The last round of the Champions League group stage is on this week and three of the four Premier League (BPL) teams entered with passage to the knockout stage unsure. The good news as the week began was that each BPL team controlled their own destiny. The bad news was that the teams failing to progress qualify for the second-tier Europa League — little more than a distraction as they pursue their domestic agendas.
On Tuesday Manchester United lost 3-2 to German side VfL Wolfsburg, needing win to ensure passage. United could still have made it had PSV Eindhoven failed to win at home to CSKA Moscow, but PSV Eindhoven prevailed 2-1. Arsenal have the toughest task on Wednesday at 2:45 ET when they travel to Greek side Olympiakos and must win by two goals or score enough to overcome the 2-3 defeat they suffered to Olympiakos at home. Chelsea have a home match against Portuguese side FC Porto on Wednesday at 2:45 ET and will progress with a win or a draw. Chelsea can still progress with a loss if Dynamo Kiev fail to win at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, a game that takes place simultaneously.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first ever player to score 10 goals in a single Champions League group stage. pic.twitter.com/i2DDMZdeix
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