Manchester City and Bayern Munich became the first teams to advance to the round of 16 in soccer’s Champions League, as Cristiano Ronaldo tied a record for goals in the group stage.
Alvaro Negredo scored three times last night as Manchester City beat CSKA Moscow 5-2, while substitute Mario Mandzukic gave title-holder Bayern a 1-0 win at Viktoria Plzen that matched the Champions League record for consecutive victories.
“It is historic for the club,” City captain Yaya Toure told Sky Sports after the English team reached the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time. “I hope we can win it. The target is to go as far as possible.”
The victories guarantee Bayern and City will finish first or second in Group D, with two games left. The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the last 16. Manchester United stayed atop Group A after a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad.
Ronaldo scored his competition-leading eighth goal in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Juventus. The Portuguese forward tied the record for group-stage goals shared by Hernan Crespo, Filippo Inzaghi and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s seventh Champions League goal this season earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-1 draw at winless Anderlecht. Real and PSG, who won their first three matches, lead their groups with 10 points.
Copenhagen and Olympiacos won 1-0, while Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen played out a scoreless draw. Eight games will be played tonight including Arsenal at Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona hosting AC Milan.
Bayern Munich had to wait until the 65th minute to score in the Czech Republic as Mandzukic headed in Philipp Lahm’s cross. Bayern matched Barca’s 2002-03 team by winning nine straight games and leads its group with the maximum 12 points.
“Matching Barcelona’s record is great for us, but we were really hoping for a better performance,” Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said on the website of tournament organizer UEFA.
Manchester City booked its first appearance in the knockout stage with the home win over CSKA.
Sergio Aguero scored twice in the opening 20 minutes and Negredo made it 3-0 before halftime. Negredo then scored twice in the second half, completing his hat trick in stoppage time.
Fernando Llorente’s 65th-minute goal gave Juventus the home draw with Group B leader Real Madrid. Arturo Vidal had put the Italian champion ahead with a first-half penalty before Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored for record nine-time European Cup winner Real after halftime.
Real has a six-point lead over Copenhagen and Galatasaray with Juventus seven points back. Copenhagen beat Galatasaray 1-0 in Denmark on Daniel Braaten’s sixth-minute goal.
Anderlecht earned its first point, and scored its first goal in Group C, with the away draw in Paris. Olympiacos moved into second place with seven points after beating Benfica on a goal from Kostas Manolas.
The Group A positions remained the same following a pair of scoreless draws.
Robin van Persie missed a second-half penalty kick for Manchester United at Real Sociedad. United, which had Marouane Fellaini sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time, tops the group with eight points.
“We should have won, we had enough chances,” United manager David Moyes told ITV. “We had a good chance to go clear in the group and take three points and we should have.”
Bayer Leverkusen’s draw at Shakhtar Donetsk kept it second with seven points, two more than its Ukrainian opponent.
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