Real Madrid booked their ticket in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday following a one all draw with Manchester City in the penultimate Group D match at the Etihad stadium – a result that has knocked City out of the competition.
Real went ahead after 10 minutes when Karim Benzema was left unmarked and in space to score with the goal at his mercy, but City, outplayed in the first half, improved in the second and equalised with a Sergio Aguero penalty after 74 minutes.
Borussia Dortmund are also through out of group D courtesy of a 4-1 thrashing of Ajax. Marco Reus put the Germans ahead after eight minutes. Mario Goetze added the second in the 36th minute while Robert Lewandowski scored five minutes later.
Although Ajax had plenty of possession, Lewandowski added his second in the 67th minute before Daniel Hoesen scored a late consolation for the Dutch side.
Mission accomplished for big-spending Paris Saint Germain as the French capital club qualified for the knockout phase with a 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev in Group A. Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi with both goals for PSG. Porto – who had already qualified from the group – soundly beat Dynamo Zagreb in Portugal.
In Group B Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski were both on target at the Emirates to help Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over French club Montpellier – the gunners are into the last 16 with a game to spare.
Wilshere broke the deadlock at the Emirates after 49 minutes with a close-range finish and Podolski made sure of the points with a superb volley just past the hour.
The Londoners join Schalke in the next round after the Bundesliga outfit beat the Greeks of Olympiakos 1-0 at the Auf Schalke Arena.
It’s done and dusted in Group C with a game to spare – Stephan El Shaarawy and Philippe Mexès scored to hand AC Milan 2-1 win over Anderlecht that sees the seven-times European champions through.
Malaga qualify as Group C winners after a 2-2 draw with Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg, who with Anderlecht are out.