Koni De Winter makes debut with Juventus, Vranckx back to Wolfsburg

Tuesday evening, several Belgians were in action as part of the 5th day of the group stage of the Football Champions League. Vertonghen and Benfica fought off Barca at Camp Nou in order to stay in the race for qualification.

In Group E, Barça and Benfica could not decide between themselves and parted with a draw, 0-0. Jan Vertonghen started on the Lisbon side and played the whole game.

Bayern claimed a narrow victory, 1-2, at Dynamo Kiev. The goals were scored by Lewandowski (14th), his 82nd goal in 101 Champions League games, and Coman (42nd) for Bayern, then by Garmash (70th) who scored the Ukrainians’ first goal in this competition.

In the standings, Bayern Munich secured 1st place with their perfect record of 15 out of 15. Barça, 2nd with 7 points, is not immune and remains under threat from Benfica, 3rd to two. lengths. Dynamo Kiev is definitively eliminated, condemned to 4th place with a point.

In Group G, Lille won 1-0 against Salzburg in a decisive match in the race for qualification. The only goal of the meeting was scored by Jonathan David (31st), the former Ghent. Amadou Onana, on the bench at the start of the game, climbed instead of Burak Yilmaz in the 70th minute. In the other meeting of the group, Sevilla disposed of Wolfsburg on the score of 2 goals to 0. At the start of the meeting, Jordan opened the scoring for Sevilla (13th), while Mir doubled the stake in the last moments ( 90th + 7). While Koen Casteels was absent, positive for Covid-19, Vranckx was the only Belgian holder for the Wolves. He was replaced by Lukebakio in the 75th minute, while Bornauw remained seated on the bench. Everything will be decided on the last day of the group stage. Lille, in the lead, has 8 points one more than Salzburg (7). Sevilla (6) and Wolfsburg (5) can still qualify.

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In Group H, Chelsea crushed Juventus, 4-0. With Romelu Lukaku back on the bench of the Blues, the statistics sheet was blackened by Chalobah (25th), James (56th), Hudson-Odoi (58th) and Werner (90th + 5) after a real demonstartion of strength. Koni De Winter played his first minutes in the bianconero jersey, stepping into the game in the 80th minute instead of Cuadrado. The trophy holders advanced to the round of 16 and took the lead of the group before the final matchday tied on point with Juve who conceded their first defeat in the competition.

Malmö and Zenit St. Petersburg drew 1-1 in the other group match H. Rieks scored Malmö’s first goal in this C1 (28th), before Dzyuba missed a penalty for Zenit (52nd). Reduced to ten after the exclusion of Chistyakov (86th), the Russians came back in added time thanks to a penalty goal from Rakitsky (90th + 2). Zenit, 3rd, are qualified for the Europa League since they are 3 points ahead of Malmö, last with only one unit, the first won on Tuesday.