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CL PHOTOS: Ronaldo sets record, Leverkusen, Olympiakos into last 16

Last updated on: December 11, 2013 14:37 IST

CL PHOTOS: Ronaldo sets record, Leverkusen, Olympiakos into last 16

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo set a Champions League group phase scoring record on Tuesday as Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiakos Piraeus reached the last 16 and snow forced Galatasaray's match with Juventus to be abandoned.

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 November 23, scored with a simple close-range finish three minutes after the break, Real's second after Luka Modric's delightful opener.


Image: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
Photographs: Sergio Perez/Reuters

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Bayern Munich's 10 consecutive Champions League wins came to an end

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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.

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 told Sky Sports Deutschland. "But we can live with the defeat, we are still group winners."


Image: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola (centre) reacts
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

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City's revenge

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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.

"We wanted revenge for the first game (Bayern won 3-1) and to show it was not that different between Bayern and our team," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

"To win here and score three goals without Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero shows we have a very good squad also, so it's a very important victory."


Image: Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov (centre) celebrates with James Millner (left) and Joleon Lescott after scoring a goal
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

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Extraordinary victories for Leverkusen, Olympiakos

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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 1-0 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.


Image: Bayer Leverkusen players celebrate a goal
Photographs: Vincent West/Reuters

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'The win helps us, improves our form'

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After losing two successive Premier League games at Old Trafford, Manchester United stopped the rot thanks to a second-half Phil 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."

Viktoria Plzen scored two late goals to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 to secure third place and a Europa League spot in Group D.

Substitute Tomas Wagner rifled home the winner in the 90th minute to send Plzen into the Europa League at the expense of CSKA who finished with nine men after Alan Dragoev and Pontus Wernbloom were dismissed late on.


Image: Phil Jones of Manchester United crosses the ball
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Galatasaray oust Juve with late Sneijder winner

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Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder struck late to clinch a 1-0 win over Juventus and a Champions League last 16 spot at the expense of the Italians on Wednesday as they completed a match abandoned due to snow a day earlier.

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 Madrid won the group with 16 points having beaten bottom side FC Copenhagen 2-0 away on Tuesday.


Image: Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray (2nd R) celebrates his goal against Juventus during their Champions League soccer match in Istanbul
Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters

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Juventus created few chances

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The rearranged game in Istanbul restarted in the 32nd minute on Wednesday after being abandoned due to heavy snowfall on Tuesday. Both teams struggled on a muddy pitch which made passing a major challenge, forcing them to hit long balls.

Juventus created few chances, mostly through the work rate of their Argentina striker Carlos Tevez whose cheeky backheel in a fine move after 79 minutes was wasted by Claudio Marchisio whose tame effort was easily saved by Fernando Muslera.

Galatasaray's Netherlands playmaker Sneijder, teamed up with Ivory Coast striker Drogba to create chances, especially after the hour when Juve were pushed into their own half, and the combination paid dividends five minutes from time.

The only consolation for Juve is that they have a chance to play in the Europa League final at their home stadium on May 14.


Image: Carlos Tevez (L) of Juventus challenges Selcuk Inan (C) of Galatasaray during their Champions League soccer match in Istanbul
Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters

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