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5 Biggest Takeways from Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Action

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Tuesday's Five Biggest Takeways in UCL

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The fifth matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage went underway today and among the eight games played, there were some notable surprises.

Today, it was time for Groups E, F, G and H to take the pitch and with lots of team still looking to secure their place in the next round, there were some very interesting matches all over the continent.

Among the headliners of today’s journey, Borussia Dortmund hosted Napoli in a key fixture for both sides in Group F, Chelsea looked to avenge the loss suffered against Basel in the first match of the competition, and Barcelona wanted to extend their undefeated run in this campaign under Gerardo Martino’s management.

Players like Robert Lewandowski, Gonzalo Higuaín, Mesut Ozil, Kaka and Eden Hazard took the pitch as they tried to lead their teams to victory. Some were able to do it while others give their all, but their efforts weren’t rewarded with three points in the end.

There were definitively some important matches played and some shocking results, although the majority of the favorites were able to prevail after the final whistle. It’s safe to say that nothing is decided in several groups, and the final round will have some thrilling encounters as it will be the last chance for some sides to secure their place in the Round of 16.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check out the five biggest takeaways from today’s UEFA Champions League action.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Chelsea Stunned By Basel ... Again

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FC Basel stunned the world once again as they defeated Chelsea, this time by a 1-0 score thanks to Mohamed Salah, who scored with only three minutes left in the game. The Swiss side won both games against the Blues, and now they have great chances to advance into the next round. They will decide their fate against Schalke 04 on the final matchday.

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4. AC Milan's Win over Celtic

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AC Milan defeated Celtic by a clear 3-0 score and after the results from today, the Serie A outfit have a clear path to advance to the next round. They will decide their fate against a surprising Ajax team that will arrive to the final week of the group stage with a lot of confidence.

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3. Battle In Group G

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With Atletico Madrid already qualified for the next round, Zenit and FC Porto will battle for the second spot in Group G. The Portuguese side will go against Los Colchoneros, and the Russians will play against Austria Wien to decide which team will book their place in the round of 16.

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2. Group F is Up for Grabs

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Borussia Dortmund defeated Napoli and following Arsenal’s win over Marseille, The Gunners have 12 points while Napoli and Dortmund have nine points each. The Italian side will play against Arsenal, and the Bundesliga outfit will go against Marseille to decide which teams will go into the next round.

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1. Ajax's Incredible Win over Barcelona

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Ajax was the clear underdog in this game, but they pulled off an impressive victory against Barcelona that keeps them alive in the competition. Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen were the heroes for an Ajax team that suffered an early goal in the second half, but held on to the lead with 10 players, breaking Barcelona's undefeated run across all competitions. In the end, the team managed by Frank de Boer stunned the world, and now they will play against AC Milan as they will try to qualify to the next round.