FC Bayern München and Manchester City FC are the first two teams through to the round of 16 on a night when two UEFA Champions League records were equalled.
Mario Mandžukić struck on 65 minutes to set Bayern on course for a 1-0 victory at FC Viktoria Plzeň. With City beating PFC CSKA Moskva 5-2 that meant the two Group D qualifiers were confirmed with two games to spare. It was Bayern’s ninth UEFA Champions League win in a row, matching the competition high set by FC Barcelona in 2002/03.
Madrid trailed 1-0 to Juventus at half-time but Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored to put them on course for early progress, only for Fernando Llorente to make it 2-2. Still, with his eighth goal in the tournament this season, Ronaldo has equalled the group-stage record shared by Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03). FC København’s 1-0 defeat of Galatasaray AŞ leaves both a point ahead of Juve and six behind Group B leaders Madrid, not yet through mathematically.
Also having to wait to confirm a knockout berth are Paris Saint-Germain, who needed Zlatan Ibrahimović to make it seven for the group stage to hold visitors RSC Anderlecht 1-1. That keeps Anderlecht in contention, too, as Olympaicos FC beat SL Benfica 1-0. Paris, Olympiacos, Benfica and Anderlecht are – in that order – at three-point intervals in Group C.
There were no goals in Group A so Manchester United FC stay top, a point ahead of Bayer 04 Leverkusen as they were respectively held at Real Sociedad de Fútbol and FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Shakhtar are two adrift of Leverkusen and four in front of La Real, who like Anderlecht secured a first point.
These groups continue on 27 November but tomorrow Groups E-H resume with Club Atlético de Madrid able to progress if they emulate Bayern in making it four wins out of four.
Confirmed qualifiers: FC Bayern München, Manchester City FC
Unable to reach round of 16: PFC CSKA Moskva, FC Viktoria Plzeň
Matchday 4 Results:
Shakhtar Donetsk – Bayer Leverkusen 0-0
Real Sociedad – Manchester Utd 0-0
Juventus – Real Madrid 2-2
Copenhagen – Galatasaray 1-0
Paris Saint-Germain – Anderlecht 1-1
Olympiacos – Benfica 1-0
Manchester City – CSKA Sofia 5-2
Victoria Plzen – Bayern Munich 0-1
Basel – Steaua Bucharest
Chelsea – Schalke
Borussia Dortmund – Arsenal
Napoli – Olympique Marseille
Zenit St Petersburg – Porto
Atletico Madrid – Austria Wien
Ajax – Celtic
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