Bayern Munich have broken the record for most successive wins in the UEFA Champions League by recording their 10th-straight victory on Wednesday night.
Goals from Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller (penalty) got the job done for Pep Guardiola’s men who top Group D with one match remaining and will only fall to second if they lose to Manchester City 3-0 at home on December 10.
City retained second spot with a so-so 4-2 win over Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium which eventually came after they twice squandered the lead.
However, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko produced late goals to help Manuel Pellegrini’s side record a third straight victory in the competition.
In the other Group A match, Shakhtar Donetsk cruised past Real Sociedad 4-0 to move to second spot ahead of Leverkusen prior to the German side’s crucial meeting with the Spaniards next month.
Real Madrid produced a masterclass performance to beat Galatasaray 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu despite being reduced to ten man prior to the half-hour mark when Sergio Ramos was hauled off for denying Umut Bulut a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Gareth Bale gave Madrid a 37th minute lead with a sublime free-kick from 35 yards before Bulut answered swiftly for the Turkish side.
After the break, however, it was all Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid as Alvaro Arbeloa, Angel di Maria and Isco supplied the goals that kept them seven points clear on top of Group B.
In that group’s other fixture, Juventus were served by an Arturo Vidal hat-trick – courtesy of two penalties – to beat FC Copenhagen 3-1 in Turin, allowing them to go outright second.
And in Group C, Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his eighth goal of the group stage as Paris Saint-Germain secured their spot in the Round of 16 with a last-gasp 2-1 home triumph over Olympiakos thanks to Edinson Cavani’s late goal.
Benfica also produced a late show to beat Anderlecht 3-2 in Belgium which keeps the hopes of the Portuguese side alive as they join Olympiakos in second place on seven points with one fixture remaining.
2013/14 UEFA Champions League – Matchday 5 scores
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 2 (Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7’, Edinson Cavani 90’, red card: Marco Verratti 46’)
Olympiakos (GRE): 1 (Konstantinos Manolas 80’)
Parc des Princes, Paris, France – 44,466
Manchester City (ENG): 4 (Sergio Aguero (p) 33’, Samir Nasri 65’, Alvaro Negredo 78’, Edin Dzeko 89’)
Viktoria Plzen (CZE): 2 (Tomas Horava 43’, Stanislav Tecl 69’)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England – 37,742
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