The UEFA Champions League returned to action on matchday five, and Borussia Dortmund had a pivotal clash against AC Milan. These are two of the teams in the proverbial Group of Death with PSG and Newcastle. With a win on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund secured a spot in the knockout stages with a game to spare. Milan slumped to the bottom of the group because of a draw against Newcastle. However, PSG, Newcastle and Milan are still alive when it comes to reaching the round of 16.

This shapes up a dramatic final day in two weeks. Borussia Dortmund welcomes PSG. The German side is already through, but it is yet to lock up the top spot in the group. Therefore, it still has something to play for. In the round of 16 draw, group winners cannot play group winners.

Milan has the slimmest of chances to qualify. Not only does it have to win at Newcastle, but it needs Dortmund to beat PSG.

Borussia Dortmund dispatches Milan at the San Siro

The game started with each team earning a penalty with no hesitation from the center referee. Samuel Chukwueze forced a handball from the Dortmund defense. However, Olivier Giroud stepped up to take the penalty, and Gregor Kobel denied the Frenchman. At the other end, Marco Reus converted his penalty to give Borussia Dortmund the lead.

Chukwueze did eventually score for Milan to level the contest. Strong footwork allowed the Nigerian to create a shooting opportunity that he blasted into Dortmund’s net.

In the second half, Dortmund converted all of its chances, while Milan left its begging. Teenage sensation Jamie Bynoe-Gittens restored Borussia Dortmund’s lead in the second half. A well-worked team goal had a clever finish from the Englishman to give Dortmund the lead.

Dortmund wrapped the game up as second-half substitute Karim Adeyemi iced the game. A strong finish beat the desperate attempt of Mike Maignan to keep the ball out. With the game put to bed, the attention of fans then shifted to France. Milan hoped for either a Newcastle win or a draw to keep its chances of qualifying alive.

For much of that time, Newcastle was winning. However, a moment of controversy transpired in stoppage time. Tino Livramento handled the ball in the box after the ball deflected off his body. The modern rules of the game deemed the situation a handball. Kylian Mbappe stepped up to convert the penalty. That game finished at 1-1.

Setting up the final matchday in Group F

As stated, PSG will travel to Borussia Dortmund to close out its group stage. PSG controls its destiny if it is to qualify. Newcastle hosts Milan, but both of those teams can qualify if PSG drops points. Still, finishing third in the group would mean relegation to the Europa League Playoffs, which is still a worthy competition.