11 December, 2013 - 09:31

Manchester United and Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayern Munich in Champions League

Manchester United and Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayern Munich in Champions League

Manchester City fight back to beat Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena. Manchester United finish top of the group at Shakhtar’s cost.

Group A
Phil Jones relieved pressure on David Moyes as United were on the verge of continuing goal drought at Old Trafford. The midfielder scored on 67 minutes to give Manchester a narrow win over Shakhtar and secure finishing at the top of the group. Bayer Leverkusen beat reckless Real Sociedad courtesy of Toprak effort and leapfrogged Ukrainian champions in the table.

Manchester United 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Sociedad 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Group B
Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to action with a goal and missed penalty against Kobenhavn as Real Madrid outplayed the hosts 2-0. The clash between Galatasaray and Juventus was suspended due to heavy snowfall and postponed for Wednesday afternoon.

Galatasaray vs Juventus suspended
Kobenhavn 0-2 Real Madrid

Group C
Olympiacos made it to the round of 16 after beating poor 8-man Anderlecht. Javier Saviola and Vladimir Weiss failed to convert penalty kicks before Anderlecht goalkeeper Proto was sent off deep in the extra time and Alejandro Domínguez finally scored from the spot against a defender between the sticks as the Belgian side had used all their substitutions by that time. Benfica’s victory over PSG was not enough to progress and Jorge Jesus will look for another Europa League final after losing to Chelsea last season.

Benfica 2-1 PSG
Olympiacos 3-1 Anderlecht

Group D
Manchester City looked set to be brushed by Bayern another time after trailing 0-2 twelve minutes into the game. However, David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner turned the game over and marked an inspiring victory at Allianz Arena. Despite finishing second in the group, Manuel Pellegrini and his players return to England with heads held high.
Viktoria Plzen snatched a late win from 9-man CSKA Moscow to reach Europa League play-off.

Viktoria Plzen 2-1 CSKA Moscow
Bayern Munich 2-3 Manchester City

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Author: Leon Smolski

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