Wednesday 06 November 2013
Manchester City became the first Barclays Premier League club to reach the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League after hitting five goals past CSKA Moscow, while Manchester United remain top of their group despite being held to a goalless draw at Real Sociedad.
Manchester City have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time after easing to a comfortable home win over CSKA Moscow. Alvaro Negredo helped himself to a hat-trick and Sergio Aguero scored twice as City strolled to their third Group D success, assuring themselves at least a runners-up berth in the section.
"Now we play our last two games thinking about coming first in the group, which is important"
Aguero set the ball rolling when he converted a third-minute penalty after David Silva had been felled by Zoran Tosic, and the Argentina international scored on the turn to double his side's lead on 20 minutes. The 25-year-old striker then teed up Negredo to score from close range on the half-hour before Doumbia reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time.
Negredo scored his second early in the second half and although Doumbia scored again with a spot-kick awarded after he had been brought down by Gael Clichy, Negredo rounded off the scoring in added time to take his side through to the last 16 with two games to spare.
"It is the first step but it is an important one, as the club have not qualified in the last two years," Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini told uefa.com. "The first target was to reach the last 16. Tonight we did that. I always want the team to score more goals, to get as many as they can. [CSKA] did not have too many chances, we scored five and had a lot of chances.
"Now we play our last two games thinking about coming first in the group, which is important. We will see what happens in February – it's difficult to know, anything can happen in the knockout phase. Any team we play against could be first in their group so it will be difficult."
Manchester United remain top of Group A despite being held to a goalless stalemate in San Sebastian.
"You need to take your chances and opportunities when they come"
United enjoyed the better of the contest, creating three presentable chances in the second half, with Javier Hernandez clearing the bar with a close-range shot and substitute Robin van Persie hitting the post shortly after his introduction, following another accurate centre from Ashley Young.
Van Persie hit the same post with a 69th-minute penalty, after Young had gone to ground in the penalty area, and a frustrating evening for David Moyes's charges was compounded by the late dismissal of Marouane Fellaini for a second bookable offence.
Leaders United lie a point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and three clear of Shakhtar Donetsk who also shared a goalless draw on Tuesday. Those two sides will provide the Barclays Premier League champions' final group opponents over the next two matches.
"We should have won - we had enough chances," said United manager David Moyes. "We controlled the game and the team was on top for the majority. When Robin [van Persie] hit the post and then missed the penalty... it happens, but not too often with Robin, thankfully.
"We had a good chance to go clear in the group tonight and take three points, and we should have won. You need to take your chances and opportunities when they come. We missed them tonight, but we are still in a good position."
Manchester United avenged Real Sociedad for inflicting a narrow home defeat upon them two weeks ago by beating the Spanish side 2-0 in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday. Goals by captain James Wilson and Joe Rothwell means Nicky Butt's side now trail their table-topping opponents by three points and second-placed Shakhtar by one heading into their 27 November encounter with already eliminated Bayer Leverkusen.
CSKA Moscow edged ahead of their opponents at the Group D summit after coming from behind to beat Man City, who had taken the lead in the 21st minute through through in-form striker Seko Fofana's - scorer of two goals in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Friday. City, who drew with the Russian outfit a fortnight ago, were largely on top until CSKA, who hit the woodwork through Aleksandr Makarov before the interval, levelled midway through the second period with an Aleksandr Golovin goal. Nikita Chernov nodded in Svyatoslav Georgievski's free-kick with 12 minutes to go and although Jason Denayer's powered a header against the bar in the dying seconds CSKA held on for the away win.
Tuesday 5 November
Real Sociedad 0-0 Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester City (Aguero 2, Negredo 3) 5-2 CSKA Moscow
Viktoria Plzen 0-1 Bayern Munich
Wednesday 6 November
Chelsea v Schalke, 7.45pm
FC Basel v Steaua Bucharest, 7.45pm
Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal, 7.45pm
Napoli v Marseille, 7.45pm
Tuesday 5 November
Real Sociedad 0-2 Manchester United (Wilson, Rothwell )
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester City (Fofana) 1-2 CSKA Moscow
Viktoria Plzen 1-4 Bayern Munich
Wednesday 6 November
Chelsea v Schalke, 4pm
FC Basel v Steaua Bucharest, 3pm
Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal, 4pm
Napoli v Marseille, 3pm