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Benfica beat Maccabi Haifa 5-0 to remain atop the group, despite PSG’s win at Juventus

Paris Saint-Germain defeated Juventus 2-1 on Wednesday in the Champions League thanks to a second-half goal from the defender Nuno Mendes, although Benfica finished first in the group with more goals scored away from home than any other team. 

As a result of Benfica’s 6-1 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa in the other group game, both the Portuguese and French teams finished with 14 points, despite the fact that the Portuguese and French teams tied in both of their head-to-head matchups (1-1) and that the French squad had a 9-0 goal advantage.

In the thirteenth minute, Kylian Mbappé broke the scoreless tie in Turin after receiving a pass from Leo Messi, dribbling past several Juventus players, and firing a low effort inside the far post. 

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Juve tied the game just before halftime when Juan Cuadrado fired a leaping header into the six-yard box, where Leonardo Bonucci tapped it in.

Mbappé set up Nuno Mendes for the game-winning goal in stoppage time. 

With the third seed, Juve advanced to the postseason. Since Benfica won, Maccabi have dropped to last position. 

Benfica won 6-1 thanks to late goals from Gonçalo Ramos, Petar Musa, Lex Grimaldo, Rafa Silva, Henrique Arajo, and Joo Mário. 

With a 4-0 victory over Salzburg and two goals from Olivier Giroud, Milan qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013–14. 

The French advanced to the round of 16 after winning their last group stage encounter. Giroud’s early header quieted San Siro. 

The veteran headed the ball over well for Rade Krunic to score in the second half, and then Giroud scored the game-winning goal in the 57th minute after Rafael Leo’s stunning effort. 

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Junior Messi’s late goal put Milan on top of Group E. Austria’s Salzburg is currently in third place in the Europa League. 

RB Leipzig defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 in Warsaw to reach the round of 16. For Germany, Nkunku scored and assisted. 

Nkunku scored on the rebound after Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin saved Timo Werner’s shot, giving Leipzig the lead and moving them into the knockout round with a point. 

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André Silva scored at the near post from a close angle five minutes into the second half after Mohamed Simakan headed the ball back into the area of a David Raum cross.

Nkunku held his cool to set up Dominik Szoboszlai on the right with an exquisite flick soon after the hour, and the Hungarian winger turned Trubin before blasting into the unguarded net. 

After replacing Szoboszlai, Dani Olmo took a free-kick short to Kevin Kampl, cut back inside, and struck into the far corner in the 68th minute, with Valerii Bondar deflecting his attempt. 

Leipzig finished second in Group D with 12 points, six ahead of third-place Shakhtar. After beating Celtic 5-1 at home, Real Madrid maintained the top place with 13 points.

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