CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAP: Arsenal lose but through, Real Madrid hammer Ajax as Man City’s European dream extinguished

The first half of Champions Leagues fixtures for Match Day 6 have been complete with no real surprises in terms of teams progressing to the Round of 16.

In Group A, Paris Saint-Germain finished top courtesy of their 2-1 home win over second-placed FC Porto thanks to goals from Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi whilst Dynamo Kyiv moved into the Europa League after drawing 1-1 with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

Group B saw Arsenal lose 2-1 at Olympiakos after leading at the break but they were able to finish second behind Schalke who drew 1-1 with Montpelllier in France.

Malaga remained top of Group C after their 2-2 draw with Anderlecht whilst AC Milan stuttered through to the next phase despite losing 1-0 at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

And in Group D, Premier League champions Manchester City finished dead bottom without a win after losing 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund whilst Jose Callejon netted a double along with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka as Real Madrid ended up second with a 4-1 home victory over Ajax.

Tomorrow night’s fixtures should provide plenty of action as reigning champions Chelsea look to keep their title defence alive by beating Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge and hope that Group E leaders Shakhtar Donetsk can take care of second-placed Juventus.

In Group G, Celtic need to better what Benfica produce at Barcelona when they host Spartak Moscow as the already-qualified Manchester United can breathe easy in Group H as third-placed Cluj attempt to knock them off for a place in the Round of 16.

Elsewhere, Lille host Valencia, BATE Borisov are away at Bayern Munich as Galatasaray look to join United in the next phase when taking on Sporting Braga.

2012/13 UEFA Champions League scores – Match Day 6

Group A

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 2 (Thiago Silva 29’, Ezequiel Lavezzi 61’)
FC Porto (POR): 1 (Jackson Martinez 33’)
Parc des Princes, Paris, France – 45,512

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO): 1 (Ivan Krstanovic (p) 90+5’)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR): 1 (Andriy Iarmolenko 45’+1’)
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia

Group standings
PSG - Round of 16
Porto - Round of 16
Kyiv - Europa League
Zagreb

Group B

Olympiakos (GRE): 2 (Giannis Maniatis 64’, Kostas Mitroglou 73’)
Arsenal (ENG): 1 (Tomas Rosicky 38’)
Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens, Greece – 28,128

Montpellier (FRA): 1 (Emanuel Herrera 59’)
Schalke (GER): 1 (Benedikt Howedes 56’)
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France – 23,142

Group standings
Schalke - Ro16
Arsenal - Ro16
Olympiakos - EL
Montpellier

Group C

Malaga (SPN): 2 (Duda 45’/61’)
Anderlecht (BEL): 2 (Milan Jovanovic 50’, Dieumerci Mbokani 89’)
La Rosaleda, Malaga, Spain

AAC Milan (ITA): 0
Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): 1 (Danny 35’)
San Siro, Milan, Italy – 29,508

Group standings
Malaga - Ro16
Milan - Ro16
Zenit - EL
Anderlecht

Group D

Borussia Dortmund (GER): 1 (Julian Schieber 57’)
Manchester City (ENG): 0
Signal-Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany – 65,829

Real Madrid (SPN): 4 (Cristiano Ronaldo 13’, Jose Callejon 28’/88’, Kaka 49’)
Ajax Amsterdam (NED): 1 (Derk Boerrigter 59’)
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – 57,245

Group standings
Dortmund - Ro16
Real Madrid - Ro16
Ajax - EL
Man City

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