At dawn on December 17 (Vietnam time), Chelsea had a disappointing draw with a score of 1 – 1 against Everton, thereby continuing to be widened by Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to the Premier League crown. League 2021/2022.
Draw weak Chelsea out of breath in the race to the championship
Welcoming Everton in round 17, Chelsea could not launch the strongest squad when a series of pillars had health problems. Accordingly, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi are those who have tested positive for Covid-19 so they cannot play.
However, the squad of the reigning European champions was still able to overwhelm the visitors Everton – which also suffered a lot of loss in force.
In the first 45 minutes of the match, the Blues kept possession of the ball always above the 70% threshold and continuously bombarded the away team’s goal.
However, goalkeeper Pickford was outstanding with 6 saves in the first half, helping Everton keep a clean sheet in the first 45 minutes of play.
Entering the second half with the score 0-0, Chelsea continued to increase the pressure on the away team’s field. And it took 20 shots for the goal to come to the Stamford Bridge team.
In the 70th minute, from James’ slit, Mason Mount ran to catch the ball and then shot decisively to hit Everton’s net, opening the score 1 – 0 for Chelsea.
However, the joy of the Blues fans did not last long. In the 74th minute, from a fixed situation, defender in 2002 – Jarrad Branthwaite had an ice ball to hit the Chelsea net, equalizing the score 1 – 1.
During the last 20 minutes of the match, the ball almost only rolled in Everton’s half when Chelsea put all their strength to attack. However, the away team’s defense played firmly to block the Blues’ shots.
Closing the match with a 1-1 draw, Chelsea were behind in the race to the Premier League title when competitors Manchester City and Liverpool both won in round 17.
Highlights of Champions League 2021/2022: Barcelona fall to Europa League
In the final round of the Champions League group stage 2021/2022, Barcelona need to beat Bayern Munich on the opponent’s field to be able to proceed to the knockout round.
Bayern Munich were sure to continue, but they still launched as strong as possible and rushed to attack right after the opening whistle. And the strength of the home team was concretized into two goals in the first half.
In the 34th minute, Lewandowski handled it well on the left and then passed it to Thomas Muller to head the ball over the line, opening the score 1 – 0 for Gray Lobster.
In the 42nd minute, with the ball from a distance of more than 20m, Leroy Sane suddenly hit the left foot like a hammer to hit the net of Ter Stegen. The score was raised to 2 – 0 for Bayern Munich.
Entering the second half, Bayern Munich actively played slowly to maintain strength. However, Barcelona did not take advantage of this opportunity to get a goal to shorten the gap. On the contrary, the team from Spain lost even more heavily.
In the 62nd minute, Davies launched a horizontal stretch to clear the ground for Musiala to kick close to the wall to seal a 3 – 0 victory for Bayern Munich.
This defeat caused Barcelona to lose second place to Benfica. In the match at the same time, the Portuguese team easily overcame Dynamo Kyiv with a score of 2 – 0 and won the ticket to continue with Bayern Munich.
After more than two decades, Barcelona stopped in the Champions League right from the group stage. The last time the Catalan giants were in a similar situation was 17 years ago.
The Champions League has identified 15/16 teams to advance to the 1/8 round
After the early morning match on December 9, there were 15 teams that won the right to pass the group stage, which are Manchester City, PSG (group A); Liverpool, Atletico Madrid (Group B); Ajax Amsterdam, Sporting Lisbon (group C); Real Madrid, Inter Milan (group D); Bayern Munich, Benfica (Group E); Manchester United (Group F); Lille, Salzburg (group G) and Juventus, Chelsea (group H).
The final ticket in Group F will be determined after the match between Atalanta and Villarreal at 1:00 am on December 10 (Vietnam time).
Previously, the match between Atalanta and Villarreal was postponed because of bad weather, so the group stage of the Champions League 2021/2022 has not officially ended. The match in Group F could not take place due to heavy snow at Bergamo
In this group, Manchester United have definitely won the top spot (11 points), Atalanta (6 points) and Villarreal (7 points) will face off directly in this series to compete for the second place in the remaining group. Meanwhile, Young Boy was definitely at the bottom of the table.
In addition, 7/8 Europa League places are also determined, which are: Leipzig, FC Porto, Dortmund, Sheriff, Barcelona, Sevilla.
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