer from Borussia Dortmund within the close-season, capped a effective particular person show together with his first aim for the membership late on.
“It’s not an important result for me personally. It’s an important one for the players and the club,” stated Carrick.
Ronaldo’s aim was the 799th of his profession, his one hundred and fortieth within the Champions League and his sixth within the competitors this season.
The opposite qualification spot within the group stays up for grabs after Younger Boys and Atalanta performed out an exhilarating 3-3 attract Bern.
Late objectives from Vincent Sierro and Silvan Hefti gave the Swiss champions a 3-2 lead, however Luis Muriel struck within the 88th minute for the guests.
Atalanta face a winner-takes-all match in opposition to Villarreal in Bergamo subsequent month.
Chelsea thrash Juve
Chelsea romped into the final 16 and to the highest of Group H with a powerful 4-0 thrashing of Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s males knew that qualification can be secured if they might keep away from defeat or if Zenit Saint Petersburg did not beat Malmo.
The Blues dominated the early levels and took the lead by means of younger defender Trevoh Chalobah’s third aim of the season.
Chelsea’s defenders have been persistently a menace from set-pieces, and Thiago Silva noticed a header saved by Wojciech Szczesny early within the second interval.
It was a defender who doubled Chelsea’s lead within the 56th minute.
England right-back Reece James hammered a effective volley into the underside nook to internet for the fifth time already this time period.
Chelsea grabbed their third aim lower than two minutes later, Ruben Loftus-Cheek prodding the ball to Hudson-Odoi, who smashed residence from shut vary.
There was nonetheless time for Timo Werner, making his first look since an damage layoff, to return off the bench and rating in added time.
“We did really well, it is so tough to score goals against Juventus and we created so much,” stated Tuchel. “Full credit for an amazing performance and a fantastic result.”
Zenit drew 1-1 with Malmo to safe a spot within the Europa League knockouts.
Barcelona have been held to a goalless draw by Benfica on the Camp Nou in Xavi’s second recreation as coach, however stay above the Portuguese aspect in Group E.
Nonetheless, the Catalan membership must beat Bayern Munich in Germany of their closing group recreation to make sure of creating the following spherical.
Benfica host already-eliminated Dynamo Kiev of their final match, trailing Barca by two factors.
Barcelona endured a nervy first half which noticed Gavi waste the one clear alternative, blazing over from shut vary when Memphis Depay was ready within the center for a tap-in.
Xavi’s males improved after the interval, although, with Frenkie de Jong’s header forcing Benfica ‘keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos right into a flying save.
Nevertheless it was Benfica who virtually took an enormous step in direction of the final 16 deep into damage time, just for Haris Seferovic to shoot huge when he ought to have scored.
“We played well but there’s a bitter aftertaste because we were here to win tonight,” Barca defender Ronald Araujo advised uefa.com.
“In front of our fans, our people — and now we simply must go and win in Munich.”
The opposite recreation in Group E noticed Bayern Munich wrap up high spot with a 2-1 victory at Dynamo Kiev.
Robert Lewandowski lit up a snowy night within the Ukrainian capital by scoring a powerful overhead kick, with Kingsley Coman additionally on the scoresheet for the six-time winners.
In Group G, Lille made Salzburg wait to succeed in the final 16 as Jonathan David scored a first-half winner in a 1-0 victory in France.
All 4 groups within the group can nonetheless undergo, after Sevilla noticed off Wolfsburg 2-0.