UEFA: Man United, Real Join PSG In R/16

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Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all qualified for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, joining Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and title-holders Bayern Munich in the draw for the next round.
Fifa.com reports that two struggling former European champions, Juventus and Benfica, got their campaigns back on track with respective victories over Copenhagen (3-1) and Anderlecht (3-2), but the sixth and final Matchday will looks likely to test their mettle further, as tough matches against Galatasaray and PSG await.
Finally, it is worth noting that a total of 36 goals were scored during the second installment of Matchday 5, which equates to a remarkable average of 4.5 per game.
Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-5 to Manchester United, with goals from Antonio Valencia 22, Emir Spahic o.g. 30, Jonny Evans 65, Chris Smalling 77, Nani 88
United, who had failed to win any of their last four Champions League outings away from home (three draws and one defeat), took 20 minutes to find their feet in this Group A encounter, before their experience, clinical finishing and pure talent combined to completely overpower Leverkusen.
First, Ryan Giggs fed Wayne Rooney down the left, who looped over a fine angled cross to the back post, where Antonio Valencia stretched to knock the ball home.
Eight minutes later, Bayer conceded a free-kick which Rooney proceeded to whip into the net, with the help of a mistimed header by Bosnian defender Emir Spahic.
Die Werkself already looked as if they would prefer to hear the final whistle rather than the half-time one, and after the break things got even worse, as goals by Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling, both set up by Rooney again, made it 4-0. In the final minutes, Giggs found Nani, who rounded the ’keeper to put the icing on the cake for the Red Devils.
Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Real Sociedad 4-0, as Basques went toe-to-toe with Shakhtar for 37 minutes before succumbing to a Luiz Adriano shot.
The second half would be a much more dispiriting experience for the visitors, as Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa (twice) built up an unassailable lead for Donetsk.
The Ukrainians, who hold a one-point advantage over Bayer Leverkusen, now have their destiny in their own hands, but must travel to Manchester in the final week.


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