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UEFA Champions League scores, results: Barcelona, Sevilla crash out; Juventus jump Chelsea for first

The UEFA Champions League group stage is (almost) complete with all but one of the games wrapped up on a dramatic night Wednesday. Barcelona suffered a familiar humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich, losing 3-0 in a match they needed to win as Benfica cruised to a 2-0 home against Dynamo Kyiv. Though Xavi's side started well in the Allianz Arena, they were swatted aside by a better quality opponent, Thomas Muller netting his 50th Champions League goal (eight of which have come against Barca) before a Leroy Sane howitzer and Jamal Musiala goal added to the scoreline.

In Group F, Young Boys fell short of the win they needed to reach the Europa League, drawing 1-1 against a much-changed Manchester United side that was already assured of first place. Meanwhile, Atalanta and Villarreal will face off on Thursday, their clash postponed due to adverse weather conditions in Italy.

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Lille cruised to the top of Group G, Jonathan Ikone providing two goals in a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg, while Karim Adeyemi and Noah Okafor combined for Salzburg's only goal against Sevilla that earned them second place. The Austrians are the first side from their country to progress from the group stages of a European Cup since Wacker Innsbruck did so in 1990-91.

In the early games, Juventus cruised to a 1-0 win over Malmo, Moise Kean netting the winner in the first half off a Federico Bernadeschi cross. To secure top spot Massimiliano Allegri's side needed a favor from Zenit, one which they got in the most spectacular of fashions as Magomed Ozdoev earned the hosts a 3-3 draw in Saint Petersburg.

The much-maligned Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga looked like being Chelsea's heroes, the former scoring the opener before goals from Claudinho and Serdar Azmoun punished lax defending from a much changed version of the holders' side. Zenit might have been out of sight but for a string of fine saves from Kepa before Werner returned to the fore in the second half, squaring for Romelu Lukaku to equalize before picking the ball up off Christian Pulisic to net his third goal in as many group stage games. That seemed like it would be enough, but Chelsea failed to clear a cross that was thumped into the top corner by Ozdoev, sending the Blues down to second in the group.

Champions League fixtures, results

Group E
Bayern Munich 3, Barcelona 0
Benfica 2, Dynamo Kyiv 0

Group F
Manchester United 1, Young Boys 1
Atalanta vs. Villarreal (postponed to Dec. 9, 1 p.m. ET | Paramount+)

Group G
Wolfsburg 1, Lille 3
Red Bull Salzburg 1, Sevilla 0

Group H
Zenit Saint Petersburg 3, Chelsea 3
Juventus 1, Malmo 0

Game of the day

Bayern Munich 3, Barcelona 0: It was not the most high-quality match, the most surprising or the one that was packed with the most incidents but for sheer epoch defining spectacle there could be no choice other than Barcelona crashing out at the group stage. This is simply not something that is supposed to happen to one of the biggest clubs in the world, one that has been a perennial figure in the business end of the Champions League. Some of Xavi's players were toddlers the last time Barcelona missed out on the knockout rounds; the manager himself was in the first flourishes of his great career at the Camp Nou.

This particular period in Barcelona history seems destined to be remembered for the drubbings Bayern meted out on them, the 8-2 that sent Lionel Messi into paroxysms of doubt, and this hammering that sent them crashing into the Europa League. In the first of those games they were woeful, the harsh truth was that in the second the performance was not that much worse than could be reasonably expected from this group of players.

Against such inferior opposition Bayern were ruthless. Muller's header was his typical mix of awkward elegance, Sane's howitzer was one of the goals of the night, Jamal Musiala's third cruelly Guardiolaesque. Is this the lowest ebb on Barcelona's slide? Time will tell but it was a moment of major significance.

Goal of the day

Sane's thunderous strike deserves plenty of praise as does the wonderful hooked finish by Mason Greenwood at Old Trafford but for sheer "where did that come from" brilliance it has to be Magomed Ozdoev's bolt from the blue to smash Chelsea's plans to top Group H. Could Kepa have done more than get a fingertip to it? Probably not, such was the force with which it was hit.

Player of the day

So often Timo Werner has been the cause of great frustration for Chelsea fans, the player who spurns the chance to make life easier for his defenders by taking the chances that are laid on a plate for him. So it will be a bitter irony for the German that on the night of his best performance for the Blues he was unable to make up for the failings of those at the other end of the pitch.

Werner was impressive in front of goal, finishing the easy chance early on, calmly rolling the ball to Romelu Lukaku so he could get off the net and fizzing a wonderful low drive into the net to put Chelsea 3-2 up. There have been rather few false dawns for the former RB Leipzig forward since he moved to England; when he has built momentum it has tended to sustain itself for several games. On a night of serious disappointment for Thomas Tuchel he will hope that Werner getting back among the goals proves to be good news in the long run.

Most disappointing performance

Perhaps it was just their misfortune to run into a Lille side building real momentum in this competition but Wolfsburg departed the European stage with a deep whimper, an underwhelming display in which they all too easily allowed their visitors to run rampant through them. Outside of dead balls they created just four chances and one shot on target, Renato Steffen's late consolation when many of his teammates seemed to have given up the ghost.

Those dead balls, though dangerously delivered by Maximilian Arnold often looked to be more effective attacking weapons for Lille than they did Wolfsburg, the visitors catching the German side napping off corners and free-kicks, most notably when Jonathan Ikone charged up the right before cutting the ball across goal for Burak Yilmaz to score the opener. This was a deeply disappointing end to the Champions League season for a side already on their second manager of the year, one who certainly don't look like they'll be back next year.

It's not over yet

There's still one game to come, and it's one of the big ones. Atalanta and Villarreal will shoot out for second spot in Group F at 7 p.m. local time in Bergamo on Thursday, providing there is no repeat of the snowstorm that ruined the game. The hosts, whose fast interplay would hardly suit a snowbound pitch, will perhaps not be too disappointed to keep their visitors waiting for kick off.

"The referee [Anthony Taylor] tried to get us to play, he wanted to see how the weather developed and we cleared the turf, but the snow continued to come down," Atalanta director Umberto Marino said after the decision had been taken. "The official was intelligent, involved the two coaches in the decision. The players had to be protected from potential danger, the referee spoke to the players and coaches, everyone agreed with the decision. In these conditions, there was no alternative."

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A lovely moment at Old Trafford

It might not be anything all that remarkable that two youngsters -- Zidan Iqbal and Charlie Savage -- are coming on for Manchester United in what is a game with nothing to play for as far as the hosts are concerned. But Charlie's father is Robbie Savage, one of United's legendary Class of 92 that dominated youth football but one of those who did not make the grade at Old Trafford. He had a great career but not at the club where he started off.

In the UK Robbie is doing the commentary and is audibly moved at this special moment for his son. "Charlie Savage for Juan Mata... what a proud day for my boy. All the hard work, what a day for me, his mother, his nana, his grandparents and most importantly for that boy there."

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GOAL -- Lille running rampant

A third goal converted smartly by Angel Gomes, who had set up the second. Ikone is provider again after laying on the first for Yilmaz, rolling one smartly through for the former Manchester United playmaker to roll below Casteels. Lille look like they're heading through as group winners.

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Another humbling for Barca

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Elsewhere in the Conference League

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham's final group game against Rennes has been postponed with more than 13 COVID-19 cases in Antonio Conte's playing squad and staff. Spurs' training ground has also been closed and it is now merely a formality separating them from postponing their game against Brighton at the weekend.

Here's what Antonio Conte had to say about a scary situation earlier today.

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GOAL -- Salzburg take a step towards the last 16

They only needed a draw. Now they're on course for a win. Great cross from Adeyemi, perfectly delivered for Noah Okafor to tap in.

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Away we go again

The ball is rolling around Europe. There's just 45 minutes left in the Champions League group stage (and one game in Bergamo tomorrow). Wolfsburg go close early on from a set piece, which has looked both the best avenue for the hosts and for Lille off counters. 

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Half time around Europe

Here's how things look in the groups

Group E: The jig is surely up for Barcelona, two goals down to Bayern Munich in a match they need to win to qualify. Benfica's 2-0 lead against Dynamo Kyiv suggests that they're not going to be getting any favors from elsewhere.

Group F: Young Boys are level at Old Trafford but they'll need to win to extend their involvement in Europe into next season. Even then they'll be waiting until tomorrow at the earliest when Villarreal face Atalanta in a game postponed due to snowfall in Bergamo.

Group G: Lille's lead over Wolfsburg means they're heading to the top of the group. It's all square between Salzburg and Sevilla, a result that would send the former through in second place.

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GOAL OF THE DAY -- A stunner from Sane

That's surely it. The ball wobbles ferociously through the Bavarian night, flying past Ter Stegen and surely killing off any hope Barcelona have of avoiding the Europa League.

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GOAL -- Barcelona on the brink

Thomas Muller does what he does. His 50th Champions League goal, eight of which have come against Barcelona. Lewandowski lobs one to the back post where Muller reaches it with a looping header. Araujo hooks it away but it has crossed the goal line by inches. With Benfica cruising against Dynamo Kyiv, Barcelona surely need to score two.

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Salzburg go close

The ball sits up nicely for Sucic just outside the box, a smart low drive that flashes just wide of Bono's post. They're looking good so far.

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A big blow for Barca

Jordi Alba limps out with injury as the clock ticks on to half hour. The left back is such a vital attacking weapon for Xavi -- and every Barcelona manager that preceded him -- and Oscar Mingueza won't be able to make up for that.

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How are Barcelona getting on?

Not too bad you know. They've had the one shot on target so far and are even in the possession stakes. Just for a moment they look like breaking away as Dembele gives the ball to Memphis Depay, gets it back but strikes over. The game isn't over yet but they still need to find the net.

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GOAL -- It's on you now Barcelona

That's a gorgeous move by Benfica, who glide their way up the pitch before Joao Mario gets to the byline to cut back for guess who... Of course the former Dynamo Kyiv striker Roman Yaremchuk, who clips the ball in at the near post.

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Game postponed

We'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out who will be joining Manchester United in qualifying from Group F. 

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GOAL -- A big one in Group G

Lille take the lead off a Wolfsburg corner. Ikone flies down the right after Celik's through ball. He draws the defense over to the right then flicks the ball to the other flank with the outside of his boot. Yilmaz slots in and group leaders Lille are seemingly on course for top spot... though a fizzing long range shot from Luca Waldschmidt seconds later suggests Wolfsburg will come back fighting. 

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GOAL -- United with a great start

A lovely cross from Luke Shaw but the finish from Greenwood is simply spectacular, a hooked volley cum bicycle kick that flies low into the bottom corner. One United's No.7 would be proud of and a sign of the impressive verticality that Rangnick wants to bring to Old Trafford.

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Away we go

The final round of Champions League games are up and running!

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Confirmation that the Atalanta-Villarreal game will be delayed by 20 minutes.

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What to look out for the three groups

Group E: Barcelona have their fate in their own hands though beating Bayern Munich is easier said than done. If they do not win and Benfica do the Portuguese side will qualify.

Group F: Atalanta need to win against Villarreal to qualify second, a point is enough for the Spaniards in a game we're hearing could be delayed by 20 minutes due to snow in Bergamo. Young Boys need to win and hope Villarreal win to qualify for the Europa League.

Group G: Carnage here with every team in the hunt. A point for Lille and Salzburg in their games will be enough. Wolfsburg and Sevilla need to win.

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Not a vintage showing at the back by Chelsea

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All done in Group H

The holders throw away top spot at the last and suddenly Monday's draw looks really intimidating for the Blues, who can draw either Ajax, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or the winners of Group G.

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GOAL -- Zenit spoil Chelsea's night at the death

What a stunning volley that is -- Chelsea don't fully clear a cross from the left and it drops to Magomed Ozdoev. A thundering strike Kepa can only get a fingertip to. Juventus are back on top.

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GOAL -- Werner might have won it for Chelsea

Is he offside? It looks like he might be as Werner twists and turns in the box after fine play by Pulisic in the build up. VAR says the goal stands. Chelsea return to the top of Group H.

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Kepa keeping Chelsea alive

Not for the first time today the world's most expensive and most maligned goalkeeper is keeping Chelsea in it. Azmoun bounces a header down into the deck, it bounces up just in front of Kepa but he shows strength to get down low and push the ball to safety.

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GOAL -- Lukaku draws Chelsea level

Lovely work around the box by Werner and Barkley, the latter darting in behind and drawing Kerzhakov before squaring for Lukaku to tap in. Chelsea have upped their level in the last few minutes and now they're all square. One more goal and they're top of Group H again.

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