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Champions League Roundup: Atlético de Madrid, Lazio Clinch Spots; Manchester City Stages Comeback

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Champions League Roundup: Atlético de Madrid, Lazio Clinch Spots; Manchester City Stages Comeback

In an enthralling display of football, the group stage of the Champions League witnessed several teams securing their qualification for the next phase. Atlético de Madrid triumphed over Feyenoord courtesy of two own goals, thereby securing their place alongside Lazio. Feyenoord, however, will now compete in the Europa League, while Celtic has been eliminated from European competitions. Atlético and Lazio will vie for group leadership, with Lazio needing a win to clinch the top spot.

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Borussia Dortmund Defeats Milan in the 'Group of Death'

In the so-called 'group of death', Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious against Milan, securing a 3-1 win despite Giroud failing to convert an early penalty. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) who faced a formidable challenge against Newcastle managed a last-minute equalizer with a penalty goal from Mbappé. This keeps PSG in the race for group leadership if they can pull off a win in Dortmund.

Manchester City Pulls off a Stunning Comeback Against Leipzig

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Manchester City and Leipzig, both already qualified, were in a tussle for group leadership. City managed a thrilling comeback after being down 2-0, courtesy of a standout performance by Phil Foden and goals from Haaland and Álvarez. Finally, the Young Boys triumphed over Red Star Belgrade, earning a place in the Europa League.

Champions League Round of 16 Knockout Stage Draws Near

The 2023/24 Champions League Round of 16 draws closer, with 16 teams bidding for a spot in the knockout phase. Manchester City, under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, have already booked their place as they look forward to defending their title in 2024. The draw for the round of 16 will take place at 11 a.m. GMT / 6 a.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 18. This marks the final season of the traditional format, before the Champions League evolves into a 36-team competition with a knockout bracket primarily based on final positions. In the draw, group winners will face group runners-up, with teams from the same national association or from the same group in this season's competition prohibited from facing each other.

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