Full time: Real Madrid 2-o Borussia Monchengladbach
Real Madrid claimed a UCL Round of 16 qualification ticket on Wednesday night after they beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Bernabeu. Los Blancos were on the brink of exit after their horror showings in Ukraine last week. They badly needed a win to advance, and they did just that tonight to save Zidane’s blushes.
Kareem Benzema was the star of the show for Real Madrid, scoring both goals to help his side overcome the Germans. The Frenchman scored the all important opener for the hosts barely 10 minutes into the game and doubled the lead on the half hour mark.
Real Madrid who progress as group winners will now be top seed in Monday night’s Round of 16 draw. Although their form has been poor lately, they will be hoping to build on this victory.
Borussia Monchengladbach progress despite defeat
Bundesliga outfits Borussia Monchengladbach reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time after Inter Milan and Sharkhtar Donetsk played out a goalless draw. the later will now drop to the Europa League round of 32. The Ukrainians would have advanced if they had beaten Inter.
Borussia kept their eyes on the game between Inter and Sharkhtar. They watched the last few minutes on a tablet on the sidelines and celebrated widely in Madrid once the result was confirmed!
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) December 9, 2020
Atalanta bests Ajax
In another fixture, Atalanta defeated Ajax to go through to the knockout rounds for the second season running. The Italian side went through thanks to a 1-0 win in Amsterdam – their 5th consecutive away wins in the Champions League.