CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAP: Real Madrid qualify with Man City and Man Utd both recording wins

Match-day 4 of the 2011/12 Champions League has been completed with tonight’s matches involving teams from Group A through to Group D.

Match-day 4 of the 2011/12 Champions League has been completed with tonight’s matches involving teams from Group A through to Group D.

In Munich, German giants Bayern Munich skipped away to a 3-0 lead against Napoli courtesy of a first-half hat-trick from Mario Gomez before the Italians rallied thanks to a goal either side of the break from Federico Fernandez. Both teams lost players to red cards in the second half as Munich held out for a vital win which put them on top of Group A, three points clear of Manchester City who won 3-0 at Villarreal via a Yaya Toure brace and Mario Balotelli penalty.

In Group B, Inter Milan went four points clear on top with a 2-1 home win over Lille whilst CSKA Moscow and Trabzonspor kept their qualification hopes alive with a scoreless draw in Turkey.

Last season’s runners-up Manchester United got the job done with a 2-0 home win over Otelul Galati as Benfica and FC Basel drew 1-1 in Lisbon in Group C whilst Real Madrid booked their spot in the final 16 thanks to a 2-0 result at Lyon courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo double and Ajax Amsterdam were far too good for Dinamo Zagreb winning 4-0 to move clear in second place in Group D.

2011/12 Champions League scores – group stage

Group A

Bayern Munich (GER): 3 (Mario Gomez 17’/23’/42’, red card: Holger Badstuber 77’)
Napoli (ITA): 2 (Federico Fernandez 45’/79’, red card: Juan Zuniga 70’)
Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich

Villarreal (ESP): 0
Manchester City (ENG): 3 (Yaya Toure 30’/71’, Mario Balotelli (p) 45+3’)
El Madrigal, Villarreal

Group B

Trabzonspor (TUR): 0
CSKA Moscow (RUS): 0 (red card: Seydou Doumbia 73’)
Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, Trabzon

Inter Milan (ITA): 2 (Walter Samuel 18’, Diego Milito 65’)
Lille (FRA): 1 (Tulio De Melo 83’)
San Siro, Milan

Group C

Manchester United (ENG): 2 (Antonio Valencia 8’, Wayne Rooney 87’)
Otelul Galati (ROM): 0
Old Trafford, Manchester

Benfica (POR): 1 (Rodrigo Machado 4’)
FC Basel (SUI): 1 (Benjamin Huggel 64’)
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon

Group D

Lyon (FRA): 0
Real Madrid (ESP): 2 (Cristiano Ronaldo 24’/(p) 69’)
Stade de Gerland, Lyon

Ajax Amsterdam (NED): 4 (Gregory van der Wiel 20’, Miralem Sulejmani 25’, Siem de Jong 65’, Nicolas Lodeiro 90+2’)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO): 0
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam

 
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