Bayern Munich played to a goalless draw against Copenhagen, contributing to one of two games without any goals on a night where the remaining six games provided a total of 31 goals.
Real Sociedad faced a goalless draw against Salzburg, setting up an essential final match against Inter Milan at San Siro. Both Sociedad and Inter had already secured their spots in the next stage earlier.
In another game, Inter showcased a second-half comeback, ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Benfica, who had earned a three-goal lead in the first half through João Mario’s hat trick against his former club.
Braga managed a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin and still holds a chance to progress by winning against Napoli on December 12.
Jude Bellingham once again shined for Real Madrid, showcasing consistent excellence this season. He scored Madrid’s second goal against Napoli, tallying four goals in four Champions League games for his new club. Additionally, he provided an assist for Joselu in stoppage time.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised Bellingham’s talent, labeling him a significant asset to football, not just the club. Bellingham’s impressive performance includes 15 goals in his initial 16 matches with Madrid, donning the iconic No. 5 shirt once worn by the legendary Zinedine Zidane.
Andre Onana’s recent goalkeeping errors proved costly for Manchester United in their matches against Bayern and Galatasaray. His positional play and handling were questioned, especially during Hakim Ziyech’s two goals from free kicks.
Coach Ten Hag, who previously coached Onana at Ajax, emphasized collective responsibility in victories and defeats, refusing to blame individuals. Despite Onana’s errors, Ten Hag reiterated the importance of teamwork in football.
Quest for Third Place
Securing third place in the Champions League ensures continued European games into the new year, albeit in the Europa League, the second-tier tournament.
Teams finishing third in their groups enter the knockout playoff round against runners-up from Europa League groups. These matchups will be drawn on December 18. Manchester United might secure third place, even with a win against Bayern, while Copenhagen hosts Galatasaray.
Salzburg only needs a draw against Benfica to clinch third place in Group D.
Sevilla, the reigning Europa League champions, could climb from the bottom of Group B by winning against Lens on December 12, aiming to get back into a competition they’ve won seven times in the last 18 seasons. Additionally, winning the Europa League guarantees a spot back in the Champions League for the following season.