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Champions League wrap: Messi, Mertens star in wins

Netherlands Soccer Champions League

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi shoots on goal past PSV’s Hirving Lozano, left, and PSV’s Daniel Schwaab, right, during a Group B Champions League soccer match between PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)


Four spots remain in the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 following Wednesday’s group stage action.

Who’s qualified for the knockout rounds? Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto, Real Madrid, Roma, and Schalke are moving into the new year.

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#UCL groups where teams can still make it heading into their final games

Group B: Spurs or Inter❓
Group C: Liverpool, PSG, Napoli❓
Group F: Lyon or Shakhtar❓

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) November 28, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Inter Milan -- RECAP

Christian Eriksen’s late finish of a fine team goal gave Tottenham Hotspur hope of the knockout rounds.

PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi had a goal and sent in the ball that Gerard Pique sent home for Barca’s second goal in a win which seals Group B.

Group A
Atlético Madrid54019633-0-01-0-112
Borussia Dortmund53118262-1-01-0-110
Club Brugge51226510-1-11-1-15

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Club Brugge

American youngsters Christian Pulisic and Ethan Horvath faced off at the Westfalenstadion, with the Club Brugge goalkeeper making a few stops on Borussia Dortmund’s young star. Okay, so there’s a bit more to this one than that, but given the lack of goals, it’s what sat atop our minds. BVB moves onto the knockout rounds with the point.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 AS Monaco

Thierry Henry’s side went behind before the clock hit 2:00, and Monaco has officially been eliminated from European competition regardless of what happens at home to Dortmund on Dec. 11.

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur521289-12-0-10-1-17
Inter Milan521256-11-1-01-0-27
PSV Eindhoven5014512-70-1-20-0-21

Napoli 3-1 Red Star Belgrade

Marek Hamsik scored early and Dries Mertens added two before halftime as Napoli cruised into pole position in Group C. A draw, scoring 1-goal loss, or better against Liverpool will be enough for a knockout round berth (a PSG loss also helps).

PSG 2-1 Liverpool -- RECAP

The Reds conceded twice early and only put one shot on target, a penalty kick, as Neymar’s had a fine day at the Parc des Princes.

Group C
Paris SG522113852-1-00-1-18
Red Star Belgrade5113413-91-1-00-0-34

Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 Galatasaray

Vladislav Ignatyev’s 54th minute marker joined a late first half own goal in giving Lokomotiv its first win of the group stage.

Porto 3-1 Schalke

Both sides are moving on, but Schalke’s late Nabil Bentaleb penalty wasn’t enough to drag the Bundesliga side back into the match. USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie did not play for Schalke.

Group D
FC Porto541012483-0-01-1-013
FC Schalke 0452215411-1-01-1-18
Lokomotiv Moscow5104411-71-0-20-0-23

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