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Thursday 28 November 2013

Champions League: United through after five-goal rout

Man Utd hit five past Bayer Leverkusen while Man City beat Viktoria Plzen 4-2

  • Nani rounds the Leverkusen goalkeeper to score Man Utd's fifth

  • Nasri puts Man City 2-1 up against Plzen

Both Manchester clubs won last night in the UEFA Champions League, scoring nine goals in total in the process.

Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United

Manchester United secured their berth in the last 16 thanks to their largest away victory in the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen, who are second in the Bundesliga.

Wayne Rooney was not on the scoresheet but was instrumental in the first four goals, crossing to Antonio Valencia to finish at the far post for the first, sending in the free-kick that Emir Spahic headed into his own net for the second, providing the shot that was parried into the path of Jonny Evans to score and lobbing the ball for Chris Smalling to convert to make it 4-0.

Nani got the fifth for the win that extended United’s unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions and put them on top of Group A with 11 points. Avoiding defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the final fixture will guarantee them winning the group and David Moyes, the United manager, is hoping for more of such performances.

“I’d say it’s the best we have played because we scored five goals, but it’s something I want to do regularly, not now and then,” he said. “We are in a good run of form, we had a slip-up on Sunday [in the 2-2 draw against Cardiff City, when their opponents scored in stoppage time], but in the main we’re playing well and the biggest thing is we’re improving, progressing.”

Manchester City 4-2 Viktoria Plzen

After being pegged back twice, Manchester City, who had sealed a last-16 place, secured their fourth victory in Group D.

Sergio Aguero put City ahead from the penalty spot, but Plzen levelled before half-time, Tomas Hovara the scorer. After the break, Samir Nasri restored City’s lead, only for Plzen to equalise again, this time through Daniel Kolar.

Alvaro Negredo, a second-half substitute, made it 3-2 and City were able to extend their advantage through Edin Dzeko. Manuel Pellegrini, the City manager, was nevertheless disappointed by his side’s defending.

“We can attack and we can score four goals without giving so many chances that we did today in defending,” he said. “One of the most important things to be an attacking team is to know how to defend well. Today we did very, very bad. I am not talking about individuals, I am talking about the whole team. The whole team must know how to defend.”

UEFA Youth League

A nine-man Manchester United Under-19 team went down to a 3-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen. After falling a goal behind, United went a man down when Liam Grimshaw was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity and from the resulting free-kick Leverkusen went 2-0 up.

Nicky Butt’s team got back into the tie when the Leverkusen goalkeeper was sent off for conceding a penalty, which was converted by James Wilson but a third goal for Leverkusen in added time was compounded by another red card, this time for James Weir.

United can qualify for the knockout stages if they beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the final group match at home.

Manchester City remain level at the top of Group D after a 3-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen, with Devante Cole scoring two goals and Jose Angel Pozo collecting the other.

Patrick Vieira’s side will qualify for the last 16 if they avoid defeat by Bayern Munich when they travel to Germany in two weeks.  

UEFA Champions League results

Wednesday 27 November

Group A
Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United (Valencia, Spahic og, Evans, Smalling, Nani)
Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Real Sociedad

Group D
Manchester City
(Aguero pen, Nasri, Negredo, Dzeko) 4-0 Viktoria Plzen
CSKA Moscow 1-3 Bayern Munich

UEFA Youth League

Group A
Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Manchester United (Wilson)

Group D
Manchester City
(Cole 2, Pozo) 3-0 Viktoria Plzen

UEFA Europa League fixtures

Thursday 28 November

Group A
Swansea City
v Valencia, 8.05pm

Group K
Tromso v Tottenham Hotspur, 6pm

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Key Points

  • Manchester United reach last 16 of UEFA Champions League with 5-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen
  • Manchester City earn their fourth win with a 4-2 victory over Viktoria Plzen
  • In UEFA Youth League, Man Utd are beaten but Man City triumph