AC Milan reached the Champions League knock-out stage for the primary time in 9 years on Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over Salzburg, whereas RB Leipzig additionally certified by thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk. Paris Saint-Germain would be the workforce group winners wish to keep away from in Monday’s last-16 draw after lacking out on high spot in Group H regardless of a 2-1 win at Juventus, as Benfica hammered Maccabi Haifa 6-1 to grab first place on complete away targets. Seven-time European champions Milan knew a degree can be sufficient to ship them into the final 16 for the primary time for the reason that 2013-14 season after a group-stage exit final time period.
“These sorts of nights is what we want for,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli informed Sky Sport.
“We needed to point out we improved in comparison with final season within the Champions League. We’re bold now, so let’s examine what occurs subsequent.”
Pioli’s facet eased any nerves on the San Siro inside 14 minutes as Olivier Giroud headed dwelling.
Milan’s return to the knockouts was all however confirmed lower than a minute after half-time when Giroud headed the ball throughout objective for Rade Krunic to nod previous Philipp Kohn within the Salzburg objective.
Giroud added his second earlier than the hour mark, permitting the house followers the chance to have a good time for the rest of the match and Junior Messias added additional gloss to the scoreline in added time.
Leipzig additionally solely wanted to keep away from defeat to undergo towards Ukrainians Shakhtar in Warsaw.
Shakhtar, enjoying their dwelling matches in Poland and having seen most of their overseas gamers go away as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, had shocked Leipzig 4-1 of their Group F opener.
However the Bundesliga facet had been too sturdy after Christopher Nkunku’s early strike left Shakhtar with a mountain to climb.
“I am actually pleased with the workforce. We did not begin properly on this Champions League marketing campaign, however we put in a strong efficiency at this time and are actually blissful to be by way of,” Leipzig ahead Emil Forsberg informed DAZN.
Benfica snatch first from PSG
PSG misplaced high spot in Group H regardless of Nuno Mendes’ 69th-minute winner in Turin as Benfica scored 5 targets within the second half at Maccabi.
Mendes scored solely a minute after coming off the bench, however late drama in Israel noticed PSG slip to second.
Potential last-16 opponents for the Qatari-owned membership embody 14-time champions Actual Madrid, Manchester Metropolis, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and in-form Napoli.
“It does not matter, we certified… We’ll watch the draw and we’ll play to win,” Mbappe informed RMC Sport.
Three targets in 14 minutes within the second half gave Benfica hope of matching PSG’s objective distinction and pipping them on away targets.
“As the sport progressed, we noticed that it was inside our attain,” Goncalo Ramos, who scored Benfica’s third objective, informed Eleven Sports activities.
Juventus will drop into the Europa League after ending third regardless of dropping 5 of their six group matches.
Manchester Metropolis got here from behind to spherical off their Group G marketing campaign with a 3-1 win over Sevilla on the Etihad.
Rafa Mir gave the Spaniards the lead, however 17-year-old full-back Rico Lewis fired Metropolis stage.
Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez sealed all three factors for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions, who had been nonetheless with out the injured Erling Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund had been held to a 1-1 draw by FC Copenhagen.
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