Another LaLiga Promises Santander in Arona and another thrilling group stage has come and gone to pave way for an enticing knockout stage. It was an intense and surprising few days of football, during which the reigning champions, FC Barcelona, were eliminated.
Fans had to wait until the final moments to know which teams would progress. Valencia CF and FC Barcelona took part in an energetic final match in which the Ché ended up defeating the Culés 3-2 – eliminating them from a tournament of which they were reigning champions. The Valencian side will join PSG in the knockout stage, who finished second in the group.
Villarreal CF earned first place in the group after defeating SL Benfica 1-0, who could thus not qualify. The club from Castellón finished the group stage without having conceded a single goal. They will be joining FC Internazionale Milano, who drew with Atletico Madrid in a match that resulted in the Madrileño side’s exit from the tournament.
Sevilla FC qualified for the Final 8 of LaLiga Promises Santander after a string of victories in the group stage and following their 2-1 victory over Juventus. With nine points the Sevillian outfit finish first in Group C and RCD Espanyol finished second, who will also be progressing to the next round.
Real Betis and Real Madrid met in the final match of the Group Stage having both already qualified. The only thing left to decide would be who was to finish in first place and who in second. Betis took the lead early on and ended up defeating the team from Madrid 4-1.
After a day of exciting football action, the stage is set for The Final 8:
Villarreal CF – Paris Saint-Germain
Valencia CF - FC Internazionale Milano
Sevilla FC – Real Madrid
R. Betis – RCD Espanyol
The four matches of the Final 8 will take place on Saturday morning, while the semi-finals will be held in the afternoon – and the playoff for third place and the Grand Final are to take place on Saturday night.