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Manchester United suffer Champions League misery and head to Europa League


Manchester United suffer Champions League misery and head to Europa League


Manchester United were eliminated from the Champions League at the Group stage on their return to the competition after a season’s absence.

Louis Van Gaal’s side were outclassed 3-2 by Wolfsburg, who progress to the last 16 as Group B winners.

Anthony Martial opened up the scoring after ten minutes for United, who started the brighter.

But it was all Wolfsburg after that.

Naldo equalised three minutes later before Vieirinha fired the Germans in front on the half hour mark.

An own goal from Joshua Guilavogui offered a glimmer of hope for a lacklustre United side with eight minutes remaining but two minutes later Naldo was on target again to send the home fans into wild jubilation and his club into the last 16 as group winners.

PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow to grab the runners up spot which sends United into the Europa League.

Atletico Madrid downed Benfica in a top of a table clash in Group C.

Saul Niguez and Luciano Dario Vietto handed the Spaniards a 2-1 victory to send them through to the last 16 as Group winners while Benfica also progress in second place.

Galatasaray drew with FC Astana which was good enough to seal third spot and a Europa league birth for the Turks.

Manchester City scored three goals in the final ten minutes to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2.

Raheem Sterling scored twice while David Silva and Wilfried Bony hit one apiece to help Manuel Pellegrini’s side leapfrog Juventus at the top of Group D after the Italian champions lost 1-0 at Sevilla.

Man City win the group ahead of Juve, Sevilla head to the Europa League while Moenchengladbach head home.

And finally Real Madrid produced a stunning goal-fest in the Spanish capital.

The ten-time champions thrashed Malmo 8-0. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four, Karim Benzema hit three while Mateo Kovacic completed the rout.

Real had already won the group ahead of Paris St Germain who finished off with a 2-0 win over
Shakhtar Donetsk.

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