Champions League: Lyon Still Alive, Lille Eliminated

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Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé disappointed after a goal from Zenit in the Champions League, November 27, 2019 in St. Petersburg.

The LOSC has been permanently extinguished on its turf by Ajax Amsterdam, and despite his defeat in Russia, Lyon can still believe because of the draw of RB Leipzig against Benfica.

FC Barcelona, guided as often by Lionel Messi, secured his qualification for the 8th in the Champions League by dominating Dortmund (3-1), unlike Lyon , who remains in the race despite his 2-0 defeat on the lawn of Zenit St. Petersburg.

Group F: Barcelona tames Dortmund

Almost perfect evening for FC Barcelona: its 3-1 demonstration against the Ruhr club gives the Catalans their ticket for the 8th at the same time as the 1st place of the group F.

Messi, scorer and twice smuggler, avoids his team a decisive match for the qualifier in San Siro against Inter, winner 4-1 of Slavia Prague.

Barça side, it was first of the classic: Messi for Suarez then Luis for Leo. Then the rarest, when Messi served Griezmann. The first goal with the Blaugranas for nearly 6 weeks for the French world champion, came into play in the first period after an injury to Ousmane Dembele, the only shadow in the Catalan side.

Despite the reduction of the gap by a beautiful sequence of Jadon Sancho, it will undoubtedly be the defeat too much for Lucien Favre to whom his president sent Sunday an ultimatum.



Especially since the qualification of the Schwarz-Gelben is in danger: a victory of Inter against the Catalans, eject them in Europa League.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi (d) still impressive against Dortmund in the Champions League on 27 November 2019 at Camp Nou Barcelona.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi (d) still impressive against Dortmund in the Champions League on 27 November 2019 at Camp Nou Barcelona. (© AFP / PAU BARRENA)

Group G: Lyon still alive

The loss of OL 2-0 in Russia seems less unfortunate late in the evening than the final whistle in St. Petersburg.


The draw of RB Leipzig against Benfica (2-2), eliminated, maintains the chances of qualifying players of Rudi Garcia. Even if they will have to get a result in OL Park against the young guard of Julian Nagelsmann.

The good news for the Lyonnais is that it is already qualified for the 8th after having ripped its qualification thanks to a doubling of Emil Forsberg in overtime (90th and 90th + 6).

If these three teams were to finish with 10 points each, Lyon would join the RB in 8th in the game of the particular confrontations and would even offer the 1st place.

Group E: Liverpool bust on Naples

Held in defeat by Napoli (1-1), the reigning European champions will have to go for their qualification in Salzburg, victorious from Genk (4-1).

The equalizer of the head of Dejan Lovren on corner (65th) allows them to still seriously consider the 1st place, synonymous with draw more lenient.

But the trip to Austria looks tricky for the men of Jürgen Klopp: certainly a draw will be enough to qualify but a defeat of a goal only could be fatal after their narrow victory 4-3 to Anfield in the first leg.

To see the 8th, unlike last season, Naples, who opened the scoring against the Reds with a cross shot by Dries Mertens launched in the depth, will have to win the San Paolo against Genk, sentenced in the last place.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah against Naples in the Champions League on November 27, 2019 in Liverpool.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah against Naples in the Champions League on November 27, 2019 in Liverpool. (© AFP / Oli SCARFF)

Group H: Chelsea on a good track

Chelsea are not yet in the 8th but a win against Lille, last in group H and already eliminated, will be enough for the Blues to qualify on the last day after their draw on the field of Valencia 2-2.

The case is complicated for the Spaniards who, in this case, will win on the field of Ajax Amsterdam winner Wednesday in Lille (2-0).

More pragmatic, the Frank Lampard Blues have long believed to be successful in Mestalla, synonymous with qualifying, with goals from Kovacic – his first with the Blues – and Pulisic.

But Daniel Wass equalized for Valencia at the end of the match of a center-shot that lobbed Kepa Arrizabalaga.

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