Benfica crushed Haifa (6-1) and finished first in group H ahead of PSG with a better goal difference thanks to their goal at the very last minute. AC Milan did not tremble against Salzburg and secured their qualification (4-0). Real Madrid rolled over Celtic (5-1) and secured top spot in Group F, while Leipzig were also far superior to Shakhtar (4-0). Chelsea got a thought win against Dinamo Zagreb and secured first place of group E. You can see the exact drawing probabilities for the next round in the graphic below.
In England, the big news this Thursday concerns the Manchester United mercato. The Red Devils are keen to bring in Jude Bellingham. The English youngster is attracting a lot of interest, despite his staggering price tag of £100m. According to the Daily Mirror, MU are ready to make a move for the midfielder. But the Red Devils are no fools and know that they will have to deal with some heavyweights, with Manchester City and Liverpool already in the running. Bellingham is also on the cover of the Daily Star on Thursday, as United are set to make another attempt to lure the young Englishman, after a first failure, in 2020. He left Birmingham for Borussia Dortmund at the time.
According to Bernabeu Digital, Real Madrid are now thinking about Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli) rather than Kylian Mbappé, their first target. The Georgian striker, scorer of 6 goals and 5 assists in 12 Serie A games, is one of the sensations of the moment in Europe, the London Evening Standard is already talking about a price of 100 million euros. The player already stated that he dreams to play for the Merengues.
Ben Chillwell disastrous moment
England left-back Ben Chilwell is doubtful for the World Cup after injuring his hamstring in Chelsea's Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb. The defender, 25, stopped in stoppage time after grabbing the back of his leg. He was unable to continue and had to be helped off the pitch at full time as the Blues won 2-1.
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