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Seville awaits the finalists of a Europa League, in which they will meet and the opponents of the round of 16. Among which are four Spaniards: Barcelona, ​​Seville, Real Sociedad and Betis.

Relegation from the Champions League to the Europa League

Those of Xavi Hernández return to a competition in which they have not been involved for more than twenty years. The Catalans have experienced a real disappointment by not being able to pass the group stage of the competition and fall from their Champions League group with disastrous data and beaten by Bayern Munich and Benfica in one of the biggest European disappointments of this club in The last decades.

The first year of the post-Messi era extends its harshness in a Barcelona off the hook in the League and eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League, beaten and without options against an already classified Bayern Munich (3-0), on a black Wednesday for Spanish football that also left the fall to the Europa League of Sevilla, unable to beat Salzburg (1-0).

The reaction that was expected with the change in the bench from Xavi Hernández by Ronald Koeman, did not occur in the ‘Champions’. The same weakness of a team unable to score more than two goals in six group stage matches, led to an elimination of the most prestigious competition that had not suffered for 20 years, in the 2000-01 season, when it fell to the at that time called the UEFA Cup and was eliminated in the semifinals by Liverpool.

Unable to overcome a group with Bayern, Benfica and Dinamo Kiev as rivals, in the first half of an Allianz Arena without an audience in its stands, he had already made the miracle an impossible mission. Goals by Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané before the break and by Jamal Musiala in the second half, gave a placid victory to the German team without the need to force the machine before the impotence of a collapsing great.

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The Bavarian team became the third team, after Ajax and Liverpool, to sign the full triumphs in the current group stage, the second time in their history that Bayern starred that showed the status of favorites for the title. Benfica will accompany him as second after complying with solvency against Dinamo Kiev, 2-0, installing Barcelona in a difficult reality to assume.

The Europa League wins prestigious teams, which will still have to play a preliminary phase in February, with the fall also of the king of the competition, a Seville that won the six finals they played. In ‘+ Char (39) +’ Champions ‘+ Char (39) +’ Julen Lopetegui hit a blow in a match in which he was forced to win, with options even to finish first, and in which in a minute he went from Look closely at the target to let it slip away. A meter from the goal, with everything to score, free of mark, Munir headed the crossbar for the best chance against a Salzburg that signed its victory in the next action with Okafor’s goal (1-0).

Two yellow cards by Joan Jordán in just eight minutes, left Sevilla outnumbered at 64 minutes and sentenced a new experience in the Champions League. Salzburg became the first Austrian team to reach the round of 16, second in a group that ended up leading Lille, with an undeniable victory at the home of Wolfsburg (1-3), with goals from Burak Yilmaz, Jonathan David and Angel Gomes.

The reigning European champion Chelsea, who lost the lead in the 94th minute with the great goal of Ozdóev with a right to the squad from the front, joins PSG as a great danger from the hype in the draw as second in the group. that rewarded the great game of Zenit (3-3), which already had the ticket to the Europa League sealed, and put the London team on the ropes. A solitary goal by Moise Kean at 17 minutes, served Juventus to finish first, giving the minimum against bottom Malmoe (1-0).

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The group stage of the ‘Champions’ will not close until Thursday due to the intense snowfall in Bergamo that was postponed by Atalanta-Villarreal who will decide the last classified. Manchester United, with the first place already sealed, drew at Old Trafford against Young Boys (1-1), in a meeting with no other history than the beautiful goal of Mason Greenwood.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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