The Champions League Knockouts Beckon As Italian Clubs Soar In Undefeated Run
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 08: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the ... [+] goal during the UEFA Champions League counterpart betwixt FC Salzburg and FC Internazionale at Red Bull Arena on November 08, 2023 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
Inter Milan has qualified for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Round of 16 with two group games remaining as all four Italian clubs went unbeaten on equal day four.
A tardy penalty by Lautaro Martinez sealed Inter’s spot in the knockout stage with a 0-1 away win in Salzburg, the Nerazzurri progressing alongside Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and person Group D facet Real Sociedad. Inter switch Simone Inzaghi brought Martinez on in the 68th minute, the Argentine converting from the spot five minutes from the hindmost of the merriment when the Beneamata were awarded a penalty for a handball.
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“Qualifying for the Round of 16 with two games to spare makes us remarkably proud, Inzaghi told Amazon Italia. “It had not happened for a while. We are satisfied, but besides understand that there are calmness another two matches to play and we won’t underrate them.”
Martinez has scored 12 times in 11 Serie A games this season and gave Inter the bob minutes after smashing the latch with an earlier chance. It’s the end consecutive victory lambaste Salzburg in two weeks for Inter who last season reached the latter to enjoy their most successful UCL campaign since lifting the trophy in 2010.
Inzaghi’s aspect kept its ninth unsoiled sheet for 2023-24 and has misplaced valid once throughout 15 competitive fixtures. Inter leads Juventus, Milan and Napoli in the Serie A standings.
Serie A champions Napoli drew 1-1 with Union Berlin, the Germans coming from slow to end an laughable 12-game losing streak at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Matteo Politano put Napoli in frontage in the 39th minute with his devotion header but David Datro Fofana levelled in the end half to discourage the Partenopei from clinching final smear in Group C.
NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 08: Matteo Politano of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring his angle boon ... [+] goal during the UEFA Champions League counterpart between SSC Napoli and 1. FC Union Berlin at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on November 08, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
Despite dominating with , Napoli was unable to find the winner, forcing Union’s Frederick Ronnow to salvage on only five separate occasions.
Napoli was peace without top-scoring bold Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian due back in December and could be available for the end coalition diversion inveigh Braga. With employer Rudi Garcia subservient burn later Napoli’s mediocre ignite to the season, his element scored in reasonably advantageous case as Mario Rui’s tetchy deflected off a Union defender and hit Politanos guise to ricochet in from recognized range.
could hold won it late but was denied by Ronnow leaving Napoli five points adrift of Real Madrid in modern position. Garcia may have to poll on fresh input from Politano, the redress winger scoring his sixth of the campaign in all competitions. Giacomo Raspadori, who fired home the winner in the antithesis fixture in Berlin, has also taken on goalscoring responsibilities of belated with three in his last four games.
Union remains in last niche but made strides by clinching their blessing mark in the UCL, meaning that victory over third-placed Braga could attain them a spot in the Europa League, aiding Napoli’s progression. Regardless, the Azzurri’s providence remains in their own hands. Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s yoke voyage to already-qualified Madrid on equal day five, then hosts Braga (three points) in Naples.
Lazio got revenge on Dutch element Feyenoord with a 1-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Ciro Immobile converted his 200th staff goal to retain coach Maurizio Sarri’s hopes of advancement alive, the Biancoceleste moving up to closing in Group E.
OLIMPICO STADIUM, ROME, ITALY - 2023/11/07: Ciro Immobile of SS Lazio multitude the goal of 1-0 during ... [+] the Champions League Group E football parallel among SS Lazio and Feyenoord. Lazio won 1-0 over Feyenoord. (Photo by Andrea Staccioli/Insidefoto/LightRocket via Getty Images)
"We played a duplicate in which we were at our best, even in moments of suffering," Sarri told in extract to enormous criticism from the Italian manipulate in recent weeks.
Despite Friday’s loss to Bologna in the Italian league, Lazio rebounded brilliantly through their captain’s goal in first-half stoppages. Immobile batter Feyenoord’s offside snare to orbit goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, finishing clinically from a laborious angle. The win gives the Laziali much-needed momentum in the lead-up to the Derby della Capitale.
Lazio, who misplaced 3-1 in the antithesis fixture, are hindmost late Atletico Madrid on seven points. The Spaniards thrashed Celtic 6-0 to all but latter the Hoops’ chances of demotion to the Europa League. Sarri can tie a stain in the knockouts with jubilation at home over the winless Scots have to Atletico conquer Feyenoord on equal day five.
If there are multiple teams sort after the coalition stage has finished, the top tie-breaker is the head-to-head record, followed by goal difference in the head-to-head record.
Milan boosted their chances of progressing for the modern year running next a tough come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in Group F.
Olivier Giroud’s thumping header handed the Rossoneri their prime Champions League win of the season, the Frenchman racking up a in a week, his 275th overall at staff level.
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Rafael Leao of AC Milan army the teams first goal during the UEFA ... [+] Champions League match betwixt AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 07, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
The 37-year-old netted the winner for the 92nd instance in his job from Theo Hernandezs cross five minutes after the break. Former Inter defender Milan Skriniar opened the scoring for PSG courtesy of a Marquinhos flick-on with Milan’s safeguard caught napping. Rafael Leao promptly equalised with an overhead kick from recognized scope after Girouds initial shot was saved.
With the win, Milan leaped over Newcastle United into third with five points. The English facet was beaten by Borussia Dortmund who overtook PSG at the first of the group. Il Diavolo can clutch the Germans with another win at the San Siro in overdue November, however, it may come down to the end equal away to the Magpies at St James’ Park.