UCL Rewind: Bayern, Manchester City advance; Real Madrid held at Juventus; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester City manager Manuel Pelligrini has endured some tough criticism over English Premier League results this season, but on Tuesday he delivered on a goal that the team’s ownership didn’t see accomplished either of the last two seasons.

With a 5-2 victory over CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium, Man City clinched a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout round. Along with Pelligrini’s side, Bayern Munich, leaders of Group D with 12 points, qualified for the next round as well following a 1-0 win against Viktoria Plzen on the road.

Two early Sergio Aguero goals were supplemented by a hat-trick for Man City summer signing Alvaro Negredo. The Argentine forward’s first came inside three minutes to give the home side the lead, but his second was a thing of beauty. Aguero collected a pass in the box with his back to goal, spun, and dribbled past his defender before finishing inside the far post to go up 2-0 in the 20th minute.

The Spaniard Negredo finished Man City’s third goal of the evening before CSKA drew one back just before halftime. However, Negredo found the back of the net twice more in the second half to put the game away.

In Turin, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored for Los Blancos in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to leave Italy with three points. Juventus fought well and took a 1-0 lead just before halftime on a penalty kick goal by Arturo Vidal. A poor back pass by Juventus in the 52nd minute helped set Ronaldo up to tie the score. Eight minutes later, Ronaldo assisted to Bale, who finished low past sprawled goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

But the Italian club found an equalizer five minutes later via the head of summer signing Fernando Llorente to knot the score at 2-2, where it would stand. The result leaves Juventus with three points from four games and, surprisingly, in last place in Group B.

Also in action on Tuesday, Manchester United could only muster a 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad. A missed penalty kick from Robin Van Persie was among the low moments for David Moyes’ squad. In France, American Sacha Kljestan assisted on Anderlecht’s only goal of the game in a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain, but was sent off late for a second yellow card.

Here’s a full rundown of Tuesday’s results:

GROUP A

Real Sociedad 0-0 Manchester United

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

GROUP B

FC Copenhagen 1-0 Galatasaray

Juventus 2-2 Real Madrid

GROUP C

Olympiakos 1-0 Benfica

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Anderlecht

GROUP D

Viktoria Plzen 0-1 Bayern Munich

Manchester City 5-2 CSKA Moscow

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What did you think of these results? Which of these matches stood out to you? Impressed that Man City and Bayern have qualified for the knockout stages already? Disappointed in Man United’s performance?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to UCL Rewind: Bayern, Manchester City advance; Real Madrid held at Juventus; and more

  1. Maykol says:

    Am I crazy for predicting a Milan Madrid final?

    • Travis says:

      Its really tough to pick a final when you have no idea what the next couple draws are going to look like

    • James says:

      You are if you’re judging off Milan’s league form

    • Yevgeniy says:

      I actually had to pause for a second to see if there could be a different Milan from the one I was thinking of. Not being facetious. Since there isn’t, yet, sounds pretty crazy to me. Milan is not a Top-10 side in Europe these days, arguably not even Top-20 based on current form

    • Karol says:

      Yes. Milan doesn`t have the quality to reach the CL final.

  2. Travis says:

    City and Bayern more or less cruised through that group by default, what is more telling to me is what happened to City when they played Bayern at home and got demolished.

    • jefpal says:

      It is a bit more telling. But it was an epic performance from Bayern and subpar from City. Hopefully the second leg is a bit more competitive.

    • Increase says:

      Last year city would have found a way to lose to CSKA. They managed to lose and draw to Ajax last year. This is one thing Peligini has done for them.

  3. FRANK FROM SANTIAGO says:

    KUN!!……BEAST.

  4. Ralphwrecking says:

    United is in SERIOUS trouble.

    And I hope they suspend Young.

    • Increase says:

      The players just are not there. Ferguson worked wonders. There is no way around it. They just dont have a midfield.