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Champions League wrap: Onward for 7 dreamers

APTOPIX Greece Soccer Champions League

Ajax’s Dusan Tadic jumps in the air as he celebrates after scoring his side opening goal during a Group E Champions League soccer match between AEK Athens and Ajax at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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Seven of eight potential knockout round berths were sewn up Tuesday on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]


Bayern Munich 5-1 Benfica

The old guard was roaring for Bayern, as the first of Robert Lewandowski’s two goals was his 50th Champions League goal for Bayern. He joined Arjen Robben in recording a double, and Franck Ribery also scored in the win.

Benfica will head to the Europa League.

AEK Athens 0-2 Ajax

Ajax is back in the knockout rounds after a Dusan Tadic double gave them an away win and second place in the group after of a Dec. 12 visit from leaders Bayern.

Group E
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Bayern Munich5410122102-1-02-0-013
Ajax53208262-0-01-2-011
Benfica5113511-60-1-11-0-24
AEK Athens5005212-100-0-30-0-20


Lyon 2-2 Manchester City -- RECAP

End-to-end action in France, where Pep Guardiola’s men twice trailed to Maxwel Cornet goals (the first one a stunner). But Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero headed home equalizers off set pieces as Man City avoided a series sweep and advanced to the knockout rounds along with their hosts.

Hoffenheim 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

Taison’s second goal of the match marched Shakhtar Donetsk into third place in the group as Hoffenheim’s rally from a 2-0 deficit wasn’t enough in the end. Ismaily and Taison scored a minute apart in the first half, but Andrej Kramaric had it 2-1 two minutes later and Steven Zuber leveled the score before halftime.

Group F
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Manchester City531114591-0-12-1-010
Lyon5140111010-3-01-1-07
Shakhtar Donetsk5122715-80-1-11-1-15
1899 Hoffenheim50321012-20-1-20-2-03


CSKA Moscow 1-2 Viktoria Plzen

Nikola Vlasic’s 10th minute penalty was all the hosts could muster, as Roman Prochazka and Lukas Hejda scored second half goals to keep Viktoria’s Europa League hopes alive.

Roma 0-2 Real Madrid

CSKA’s loss was Roma’s and Real’s gain, as both clubs knew they had qualified for the knockout rounds before they kicked off in Italy. Gareth Bale scored just after halftime then helped Lucas Vazquez put the match to bed in the 59th minute.

Group G
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Real Madrid5401122102-0-02-0-112
Roma530210642-0-11-0-19
Viktoria Plzen5113515-100-1-11-0-24
CSKA Moscow511359-41-0-20-1-14


Juventus 1-0 Valencia

Mario Mandzukic’s 59th minute goal made sure Valencia dropped the points necessary to open the door for Manchester United.

Manchester United 1-0 Young Boys -- RECAP

David De Gea made a spectacular reaction save minutes before Marouane Fellaini saved United blushes and clinched a spot in the next round for the Red Devils.

Group H
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAway

PTS

Juventus54018262-0-12-0-012
Manchester United53116241-1-12-0-010
València512245-11-0-10-2-15
Young Boys5014211-90-1-10-0-31

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