Too powerful, too easy, defending champion Manchester City qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 11th consecutive season, even before the last two group matches, on Tuesday by outclassing Young Boys 3-0 Bern, eliminated.
At home, the European champions made short work of the Swiss, whose nickname (“young boys”) took on a particular resonance in the face of the English steamroller, pulled by its goal machine Erling Haaland. Berne returned to the locker room at half-time with two goals behind, zero shots against eight for their opponent, but with the jersey of the Norwegian giant, which captain Mohamed Camara requested, and obtained, in full view of all.
The City center forward, second in the 2023 Ballon d'Or rankings, was announced as doubtful after going out on Saturday against Bournemouth (6-1), suffering from a twisted ankle. But he ran like hell, opened spaces and scored, his favorite hobby. The first was not the most complicated to score, a penalty scored with a perfectly executed counter-foot (23rd, 1-0). The second offered a wider range, from the step back to get the ball to the missile sent, from the left, from outside the area (51st, 3-0).
Author of a double and an assist, Antoine Griezmann allowed Atlético Madrid to take the lead in Group E by correcting Celtic Glasgow (6-0) Tuesday at the Metropolitano during the fourth day of the Champions League . The 2018 world champion gave his team a perfect start by opening the scoring with a cross shot from the left from 16 meters after a blocked cross from Riquelme (6th, 1-0).
He subsequently allowed the Colchoneros to take cover by depositing a cross of more than 35 meters on the head of Gimenez, who saved for Morata, the Spaniard throwing himself to score from close range (47th, 2- 0). “Grizou” completed his masterpiece of the evening by offering himself a double with a superb acrobatic recovery (60th, 3-0) before leaving to the applause of the Metropolitano. Diego Simeone's men scored three more goals by Lino (66th), Morata (76th) and Saul Niguez (85th) to bring the score to 6-0, facing the Scots reduced to 10 since the 23rd minute.
RB Leipzig won Tuesday evening in Belgrade against Red Star 2-1, and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League on the 4th day of the group stage.
With nine points on the clock, Marco Rose's men occupy second place in their group behind Manchester City (12). They are eight points ahead of Young Boys Bern (1) and Belgrade (1) and are guaranteed to finish in one of the first two places in their group. Semi-finalist of the Champions League in 2020 (beaten by Paris SG in Lisbon during the unprecedented Final 8), Leipzig is playing its sixth Champions League in its young history (club founded in 2009 and promoted to the first division in 2016 ) and advances to the knockout phase for the fourth time.
In the other matches of the evening, Lazio Rome beat the Dutch Feyenoord (1-0) while Porto easily got rid of Royal Antwerp (2-0).