Bayern and Man City Advance in Champions League

MandzuckiBayern Munich and Manchester City booked their place in the UEFA Champions League elimination round with wins over FC Viktoria Plzeň and CSKA Moskva, respectively, while Real Madrid is all but mathematically into the next round.

Group D has turned out to be a lopsided group with both Bayern and Man City setting themselves apart from the competition.  The two sides advanced with 2 games remaining in the group play.  Mario Mandžukić scored the lone goal for the Bundesliga champions.  The other match was much more wide-open with Alvaro Negredo putting in a hat-trick after Sergio Agüero opened the match with a brace in the 5-2 win.

Real Madrid sit on top of Group B on 10 points – 6 points ahead of Galatasaray and Copenhagen and 7 points ahead of Juventus, but still have worked to do to confirm their place in the next phase.  The story of the night was Cristiano Ronaldo.  The forward scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw with Juventus to take his tally to 8 thus far in the competition.  A record for the group stage.  Gareth Bale scored the other goal.  Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente scored for the home side.  Copenhagen defeated Galatasaray 1-0 in the group’s other match.

Paris Saint-Germain are also sitting on the cusp of qualification to the next round.  The French capital side settled for a 1-1 draw with bottom dwellers Anderlecht.  All the action took place between the 68th and 70th minute.  Demy de Zeeuw opened the scoring for the visitors but Zlatan Ibrahimovic leveled matters 2 minutes later.  American Abroad Sacha Kljestan picked up two-yellow cards and was sent to the showers early in the 82nd minute.  Olympiacos claimed second place in the group with a 1-0 win over Benfica.

The teams from Group A could not muster any goals with Real Sociedad vs Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk against Bayer Leverkusen both knotted at 0-0.

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