Real Madrid and Manchester City qualified for the Champions League knockout rounds with victories over Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla respectively on Tuesday.
A fortuitous goal from Nacho proved decisive for 10-time champions Real despite being outplayed for the majority of the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu as they won 1-0.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and Wilfried Bony before half-time ensured City won 3-1 to progress from Group D despite Benoit Tremoulinas’s consolation goal.
Wayne Rooney ended Manchester United’s 404-minute goal drought, clinching a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow to move the English side to the top of Group B.
Meanwhile, Juventus, despite being down to 10 men, rescued a 1-1 draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach in their Champions League Group D game to edge closer to qualifying for the knockout stage.
Gladbach, who had won all six league matches under the new coach André Schubert, took an 18th-minute lead thanks to Fabian Johnson but Juve struck back a minute from half-time with a volley from Stephan Licthsteiner.
Juve had the Brazilian Hernanes sent off in the 53rd minute for a wild challenge on Álvaro Domínguez but managed to hold on to the draw despite Gladbach’s second-half forays.
The Italians, who were beaten in last season’s final by Barcelona , have eight points, one behind the already qualified Manchester City and five clear of third-placed Sevilla. Gladbach are fourth with two points and cannot now qualify.
“The fans reacted with standing ovations. I think that’s a sign of what we delivered,” Borussia’s sporting director, Max Eberl, said.
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