But this group was called the death pit!
And why not? The group that includes seven-time Champions League winners AC Milan, six-time winners Liverpool, Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and Porto is a death knell. But the fear of death did not win the Liverpool of Jurgen Klopp! They have won each of the six matches in the group stage. The last of which came a while ago, they lost to Milan 2-1 in San Siro. Goals were scored by Mohammad Salah and Divak Origi. Fikaio Tomori scored for Milan.
Milan took the lead in the 29th minute of the match. To advance to the next round, they would have to beat Milan in their own match today, along with the result of the Porto v Atletico match. Neither of them happened. Mohammed Salah explained to Milan in the 36th minute that they were not winning their match. The Egyptian forward scored 20 goals in all competitions. There is no one in Europe this season other than Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.
Tomori went from hero to villain in 55 minutes. Defensive midfielder Frank Casey exchanged the ball with his own half and lost the ball to Sadio Mann. Milan’s French goalkeeper Mike Mainian was unable to block the head of Divak Origi, who was standing in front, even though a quality shot was blocked from there. Later the match ended in this scoreline. Atletico, meanwhile, beat Porto 3-1 to confirm they are the second team in the group to advance to the next round. Atoo Griezmann, Anhel Correa and Rodrigo de Paul scored for Atletico.
Real Madrid beat Inter 2-0 in their own match to secure the top spot in the group and advance to the next round. Goals were scored by German midfielder Tony Cruz and Spanish winger Marco Asensio. Inter is not a problem even after losing the match, they have advanced to the next round from this group as the second team.
Meanwhile, Dortmund lost to Besiktas 5-0. Although they have equal points with Sporting Lisbon, they have gone to the Europa League with a goal difference. Earling Harland and Marco Royce scored two goals each, with Daniel Maln scoring the rest.
Ajax advanced to the next round after beating Sporting Lisbon 4-2 to become the top team in the group. Goals were scored by Sebastian Aller, Anthony Silva, Steven Berguis and David Neres. Bruno Tabata and Nuno Santos scored two goals for Sporting.