The last games for the Champions League group stages took place on Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively, and it is no surprise to see most of the favorites qualified, with some exceptions, namely Liverpool and Juventus, who will play in the Europa League though, along with other teams which finished 3rd in their respective groups.
Manchester United faced Wolfsburg away on Tuesday night, and the Red Devils needed at least 1 point to secure top position, but also had to face the dilemma of who to play at the back as all the natural defenders, with the exception of Evra, were out injured, and the Germans could easily break through. But such was not the case even though the Germans created more opportunities, but found the way to goal only once, while Owen at the other end completed his first hat-trick for the club to clinch the top spot and ease off the pressure off his team-mates.
The same day Chelsea faced APOEL FC, a game which ended 2-2, with Drogba and Essien scoring for the Blues, and securing their top position as well.
On Wednesday, already condemned to play for Europa League before the game with Fiorentina, Liverpool failed to at least give their fans something to cheer about for the last group match, as they lost 1-2 to the Italian side, although they were leading 1-0 at some point, courtesy of Benayoun. But Jorgensen levelled up for the Viola, and in added time Gillardino killed off the Reds to secure top position for their group, leaving Liverpool 3rd, while Lyon qualified for the next round in 2nd position.
Arsenal as well lost their last game away to Olympiacos, 1-0, but the Gunners are qualified as they top their group as well.
All the final groups’ standings below: