Champions League Matchday Five: Wins for All Four English Clubs While Ajax and Bayern Munich Remain Unbeaten
Michael Carrick Steers Manchester United to Important Victory
Michael Carrick’s first game in charge of the Red Devils ended with victory over Villareal in this Champions League matchday five fixture.
Despite a goalless first half in which David De Gea kept the hosts at bay, second half strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho secured qualification to the knockout stages of the competition.
Villareal sit in second spot, one point above Atalanta who they face on matchday six.
Blues Cruise Past Juventus
Juventus saw their four-game winning run in the Champions League come to an abrupt end with a 4-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
On his first start in the competition, Trevor Chalobah opened the scoring midway through the first half. Reece James added a second ten minutes into the second half with a sweet strike before Callum Hudson-Odoi added a third just three minutes later. Timo Wener netted a fourth in stoppage time to round off an impressive display.
Both clubs had already reached the knockout stages of the competition but the win moves Chelsea above the Old Lady on goal difference.
Champions League Matchday Five: All Four Teams Can Still Progress to Last 16 in Group G
The Champions League Group G will do down to the final matchday to see who will progress to the knockout stages of the competition, with just three points separating all four sides.
Wins for Lille and Sevilla on matchday five have turned the group on its head with the French club leading the way on eight points, moving above their opponents RB Salzburg who sit on seven. Sevilla’s victory lifts them off the bottom and onto six points with Wolfsburg fourth on five.
Leaders Lille face the German club on Matchday six with Salzburg and Sevilla also meeting in Austria.
City Dominate Against Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester City dominated their Champions League matchday five match against PSG but only edged the match in terms of the 2-1 scoreline.
The hosts controlled large spells of the first half but fell behind just five minutes after the break when Kylian Mbappe struck through Ederson’s legs.
However, strikes from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus completed the comeback and earned the Citizens a deserved win and secure top spot in Group A.
Five Wins From Five for Ajax, Bayern Munich and Liverpool
Ajax continued their impressive Champions League run with a win over bottom club, Besiktas. However, the Dutch outfit had to work hard for the three points in Turkey with Sebastian Haller scoring two second-half goals (to take his tally to nine goals from five games) after conceding the opener after 22 minutes.
As a result, Ajax remain top with 15 points and five wins from five while Besiktas remain pointless in Group C.
It was a similar story for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich who also won 2-1 on the road to keep their 100 per cent record intact.
The Bavarians opened the scoring through Robert Lewandowski before Kingsley Coman added a second before the break.
Dynamo Kyiv reduced the deficit after the restart but the Ukrainian club remain winless and bottom of Group E with just one point.
Finally, Liverpool became the third side to remain unbeaten, winning all five games as they edged past Porto at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had to wait until the second half to make the breakthrough from Thiago before Mohamed Salah netted his 17th goal of the season to double the lead.
With AC Milan beating Atletico Madrid in Spain, it means that either of those two sides and Porto, who sit one point above, can still qualify for the next round.