The fourth round of the A to D groups only gave the ‘passport’ to ‘Barça’, but FC Porto is almost there, also reaching 10 points. The ‘blues and whites’ are guaranteed one more draw, but they can even move on with the score they have already achieved.
Well run, but not so ‘safe’, they are Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, who share first place in Group A with nine points, but are still within reach of Brugge.
At Estádio do Dragão, FC Porto continued to be a team in ‘state of grace’ and thrashed Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1.
Marega watched Herrera in two minutes, and at 42, the Mexican ‘returned’ to the Malian, taking the game to a 2-0 interval. Farfán scored the Russian goal at 59, after which Porto increased the lead at 67 through Corona and at 90 + 3 by Otávio.
Also for group D, Schalke 04 fulfilled and beat Galatasaray 2-0 – Burgstaller goals in the fourth minute and Uth at 57.
FC Porto lead the group with 10 points and ‘stamp’ the qualification with a draw in the reception to Schalke O4, second with five points. With four, Galatasaray has ‘mathematical hypotheses’, while Lokomotiv, without scoring until now, only dreams of the Europa League.
With a campaign similar to the ‘dragons’, FC Barcelona leads Group B with the same total points, 10, but with the guarantee that it will be at least one of the top two.
Today, the city’s team, without Messi, who is injured, got a good draw in Milan (1-1), with goals ‘late’ in the game. Maicon made it to the Spaniards ’83rd and Icardi the Italians’ 87th.
At the same time, in London, Tottenham came back to a disadvantage and beat PSV 2-1, with Harry Kane in excellent plan.
De Jong scored for PSV in the second minute, and the Spurs were able to make it back in the second half, with Kane at the 78th and 89th, keeping his team in the race.
FC Barcelona have 10 points, Inter seven, Tottenham four and PSV only one. The big highlight is now Tottenham-Inter next matchday.
In Group A, Atletico Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0, which leaves both with nine points.
Saul, at 33, and Griezmann, at 80, scored the night’s goals on the Metropolitan Wanda.
With Soares Dias’ arbitration, Monaco had been ‘crushed’ hours earlier by the Brugge, in the middle of the principality. They were marked by the Belgians Vanaken (12 and 17, this one of penálti), Wesley (24) and Vormer (85).
After the departure of Leonardo Jardim, there are no improvements for Monaco, penultimate in the French league and now away from the Champions.
The group now have third in the Belgian lineup with four points and fourth in Monaco with one.
‘Full confusion’ in Group C after the results of this fourth round: Red Star beat Liverpool 2-0 and Naples and PSG drew 1-1.
Liverpool and Naples are with six points, PSG with five and Red Star with four – that is, all in the race for the last two rounds.
In Belgrade, the Red Star ‘cleaned’ the bad image left by the routinings in Paris and Liverpool and was forced, with the goals of Pavkov, at 22 and 29.
And in Naples the home team was brilliant to nullify the initial advance of PSG and imposed a draw to a goal. Bernat, at 45 + 2, put the Parisians ahead and Insigne, on penalties, at 62, managed to finally beat Buffon, the protagonist of a great display at the San Paolo.