The first half of fixtures for Match Day 5 of the 2012/13 Champions League season were completed tonight with all but one of the four groups in action still to be decided.
Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco heaped misery on the Blues who will now have to beat Nordsjaelland and hope Shakhtar Donetsk see off Juventus in the final group fixtures after the Ukraine side hammered the Danes 5-2 courtesy of a Luiz Adriano treble and Willian double.
Both Valencia and last season’s runner-up Bayern are now on 10 points from five outings – four clear of BATE – who missed the boat by losing to Lille who notched up their first points of the campaign.
Those two sides both sit on seven points with the Hoops more favoured to go through as they host Spartak in the final match whilst Benfica have the unenviable task of playing Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
And in Group H, Manchester United were toppled 1-0 by Galatasaray but the result did not alter the Red Devils’ progress to the next stage as they sit five points clear of the Turkish club who were joined on seven points by CFR Cluj.
A Rui Pedro hat-trick led the Romanians to a 3-1 home win over Braga who are now out of calculations with second place to be decided when Cluj head to Old Trafford on December 5 and Gala’ meet Braga away on the same date.
2012/13 UEFA Champions League scores – Match Day 5
Nordsjaelland (DEN): 2 (Morten Nordstrand 24’, Kasper Lorentzen 29’)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): 5 (Luiz Adriano 26’/53’/81’, Willian 44’/50’)
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark – 17,054
BATE Borisov (BLR): 0
Lille (FRA): 2 (Djibril Sidibe 14’, Gianni Bruno 31’, red card: Sidibe 74’)
Stadyen Dynama, Minsk, Belarus – 22,810
CFR Cluj-Napoca (ROM): 3 (Rui Pedro 7’/15’/33’)
Sporting Braga (POR): 1 (Alan 17’)
Stadionul Dr Constantin Radulescu, Cluj, Romania – 14,635