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Real Madrid crush Zenit

December 11, 2008 08:44 IST

Juande Ramos began his reign as Real Madrid [Images] coach with a 3-0 home win over Zenit St Petersburg [Images] in the Champions League on Wednesday while Dynamo Kiev and Fiorentina booked UEFA [Images] Cup berths.

Holders Manchester United [Images] took top spot in Group E despite being held 2-2 at home by Danes AaB Aalborg. Villarreal were second after a 2-0 defeat at Celtic.

Two goals from Raul and a third by Arjen Robben gave Real victory over UEFA Cup holders Zenit in their first match under Ramos, who replaced the sacked Bernd Schuster on Tuesday.

The nine-times European champions finished second on goal difference in Group H behind Juventus, who were held 0-0 at home by BATE Borisov.

A Roman Eremenko goal gave Dynamo a 1-0 win over Fenerbahce to earn a spot in the UEFA Cup as third-place finishers in Group G. Porto ended top after a 2-0 home win over Arsenal, who were second.

In Group F, Alberto Gilardino's header sealed a 1-0 victory for Fiorentina at Steaua Bucharest and a place in Europe's second-tier competition. Bayern Munich beat Olympique Lyon 3-2 to finish top of the table ahead of their French opponents.

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