A wild day in the Champions League has come to an end, as Groups A, B, C, and D all wrapped up play.
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There were goals everywhere, as three group winners were crowned in one of the most entertaining days of Champions League play you’ll ever see.
Man City 4-2 Borussia M’Gladbach
With a win over Gladbach and a Juventus loss to Sevilla, Manchester City finish atop Group D. It was a wild one at the Etihad, as City took an early lead and then fell behind 2-1 before the break. Gladbach held on through endless pressure in the second half, but City finally broke through, erupting for three goals in five minutes, two from birthday boy Raheem Sterling, as Pellegrini’s men had a dream day in the Champions League. It is the first time in club history that City has won their UCL group.
- FULL RECAP: Birthday boy Sterling leads Man City over Gladbach
- VIDEO: City, Gladbach trade early goals in free-flowing first half
Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United
Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League after falling away at Wolfsburg. Anthony Martial gave United an early lead, but the German hosts pegged back to go ahead 2-1 in the first half. United would benefit from an own goal to level the score at two, but Wolfsburg regained the lead seconds later to crush any hopes of the Red Devils advancing. With PSV winning over CKSA Moscow, United finishes third in the group and will play in the Europa League in a terribly disappointing day for Louis Van Gaal.
- FULL RECAP: United headed for Europa League after loss to Wolfsburg
- REACTION: Louis van Gaal blames referees, lack of focus in loss
Benfica 1-2 Atletico Madrid
With both sides tied on points, Atletico Madrid took the top spot in Group C with a big win away from home over Benfica. Diego Simeone’s men went two goals ahead and held on through some late pressure from Benfica, as Atleti are now unbeaten in 13 matches. Atletico’s last loss came all the way back in September, ironically against Benfica in their first meeting in Group C play.
Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo
With the top spot in Group A already locked up, Real Madrid didn’t take it easy against Malmo, thrashing the Swedish side for eight goals at the Bernabeu. Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick and Mateo Kovacic added another, but the story was Cristiano Ronaldo, who grabbed four goals himself. With his performance today, Ronaldo brought his tally to 11 goals in Group A play, breaking his previous record of nine for the most goals scored in a single group stage.
Elsewhere in the Champions League
PSG 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (PSG finish second, Shakhtar to Europa League)
PSV Eindhoven 2-1 CSKA Moscow (PSV finish second, CSKA eliminated)
Galatasaray 1-1 Astana (Galatasaray to Europa League, Astana eliminated)
Sevilla 1-0 Juventus (Juventus finish second, Sevilla to Europa League)