Champions League, Juventus eliminated, Milan dominate in Zagreb

From the beginning, the Juventus evening promises to be anything but calm, with a cross by Joao Mario first and a shot by Rafa Silva then dangerous: at 17 ‘Antonio Silva unlocks the challenge with his head, anticipating Gatti, but there is reaction in the bianconeri and Vlahovic resolves a scrum a few minutes later. At 27 ‘Joao Mario, already scoring at the Stadium, transforms the penalty granted by Cuadrado’s handball and then develops with Rafa Silva, who scores the 3-1 heel, the marking that allows the Eagles of Lisbon to take off . The touch under Rafa Silva himself closes the score in the 50th minute and photographs the difficulties revealed by Juventus in the group, where they lost four out of five matches. In the final shot of Milik and the flicker of McKennie, powered by Iling-Junior, the distance the distances and the pole denies the hat-trick to Rafa Silva.

On Wednesday 2nd, the bianconeri will host PSG, which annihilated Maccabi Haifa 7-2: Benfica are also qualified, Juventus and Maccabi compete for access to the Europa League.

Standings: PSG and Benfica 11, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa 3.

BENFICA 4-3 JUVENTUS

BENFICA (4-2-3-1) – Vlachodimos; Bah (82 ‘Gilberto), Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Florentino, Fernandez; Rafa Silva (87 ‘Muse), Joao Mario (94’ Chiquinho), Aursnes; Gonçalo Ramos (87 ‘Neres). Coach: Schmidt.

JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci (60 ‘Alex Sandro), Gatti; Cuadrado (60 ‘Miretti), McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic (70’ Iling-Junior); Kean (46 ‘Milik), Vlahovic (70’ Soulé). All. Merry.

GOALS: 17 ‘Antonio Silva, 21’ Kean, 28 ‘Joao Mario (R.), 35’ Rafa Silva, 50 ‘Rafa Silva, 77’ Milik, 79 ‘McKennie.

WARNINGS: Danilo, Fernandez

REFEREE: Jovanovic (SRB)

The whole trend in Zagreb for AC Milan, who took their first away win in the group and hoisted themselves into second place, taking advantage of Chelsea’s success in Salzburg: the game is quite blocked in the opening stages, with Kjaer opposing a starts at the shot of Peric and Gabbia that stops on the line on the other the conclusion of Moharrami. Ivanusec warms up the gloves to Tatarusanu, then Milan carbura, even if Rebic cincischia in the small area and the Croatian goalkeeper foils Giroud’s header: in the 40 ‘Gabbia, in the second presence in the Champions League, heads the Tonali free-kick and Milan take the lead in the locker room. At the start of the second half, the boys from Pioli complete the work with Leao, author of a winning gallop, and Giroud, as usual glacial from 11 meters: it is 60 ‘and only Ljubicic’s clumsy own goal, among multiple opportunities from the net (sensational those for Giroud, Krunic and Rebic, proud those with which Ivanusec and Orsic seek the point of the flag), changes the scoreboard.

In eight days, after having conquered Maksimir unclimbed for 31 games, Milan will be able to obtain the qualification by beating (or drawing) the Salzburg, Chelsea by now sure of the primacy.

Standings: Chelsea 11, Milan 7, Salzburg 6, Dinamo Zagreb 4.

DYNAMO ZAGREB-MILAN 0-4

DYNAMO ZAGREB (3-5-2): Livaković; Ristovski (59 ‘Spikic), Šutalo, Perić; Moharrami, Ivanušec, Mišić (76 ‘Bulat), Ademi (59’ Baturina), Ljubičić; Oršić (76 ‘Bockaj); Petkovic (59 ‘Drmic). All. Ciaci.

MILAN (4-2-3-1): Tătărușanu; Kalulu, Gabbia, Kjær, Theo Hernández (71 ‘Ballo-Touré); Bennacer (71 ‘Pobega), Tonali; Rebić, De Ketelaere (51 ‘Krunic), Leão (71’ Messias); Giroud (81 ‘Origi). All. Pegs.

Referee: Szymon Marciniak.

Goals: 39 ‘Gabbia (M), 50’ Leao (M), 59 ‘Giroud. (M), 69 ‘Ljubicic aut. (D).

Bookings: Ademi (D), De Ketelaere (M)

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