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Champions League News: Get To Know The Hottest Teams!

UEFA Champions League group fixtures are at the final stage. Some have it easy, some have it tough, some have nothing at all.

The first day fixtures of the final group stage matches were nothing shy of an entertainer. Matter of fact, teams like Barcelona and Arsenal didn’t throw away an opportunity to run riots, too. The Champions League will see an end to the group stage after the second day fixtures. Rest is business as usual!

Champions League: Group Standings

Arsenal’s Lucas Perez came back from injury and made a bold statement. His 47-minute hat trick not only put Arsenal on top of group A, but also saw his comeback. Furthermore, Lucas’ return to form means a possible solution to Arsenal’s striker woes, too. PSG, on the other hand, had to settle for a draw with the Bulgarian outfit, Ludogorets. This will necessitate that Arsenal and PSG are through to the round of 16.

Napoli, for instance, had a hard-fought win over Benfica. This ensures that both the teams will make it to the knockouts from group B. Dynamo Kyiv and Besiktas are the losers in this group. Despite the loss of their star striker to Juventus, Napoli is glad to get back in the knockout stages after four years.

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Barcelona: The Winning Ways

Group C saw what Champions League usually stands for; dominance and rude awakening! Barcelona, despite the absence of Neymar and Suarez, made a cake-walk out of lackluster Gladbach. Messi was at his usual best, but it was perhaps Arda Turan who stole the show. The latter got a hat-trick, thanks to his exemplary performance.

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Manchester City, however, was held for a stalemate from a resolute Celtic side. Both Barcelona and City had it easy so far in group C and will progress to a subsequent stage. Group D, for what it’s worth, was just Atletico and Bayern affair. Both the teams locked horns and Lewandowski’s beautifully taken free-kick made the difference. Both teams will progress to the knockouts.

The future of teams from Groups E, F, G, and H is more or less clear as it stands. Needless to say, the teams will play the final fixtures regardless. Porto and FC Copenhagen are still in the fight for the second spot in their group. Same argument holds true for Sevilla and Lyon too. Once the group stages are past, that’s when the real fight begins. Stage is set!

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