We have reached the end of the group stages of this seasons Champions League. We now who are the last sixteen teams that will be competing for a place in the final. That final will be play at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, the home of both AC Milan and Internazionale. And will take place on Saturday 28 May 2016. Who are the remaining sixteen teams in with a chance of being in Milan for the final.
Let’s take a look at how Groups A to D played out over the six group games.
Group consisted of Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo. As expected both Real Madrid and PSG strolled through this group. With them both beaten both Shakhtar and Malmo both home away. The crunch games in the group came these two giants came up against each other to decide who top the group and who would have to settle for second place.
The first encounter came in Paris at Parc Des Princes and ended in a 0-0 draw. This encounter saw PSG’s latest addition Angel Di Maria coming against his old side for the first time since leaving them for Manchester United. The return in Madrid saw Real come out on top. Winning the game 1-0, thanks to goal from substitute Nacho, only minutes after replacing the injured Marcelo. That goal ensure Real Madrid would top the group.
Group B was one of the tightest groups in this years competition with VFL Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven eventually edging out Manchester United for the top two qualifying spots. After the first four games it looked like United were certain to qualify for the last sixteen as they sat top of the group on seven points going into a home game against PSV.
Matchday five saw Wolfsburg travel to Moscow and beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 to move above United as they played before the Red Devils. United though knew a win over the Dutch Champions PSV would seal their place in the next round. They failed to break down the PSV defence though and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Meaning they needed to beat Wolfsburg in Germany on matchday six.
Anthony Martial gave United an early lead but they couldn’t hold on before being pegged back and going behind before half-time. Wolfsburg eventually winning the game 3-2 to top the group. With PSV finishing second and United relegated to the Europa League.
Group C saw Atletico Madrid coming out on top, with Benfica finishing second. The two remaining teams Galatasaray and Astana were left to fight it out for third and fourth place in this group. Atletico topped the group on 13 points after 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. Their only defeat coming in against Benfica in Madrid.
Atletico avenged that defeat in the return game in Portugal by the same scoreline in the final round of group games. That victory ensured Diego Simeone’s finished top of the group, three points ahead of Benfica. Galatasaray finished third in the group an drop into the Europa League. They confirmed their third place finish with a 1-1 draw against Astana in their final group game.
Group D saw last year’s finalist Juventus drawn with Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach. The opening round of matches saw Juventus visiting Manchester to face City. With the Italian champions coming out on top. Winning the game 2-1 after falling behind to an OG by Italian defender Chiellini.
Manchester City bounced back from that opening day defeat with victories in Germany against Monchengladbach before back-to-back victories over Sevilla that confirmed their spot in the last sixteen. Matchday five saw Juventus once defeating City, this time in Turin. That victory meant the results in the final group games would decide whether City or Juventus would top the group.
City’s 4-2 victory over Monchengladbach and Juventus defeat to Sevilla, meant that City would go through as group winners and avoid some of the big boys in the next round. Sevilla victory over Juventus meant that they finished third in the group and a place in the Europa League. A competition they have won for the past two seasons.