London: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo set a Champions League group phase scoring record, on Tuesday, by netting nine goals.
Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiakos Piraeus made the last 16 even, while Manchester United rode a Phil Jones strike to beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0.
Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder struck late to clinch a 1-0 win over Juventus and a last-16 spot at the expense of the Italians, on Wednesday, as they completed a match abandoned due to snow a day earlier.
Holders Bayern Munich’s record-breaking run of 10 consecutive Champions League wins came to an unceremonious end after Manchester City staged a memorable fightback after conceding two early goals to win 3-2 at the Allianz Arena. However, Bayern still won Group D with City finishing in second place.
Prolific Ronaldo took his tally to nine for the campaign in Real’s 2-0 win at FC Copenhagen, with the nine-time champions also setting an all-time record in European competitions by netting in 31 successive matches.
Ronaldo, in his first game back since sustaining a muscle strain on Nov. 23, scored with a simple close-range finish three minutes after the break, Real’s second after Luka Modric’s delightful opener.
Sneijder broke the deadlock in the 85th minute after being set up by a headed knock down from striker Didier Drogba, firing a low shot past Gianluigi Buffon in the Group B match which was again beset by snowy conditions that make the pitch slippery.
Galatasaray’s win lifted them above the Serie A champions into second with seven points compared to six for Juve, who drop into the Europa League. Real won the group with 16 points.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola suffered only his second loss in 25 matches since taking over from Jupp Heynckes. “When you go 2-0 ahead, you have to play better than that,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said. “But we can live with the defeat, we are still group winners.”
A heavy loss looked on the cards for City when slack defending allowed Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze to fire the German side 2-0 ahead after 12 minutes.
David Silva started the comeback with a simple finish to reduce the deficit by the break and James Milner won a penalty, converted by Aleksandar Kolarov, and side-footed the winner in a three-minute second-half spell.
Leverkusen’s 1-0 win at Real Sociedad put them through as runners-up behind Manchester United in Group A. The Bundesliga side’s victory, earned by Oemer Toprak’s second-half goal, lifted them above Shakhtar Donetsk into second after the Ukrainians lost 0-1 at United.
Javier Saviola scored twice as Olympiakos pipped Benfica to second spot in Group C by beating visitors Anderlecht 3-1.
In an extraordinary match, the Belgians finished with eight men after the Greeks scored one penalty and had two saved by keeper Silvia Proto, including one from Saviola. The Anderlecht stopper spoiled his night by getting sent off in stoppage-time, joining Cheikhou Kouyate and Fabrice N’Sakala in seeing red.
Benfica won 2-1 against group winners Paris St Germain, who rested top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but drop into the Europa League despite finishing on 10 points along with Olympiakos who enjoyed head-to-head superiority over the Lisbon club.
After losing two successive Premier League games at Old Trafford, United stopped the rot thanks to a second-half Jones goal at Old Trafford which sent Shakhtar into the Europa League. “We wanted to top the group and we have. The win helps us, improves our form,” said manager David Moyes. “A club like Manchester United has to be trying to win the trophy.” (Reuters)