Arsenal are so far the only English team to have advanced into the knockout stages of the Champions League 2014, as Liverpool couldn’t finish in the top 2 positions of their table. Granted, Liverpool did have the Spanish giants Real Madrid in their group, but throughout the whole tournament so far, the Reds haven’t played well and finished behind Madrid and FC Basel. Brendan Rogers’ team needed a victory against Basel last night in order to advance, but could only settle for a 1-1 draw at Anfield, ending Liverpool’s Champions League dream.
Last night was more of a fight for top spot in Group D as both Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. Yet, even though Arsenal knew they were through no matter the result, they still performed at a world-class level. Whilst away at Galatasaray, 2 Lukas Podolski goals and 2 Aaron Ramsey goals, one of which was a sensational half-volley with his weaker foot from 30 yards out, gave the Gunners an impressive 4-1 victory. Yet, Borussia Dortmund earned a point against Anderlecht, giving them the top spot in the group on goal difference.
Tonight, Chelsea and Manchester City will be the remaining English teams playing in the Champions League, with one of them fighting for a place in the knockout stages. Chelsea have already guaranteed themselves top spot in their Group G as they are 4 points ahead of second place and their opposition tonight, Sporting Lisbon. Manchester City have the toughest fight of them all as they are bottom of their Group and need a win against Roma, in addition to needing Bayern Munich to defeat CSKA Moscow. If City fails to win or if CSKA Moscow defeat or draw to Bayern Munich, Manchester City will not advance. Arsenal have advanced, but will Manchester City?
Author Daniel Foster.
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