Champions League round-up: Real Madrid score 8, Manchester United crash out
With Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 at the Philips Stadion, Manchester United were consigned to an early Champions League exit after Louis van Gaal’s side failed to get the win they needed against Wolfsburg to progress in the competition.
United lost 3-2 at the Volkswagen Arena despite going ahead in the 10th minute, and now enter the Europa League after finishing third in Group B.
It was a hugely eventful evening in Germany, with an 82nd minute Wolfsburg own goal almost enough to send the Red Devils through, with their rivals for second spot, PSV, then drawing against their Russian opponents. But late goals from the Dutch side and Wolfsburg sent Van Gaal’s United crashing out at the group stage, as the pressure continues to mount on the former Netherlands national team boss.
Real Madrid, who had already qualified for the knockout stages before Tuesday’s matches, enjoyed a record-breaking evening in the Spanish capital, smashing Swedish minnows Malmo 8-0 to equal the biggest ever victory in the Champions League group stage.
Karim Benzema scored a hat trick and Cristiano Ronaldo hit four in the rout, consolidating his standing as the competition’s record goalscorer. The Portuguese captain also becomes the first player in history to score 10 goals or more in the group stage, with the 30-year-old finishing with 11 goals in 6 group games.
Ronaldo's 4 goals today vs Malmö! What a performance he had! 👌 https://t.co/pPHGZ0fBgg— Amir (@CrZoloh) December 9, 2015
Manchester City came from behind at the Etihad to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-2, with birthday boy Raheem Sterling scoring twice in the second half. And, with Italian champions Juventus losing 1-0 at Sevilla, Manuel Pellegrini’s side finish top of Group D, with Juventus qualifying as runners-up.
In Group C, Atletico Madrid beat Portuguese side Benfica to claim top spot with goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Luciano Vietto giving Diego Simeone’s side a 2-1 win. Benfica finished in second place in the group.
Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimović became Paris Saint-Germain’s record European goalscorer in a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the French capital. The Swedish striker scored the second goal of the evening against the Ukrainians, eclipsing Liberian legend George Weah’s record of 16 European goals for the French side. PSG finish second in Group A behind Real Madrid.
Shakhtar (A), Manchester United (B), Galatasaray (C) and Sevilla (D) all drop down into the Europa League after finishing third in their respective groups.