A win for Benfica in Israel leaves PSG second and

A win for Benfica in Israel leaves PSG second and a possible rival for Real Madrid

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Real Madrid, leaders of their group in the Champions League, are expecting a rival in the draw that will take place next Monday (12:00, by Vamos and Movistar Champions League) at the Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The options are many and include an unexpected bomb. Like last season, the royals could meet Paris Saint-Germain again in the round of 16. The Parisians beat Juventus (1-2) in Turin, but Benfica defeated Maccabi Haifa (1-6) on their visit to finish top of their group, having equaled all possible goal averages but scoring more away goals. It was necessary to go to the sixth regular course to tie the tie.



Filip Kostic, Szczesny, Rabiot, Manuel Locatelli (Matìas Soulè Malvano, min. 85), Bonucci, Milik, Nicolo Fagioli (Tommaso Barbieri, min. 88), Alex Sandro, Cuadrado (Enzo Barrenechea, min. 87), Fabio Miretti ( Federico Chiesa, minute 73) and Federico Gatti



Marquinhos, Vitor Ferreira, Kylian Mbappe, Bernat (Nuno Mendes, min 68), Verratti (Danilo Pereira, min 88), Achraf Hakimi, Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Fabián (Renato Sanches, min 21) and Carlos Soler (Hugo Ekitike, min. 67)

Gates 0-1 min 13: Kylian Mbappe. 1-1 min. 38: Bonucci. 1-2 minutes 68: Nuno Mendes.

referee Charles of the Great Hill

Yellow cards Federico Gatti (min. 14), Milik (min. 46), Nicolo Fagioli (min. 76) and Verratti (min. 85)

Madrid can also repeat the final of the last edition of the competition if it is Liverpool’s turn, or that of the last continental Super Cup if Eintracht are lucky. There is also the possibility of a crossover with two classics from old European battles, Milan and Inter. Rounding out the spectrum of possible rivals are the ever-successful Borussia Dortmund or group-stage discovery, Brugge. The first leg of the round of 16 will be played between February 15th and 22nd. The second leg will be played between March 7th and 15th.

In addition to the Whites, the other seven group champions are playing the second home game at home. That’s Napoli, Porto, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Benfica and Bayern, the only team to have won all six games.

With all these swings, Juventus, already eliminated from the Champions League, saved their presence in the Europa League thanks to Benfica’s triumph in Haifa. The Italian box was in tow and retired for a few minutes. He started his game in Turin against Paris Saint Germain badly, with a goal by Mbappé, very intoned. But he was aiming for the equalizer against a rival who didn’t have Neymar but instead had Mbappé and Messi and four Spanish footballers, Sergio Ramos, Bernat, Fabián and Carlos Soler, as well as former Madrid academy player Achraf.

Bonucci equalized after a service from Cuadrado and made PSG more difficult. But a goal from winger Nuno Mendes seemed to relieve him. By this point Juventus already knew they could spend the day in white as Maccabi already crashed with a fall against deserved Benfica, but the Portuguese side didn’t take their foot off the gas and found a prize.

Juventus, who won one game and lost five, are the only Italian team to fail because, alongside Napoli and Inter Milan, they also survived the round of 16, which defeated Salzburg 4-0. Chelsea led the group, trailing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to Sterling and Zakaria thanks to an early Dinamo Zagreb goal.

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