6 December, 2012 - 14:15

Champions League Matchday 6 Results: Wednesday Matches

Champions League Matchday 6 Results: Wednesday Matches

The final matches of the UEFA Champions’ League Group Stage were played on Wednesday. To a large extent the results of the Matchday 6 have not changed the final standings in the majority of the groups.

Group E
Wednesday, December 5

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Juventus

Chelsea 6-1 FC Nordsjælland

Juventus won a hard fought 1-0 game over Shakhtar and finished top of the Champions’ League Group E. Despite the fact that La Vecchia Signora needed just a draw to guarantee themselves the second spot in the table, the Italian side was determined to avoid surprises and strived for the victory. However it was Oleg Kucher’s own goal in the 56 minute that gave Juventus the much-needed win.

Chelsea became the first title-holders failing to qualify for the knockout stage, despite a 6-1 demolition of Nordsjælland. Rafa Benitez tried to make the best of the result and revealed that The Blues intend to win the Europa League this season.

Juventus won the group, Shakhtar made it through from the second place while Chelsea secured the third spot and progressed to the Europa League.

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Group F
Wednesday, December 5

Bayern Munich 4-1 BATE Borisov

Lille OSC 0-1 Valencia CF

Ten-men German side thrashed 4-1 BATE Borisov to guarantee their progression to the knockout stage as group-winners. Bayern Munich enjoyed their sweet revenge against the Belarusian club despite the dismissal of Jerome Boateng in the 50th minute of the game. Gomez, Müller, Shaqiri, and Alaba got their names on the scoresheet. BATE knew they finish third and would play in Europa League before their last match of the Group Stage.

Valencia CF secured 1-0 victory against the big underdogs Lille OSC to try and jump to the first place. Bayern and Valencia shared the even number of points but Bayern won the group due to the head-to-head superiority.

Bayern Munich finished top of the group, Valencia took the second while BATE remained in the third Europa League spot.

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Group G
Wednesday, December 5

FC Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

Celtic 2-1 Spartak Moscow

Regardless the media predictions that Celtic will finish at the bottom of the group, the Glasgow side prove everybody wrong and beat 2-1 Spartak Moscow to progress to the last-16. Spartak may be disappointed with Felix Brych’s decision to award a controversial penalty in the dying stages of the game. However it would be hard to argue that the Glasgow side has deserved the place among the 16 strongest teams of Europe this season.

Benfica failed to make the chances pay and drew 0-0 their last game of the Group Stage with Barcelona. This result along with the win of Celtic meant the Portugese side remains in the third spot. The encounter was marred by the injury of Leo Messi which may hinder him to surpass Gerd Müller’s record (the German has scored 85 goals in a calendar year while Messi netted 84).

FC Barcelona cemented the top stop, Celtic claimed the second place, Benfica set their sights on the Europa League title.

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Group H
Wednesday, December 5

Manchester United 0-1CFR 1907 Cluj

Sporting Braga 1-2 Galatasaray

Cluj secured astonishing 0-1 win over the mighty Red Devils. The win is a remarkable result for the Romanian club even though Sir Alex Ferguson rested 10 of his 11 first-team players. However the win 1-2 of Galatasaray over Braga meant their efforts were not enough. The Turkish side progressed to the last-16 due to the better head-to-head record.

Man Utd qualified as group winners, Galatasaray finished at the second place while Cluj made it through to the Europa League.

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Photo: Sportinglife.com

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Author: Basil Naumov

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