Matches in the four groups of the Champions League will be held on Tuesday as part of the fifth round. Turkish “Besiktas”, Portuguese “Porto”, Spanish “Real” and Ukrainian “Shakhtar” can guarantee ahead of themselves an exit in the 1/8 finals.
In group F English “Manchester City” won four wins and already went to the playoffs, the second ticket disputed “Shakhtar” and the leader of the championship of Italy “Napoli”, which on Tuesday meet each other in Naples. Neapolitans lag behind competitors by six points, and a draw or defeat with a score of 2: 3, 3: 4 , etc., guarantees Shakhtar the second place in the 1/8 finals.
On Friday, Shakhtar in the home match in the Ukrainian championship with a score of 1: 2 lost in Kharkov “Alexandria”. Paulo Fonseca released the main line-up, but in the first half the opponent caught the leader of the Ukrainian championship twice on counterattacks. In Naples, already Shakhtar will defend, given that Napoli shows a bright attacking football and the team needs only a confident victory. In the last match of the Italian championship, the Neapolitans defeated Milan 2-1 in their field and lost only four points in 13 matches of the championship.
If in the championship of Italy, “Napoli” does not lose a profit, then in the Champions League the team of Maurizio Sarri lost three times already, including Shakhtar in Kharkov (1: 2). To count on the second place in the group, “Napoli” must win “Shakhtar”, as well as “Feyenoord” from the Netherlands on December 6 and expect that Shakhtar will concede in Kharkov to Manchester City in the final match.
The match at the Neapolitan stadium “San Paolo” will begin at 22:45 Moscow time. At the same time, “Manchester City” and “Feyenoord” start, which is three points behind Napoli and retains the chances of third place and a ticket to the 1/16 finals of the Europa League.
“Besiktas” and “Porto” can solve everything
In group G the first match of Tuesday will start at 20:00 Moscow time – Turkish “Besiktas” (10 points) meets with Portuguese “Porto” (6). The home team even guarantees a draw in the playoffs, the victory of Porto can bring both clubs to the playoffs – but depending on the outcome of the second meeting of the group, where they will play Monaco (2) and German Leipzig (4). If Leipzig fails to win, Besiktas will go into the playoffs, while Porto will get that right in case of a victory.
The defeat of the Portuguese club at the Istanbul arena Besiktas Park will postpone the distribution of the second tour until the final round on December 6, when Porto will take Monaco and Leipzig Besiktas. Preserves hopes for the playoffs of the Champions League and last season’s semifinalist “Monaco”, which must be defeated and wait for the defeat of the Portuguese club.
In group H Madrid “Real” (7 points) will play in the away match with Cyprus APOEL (2) and even in case of a draw, he can guarantee himself an exit in the playoffs – if in a parallel match Dortmund “Borussia” (2) can not beat already guaranteed himself a ticket to the playoff English “Tottenham” (10). The Londoners retained the tournament motivation – the victory in Dortmund guarantees them the first place in the group and the advantages at the draw of the 1/8 finals.
“Real” continues to lose points in the championship of Spain, on Saturday the club played a draw (0: 0) in the Madrid derby with “Atletico”. From the leading “Barcelona”, “Real” is behind by 10 points, while the team does not perform well in the Champions League, although it is not to miss the place in the 1/8 finals.
On Tuesday, also matches will be played in Group E, where the Russian champion Spartak and the Slovenian Maribor will play, as well as the Spanish Sevilla and the English Liverpool. Matches in four groups will take place on Wednesday.
They already guaranteed their way to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, in addition to the English clubs Manchester City and Tottenham, the French Paris Saint-Germain, the German Bayern Munich and the Spanish Barcelona.