Bayern Munich and Juventus rolled to victories, Chelsea and Barcelona won narrow but commanding away victories, and Cristiano Ronaldo is perhaps the lone reason Manchester United isn’t in the Europa League with two match days remaining.
Ansu Fati’s thundering goal kept Barcelona in contention for second place behind Bayern, while Unai Emery’s farewell game as Villarreal manager finished in a 2-0 victory over Young Boys, putting them in a strong position in Group F.
As Malmo held hard but eventually fell to the reigning champions, Callum Hudson-Odoi set up easy Man of the Match recipient Hakim Ziyech for a goal.
Christian Pulisic, a member of the USMNT, came off the bench for Chelsea and put up a spirited performance with no signs of exhaustion or injury.
Juventus’ attack oozed class in hanging four on their Russian guests, with Paulo Dybala scoring twice and setting up Alvaro Morata for another.
Juve also enjoyed a good effort from Weston McKennie and overcame a Leonardo Bonucci own goal before scoring three times and seeing Sardar Azmoun score Zenit’s second goal.
Wolfsburg 2-1 RB Salzburg
Salzburg appears to be unable to just stroll into the knockout stages, as Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels produced five stops to lift Wolfsburg to a five-point lead.
Wolfsburg’s Ridle Baku and Lukas Nmecha scored, and USMNT defender John Brooks was sent off for a foul on national teammate Brenden Aaronson, who was outstanding in the loss, winning 13 of 19 duels.
Sevilla 1-2 Lille
The French champions overcame an early Lucas Ocampos goal when Canadian star Jonathan David converted an equalizing penalty before halftime and Jonathan Ikone put them up for good shortly after the break.
In hanging a five-spot on Benfica, Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick despite having a penalty saved, while both Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry scored lovely goals.
The Portuguese visitors led 2-1 after a Felipe Morato goal and 4-2 after a late Darwin Nunez goal, but it never looked like it would be enough.
Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Barcelona
Ansu Fati courageous enough to take Lionel Messi’s No. 10 shirt, and now he’s done what the great one did so many times in a Barcelona shirt: saved the team’s Champions League bacon.
Barca won in Ukraine thanks to Fati’s 70th-minute goal, putting them six points clear of Benfica.
Villarreal 2-0 Young Boys
Etienne Capoue, a former Spurs and Watford player, scored a goal and set up Arnaut Danjuma for another, putting Unai Emery’s Yellow Submarine in a first-place tie with Manchester United for the time being.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Manchester United came from behind twice to tie 2-2 with Atalanta in a UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday night. Keeping them top of Champions League Group F. Duvan Zapata had a special day with a goal and an assist for the Bergamo-based aside.