London, ap. Europe’s top teams Manchester City and Real Madrid won their respective matches to secure their places in the last-16 of UEFA Champions League football, but Atletico Madrid are on the verge of being eliminated.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) could not capitalize on an early lead with a goal (50th minute) from Kylian Mbappe as City gave it a 2-1 loss. Raheem Sterling (63rd minute) and Gabriel Jesus (76th) scored two goals for City. Despite this, the French team managed to make it to the knockout stage from Group A.

Real Madrid avenged their loss to the Moldova side two months earlier by beating Sheriff 3-0 to make it to the last-16. David Alba, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema scored for Real. Apart from Real from Group D, Inter Milan entered the knockout stage. He defeated Shakhtar Donysk 2-0 in another match.

Three-time European champions Inter Milan made it to the last-16 after 10 years. Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 with two goals from Pedro González to end a 13-year wait to reach the knockouts. Sporting lost to Ajax and Dortmund in Group C in September, but with three consecutive victories, Portugal’s champions were able to advance with one match remaining.

Ajax had already made it to the knockout from this group. Ajax and Liverpool registered their fifth consecutive win in their respective groups. Ajax beat Besiktas 2–1 with two goals from Sebastian Haller, while Liverpool beat Porto 2–0 in Group B. Liverpool took a 10-point lead over second-placed Porto in their group. In this group, the final round on 7 December is going to be very important as AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, apart from Porto, are in the race to reach the knockouts. AC Milan kept their hopes alive after beating Atletico 1-0 with a goal from Junior Messias in the 87th minute. Milan now have to host Liverpool while Atletico have to play their home matches against Porto.

Bayern’s Kimmich and Chopo Moting infected with Kovid-19

Munich, AP. Bayern Munich star footballer Joshua Kimmich and his teammate Eric Maxim Chopo Motting, who were the subject of discussion in Germany last month due to their hesitation to vaccinate the Kovid-19, have been found infected with the corona virus. The club said that both these players are already in quarantine due to contact with people infected with the virus. After this he was tested which came positive. According to the club, both the players are in good condition.

Kimmich said in a TV interview last month that he had not yet made a decision on whether to vaccinate. His remarks came at a time when the pace of vaccination was slow in Germany. Medical experts had then raised concerns over his remarks while those opposed to vaccination backed him.

Edited By: Sanjay Savern