Champions League – Matchday 5 Roundup

The fifth round of the Champions League group stage concluded and La Liga fans don’t have a lot to be happy about. While some groups have clear winners and losers, there is still a lot to play for in the last round!

Group A


Possibly the most simple group of the UCL this season, things are looking clear in Group A. Napoli beat Rangers and Liverpool managed to down Ajax in Amsterdam as well. The Italian side, first in Serie A as well, now has 15 points and unless they lose by more than 3 goals against Liverpool next week, they are going to finish first. Ajax will battle it out with Rangers for the Europa League place, but Rangers are looking like one of the worst sides in this year’s Champions League.

Group B

26/10/22Atlético Madrid2Bayer 04 Leverkusen2
26/10/22Club Brugge0FC Porto4

Atletico Madrid is out of the UCL, they will most likely continue their journey in the Europa League. After Porto beat Club Brugge, the Spanish side needed to win against Leverkusen, but Xabi Alonso’s side managed to walk home with a draw, after Diego Simeone’s team missed a last minute penalty. Porto vs Atletico in the last round, one battles for the first place in the group, the other for Europa League.

Group C

26/10/22Barcelona0Bayern München3
26/10/22Inter4Viktoria Plzeň0

Another Spanish team out of the Champions League, this time it’s Xavi’s FC Barcelona. They needed Inter not to win against Viktoria Plzen and them to beat Bayern Munchen, but none of this happened. In the first match of the group, Inter comfortably beat Viktoria Plzen, as predicted. Barca, with their morale crushed didn’t manage to put up a fight against Bayern and the Bavarians won the match, 3-0.

Group D

26/10/22Tottenham Hotspur1Sporting CP1
26/10/22Eintracht Frankfurt2Olympique de Marseille1

Group D just keeps on delivering. We have one more round and all 4 teams can still qualify! Tottenham looked to have sealed the deal, after Harry Kane scored a last minute winner versus Sporting, only for VAR to take it away. In the other match of the round, Eintracht beat OM to add to the brilliant set of results managed by Bundesliga teams. Marseille versus Tottenham at the Velodrome and Sporting versus Frankfurt at Jose Alvalade in the last round. All to fight for!

Group E

25/10/22Red Bull Salzburg1Chelsea2
25/10/22GNK Dinamo Zagreb0Milan4

Even though AC Milan are not out of the woods just yet, a sense of normality came back to Group E, after a rocky start for the giants. Potter’s Chelsea beat Red Bull Salzburg, after the Austrian side failed to find the info they wanted on Google. AC Milan made easy work of Dinamo Zagreb, to keep their chances of qualifying alive. Milan – Salzburg in the last round, winners gets to go to the round of 16. A draw favors Milan.

Group F

25/10/22RB Leipzig3Real Madrid2
25/10/22Celtic1Shakhtar Donetsk1

Real Madrid lost their first match of the season, as RB Leipzig beat them 3-2 in Germany. Marco Rose’s team played a very good match, with Nkunku, Gvardiol and Simakan being the stars of the show and Timo Werner sealing the victory. Still, Real Madrid are favorites for the first place of the group, they need a win against Celtic at the Santiago Bernabeu to guarentee the spot. In the other match of the group, Celtic and Shakhtar cancelled each other out, the match ended 1-1.

Group G

25/10/22Borussia Dortmund0Manchester City0
25/10/22Sevilla3FC København0

Thanks to a penalty miss from Mahrez, Dortmund got a point from their match against Manchester City, however Group G has a clear winner and it’s Pep Guardiola’s side. Haaland was subbed off early, in a new injury scare. The match ended 0-0, which puts City on 11 points. In the other match of the Sevilla beat Kobenhavn 3-0. Things are clear, Dortmund are 2nd, Sevilla are going to the Europa League.

Group H

25/10/22Paris Saint-Germain7Maccabi Haifa2
25/10/22SL Benfica4Juventus3

There are a bit more questions in Group H, as both PSG and Benfica have chances of finishing 1st. PSG demolished Maccabi to bolster their goal difference, Messi was the Man of the Match. Benfica had a 4-1 lead at one time and while Juventus did manage to make things prettier, Allegri’s man eventually lost the game, 4-3 to the Portuguese side. Unless Juve can surprise PSG in the last round, or Maccabi suffers a huge blowout versus Benfica, PSG are going to end up first.