Champions League Matchday 5 Recap: Liverpool, Chelsea Blow Chance to Advance

Posted By Chops on November 28, 2019 - Last Updated on February 21, 2020

If Tuesday’s Champions League matches provided clarity, Wednesday’s just made things more muddled.

Groups E, F, G, and H are all headed for drama-filled final matchdays.

Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s action.

2019-20 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Results (Wednesday, Matchday 5)

  • Liverpool 1 – Napoli 1
  • Chelsea 2 – Valencia 2
  • Zenit 2 – Lyon 1
  • Barcelona 3 – Borussia Dortmun 1
  • Lille 0 – Ajax 2
  • Genk 1 – Red Bull Salzburg 4
  • Red Bull Leipzig 2 – Benfica 2
  • Slavia Prague 1 – Inter Milan 3

Let’s dig deeper into some of the storylines.

Who’s has advanced to knockout round

On Tuesday, we got clarity on this:

  • PSG win Group A
  • Real Madrid advance as #2 in Group A
  • Bayern Munich win Group B
  • Tottenham advance as #2 in Group B
  • Manchester City win Group C
  • Juventus win Group D

On Wednesday, we got clarity on this:

  • Barcelona advance as Group F winners
  • RB Leipzig will advance

Who still has work to do

Basically, errrrryone.

Group E


Welp, Liverpool blew it. Hosting a Napoli team in utter disarray and missing two of their best attacking players, Liverpool barely managed to tally a 1-1 draw. At Anfield. Had Liverpool won, they’d be assured first in Group E. Now they have to travel to Austria and need to either tie or beat Red Bull Salzburg to advance.

Napoli just need to beat or draw Genk at home to advance.

Red Bull Salzburg will advance if they defeat Liverpool by a 2 goal margin.

538 still views the most likely scenario as Liverpool finishing atop the group. No Liverpool supporter feels that confident right now.

Group F

Inter host Barcelona. Dortmund host Slavia Prague. Oof.

Both are expected to win, though Inter obviously have the much more difficult task. If they both win, then what? Inter advances based on head-to-head results.

Group G

So RB Leipzig is going through in first or second. Who will join them? It won’t be Benfica. They needed to win today. Unlike Wilson Phillips, they couldn’t hold on. They’re out.

It’s a coin-flip between Zenit and Lyon. It’s hard to say who has it better. Lyon host Leipzig. The German side still have something to play for (1st) so they’ll roll out their A squad. Benfica host a Zenit team that doesn’t travel well. IF both Lyon and Zenit win, then the Russians will advance.

Group H

Chaos just may ensue here.

Chelsea host Lille. They’re heavily favored to win that match. Hold serve at home and The Blues advance.

Ajax host Valencia. A draw or win and they’re in. If Valencia win, then they advance…atop the group.

FFS Liverpool

After finishing with 97 points and not winning the Premier League last season, it would be so Liverpool to finish with 10 points in the UCL and not advance. They never make it easy.

And this is 100% on them. You have to beat Napoli at home. Have to.


What more can we say about the kid? He scored again today, making it 8. This makes him just the sixth person EVER to score a goal in each of the first 5 group stage matches. He’s 19.

Only Robert Lewandowski has more UCL goals than ERLING BRAUT HAALAND. Lew is 31. HAALAND is 19.


Romelu Lukaku defies gravity

Paulo Dybala did it yesterday. Lukaku does it today.

If Messi to Griezmann starts being a thing, watch out

You just don’t see more perfectly weighted passes than this.

Christian Pulisic can’t stop scoring

Another game, another goal.

“>Pulisic scored his first Champions League goal

today for Chelsea.

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