Let’s catch you up on the biggest stories from Champions League. Manchester United responded to the sack of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer with a resounding victory against their Spanish Opponents. Meanwhile, Chelsea continued their strong start to the season with a pummeling of the Old Lady of Italian football. 

It’s the business end of the European football season and we have all the details for you. 

Man United book UEFA Champions League knockout spot

Manchester United booked their place in the Champions League last 16 with victory over Villarreal. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho gave Carrick a win in his first game in temporary charge two days after Solskjaer was sacked.

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho

Ronaldo maintained his record of scoring in every game in this season’s competition when he lifted the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 78th minute, after Fred had dispossessed Etienne Capoue.

Sancho then sealed the victory in injury time, blasting a shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

David De Gea
David De Gea, goalkeeper, Manchester United FC

However, United were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he produced two superb one-handed saves. One in each half, to keep out well-struck efforts from Manu Trigueros.

Manchester United FC
Manchester United FC

United will progress as group winners with a game to spare after Atalanta could only draw 3-3 with Young Boys in the later game on Tuesday.

Chelsea trash Juventus 

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said his side produced an “amazing performance”, as the holders progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League. This comes after an impressive win against Juventus at Stamford Bridge.

Reece James and Christian Pulisic
Reece James and Christian Pulisic of Chelsea FC

Trevoh Chalobah, who made his first European start for the Blues, scored the opener before Reece James. James controlled a clearance and volleyed across Wojciech Szczesny to give Chelsea the advantage their dominant performance deserved.

A third soon followed with Juventus, looking shell-shocked as a short, sharp interchange of passes gave Callum Hudson-Odoi the chance to slot home at the back post.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea FC
Callum Hudson-Odoi

The scoring was completed when Hakim Ziyech capitalised on a mistake from Juve midfielder Weston McKennie to cross for Timo Werner to tap home in added time.

It is the Italian club’s heaviest defeat in the Champions League. The win also demonstrated Chelsea’s status as a serious contender to retain the trophy they won against Premier League rivals Manchester City in May.

Chelsea FC
Chelsea FC

The three points send Chelsea to the top of Group H. However, they must match Juventus’ result in the final matchday on 8 December. When they travel to Zenit St Petersburg and the Turin club host Malmo – in order to stay there.

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