“MK-Sport” presents a brief overview of all the most interesting that happened in the world of sports while you were sleeping.
The group stage of the Champions League ended last night. Well, it’s almost over – the match between Atlanta and Villarreal had to be postponed for one day due to heavy snow. But all other meetings took place on schedule.
The only Russian club in this tournament, Zenit St. Petersburg, hosted the current Champions League winners, Chelsea London, and managed to please their fans with something more significant than a “worthy defeat”: Petersburgers scored three goals against the London club! True, we also conceded three, but a draw, in which we saw six goals scored, is much nicer to the eye than dull attempts to fight off, standing by the whole team at their goal. What he saw impressed the artist M. Boyarsky so much that he called Semak a “grandiose coach”. Zenit eventually finished third in their group and will go to the Europa League in the spring, leaving their fans wondering why it was impossible to play this kind of football from the very beginning?
Among other Champions League matches, it is worth noting Manchester United’s draw with the modest Swiss Young Boys (no, Ronaldo did not score today) and, of course, the crushing defeat of Barcelona by Bayern Munich: Munich scored three, but could have scored five , and eight – as already happened in the matches of these teams. All in all, the Champions League ended ingloriously for Barça – for the first time in 20 years the team did not make it to the playoffs. You can find all the results of the Champions League night matches here .
We now know the names of 15 of the 16 Champions League playoffs: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Atlético, Ajax, Sporting, Real Madrid, Inter, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Manchester United, Lille, Salzburg, Juventus and Chelsea. Another will be determined when Atalanta and Villarreal play their postponed match tonight. The draw for the playoffs will take place on 13 December in Nyon, Switzerland.
On the same day, Zenit (and Spartak, if the Moscow club manages not to screw up their last match of the Europa League group stage against Legia) will recognize their future rival. Petersburgers will go to the 1/16 finals of the second European Cup, where their opponents will be one of the teams that took second places in the Europa League groups.
In chess, the world title match continues between Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and Russian Jan Nepomniachtchi . Our compatriot disappointed in the previous two games – he lost twice, and even managed to rudely yawn a piece in one of the episodes. This plunged his fans into deep despondency, they got to the point of vulgar things: a lively porn actress appeared in St. Petersburg, who began posting her photos on social networks with a promise to spend the night with Ian if he won Magnus . We don’t know if anyone told Nepomniachtchi about such an annoying fanatic, but he played the next game much more confidently and did not make mistakes. The result is a draw , the score in the match is 6.5: 3.5 in favor of the Norwegian, the next game will be played on Friday.
In hockey, interesting things happened on both sides of the ocean. On our shore – in the Continental Hockey League – CSKA’s winning streak was interrupted: the army team lost to Torpedo on their own ice with a score of 2: 5. In the other hemisphere – the National Hockey League – the same streak ended with the New York Rangers, who were massively lost to the Colorado Avalanche 3-7. Artemy Panarin and Valery Nichushkin made an assist, and now Panarin has surpassed Nikita Kucherov in the number of such assists in his NHL career: the Rangers forward has 330 of them.
What to watch December 9.
FOOTBALL . In the Europa League today, the matches of the last round of the group stage will be played in two rounds. At 20:45 Moscow time will play:
Lyon v Glasgow Rangers
“Sparta” – “Brondby”
Real Sociedad – PSV
“Sturm” – “Monaco”
Napoli – Leicester City
Legia – Spartak (you can watch the broadcast on our website)
Fenerbahce – Eintracht
“Antwerp” – “Olympiacos”.
At 23:00 Moscow time, their matches will start:
Olympic (Marseille) – Lokomotiv
Ludogorets – Midtjylland
Lazio – Galatasaray
“Braga” – “Red Star”
Ferencvaros – Bayer Leverkusen
Celtic – Betis
West Ham – Dinamo (Zagreb)
Genk – Rapid (Vienna)
HANDBALL . The women’s national team of Russia in the match of the first round of the World Championship will meet with Slovenia – beginning at 17:30.
BASKETBALL . In the Euroleague, Zenit hosts Turkish Fenerbahce (20:00), and Onyx goes to Tel Aviv to visit Maccabi (22:00).
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