Three more teams from the UEFA Champions League have qualified for the round of 16, as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain each advanced with victories on Wednesday. Bayern Munich also made more news by setting a Champions League record by winning its 10th straight match.
The 16-team field for the knockout stage will be set on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 when the clubs finish off the group stage action. Let's take a look at Wednesday's results with the latest list of who's in and who's out, followed by some of the evening's top headlines.
|Bayer Leverkusen||0 - 5||Manchester United|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||4 - 0||Real Sociedad|
|Juventus||3 - 1||FC Copenhagen|
|Real Madrid||4 -1||Galatasaray|
|Anderlecht||2 - 3||Benfica|
|Paris Saint-Germain||2 - 1||Olympiacos|
|CSKA Moscow||1 - 3||Bayern Munich|
|Manchester City||4 - 2||Viktoria Plzen|
|Qualified Teams||Teams That Are Out|
|Atletico Madrid||Austria Vienna|
|Manchester City||CSKA Moscow|
|Paris Saint-Germain||Steaua Bucuresti|
|Real Madrid||Viktoriza Plzen|
Wayne Rooney Powers Man U Through
Wayne Rooney might not have been credited with scoring any of Manchester United's first four goals against Bayer Leverkusen in Wednesday's 5-0 win, but his fingerprints were all over them.
In the 22nd minute, he got things started with this stellar cross to set up an easy goal for Antonio Valencia:
Rooney continued to be a force in the second half. His shot led to a deflection goal for Jonny Evans in the 65th minute, and he set up Chris Smalling for a wide-open score in the 77th.
Manchester United (11 points) now leads Shakhtar Donetsk (eight points) in Group A by three points with one match to play. As a result, United is guaranteed at least a share of first place.
Real Madrid Advances with 10-Man Team
Gareth Bale got things started with this scintillating free kick in the 37th minute:
Group B winners Real Madrid (13 points) are now seven points clear of Galatasary (six), which needs to beat Juventus in two weeks in order to qualify for the round of 16.
Edinson Cavani's Late Goal Propels PSG
At that point, PSG had 1-0 lead thanks to an early goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the seventh minute. Olympiacos would tie things up in the 80th minute, but Edinson Cavani dashed past the opposition's defense and knocked through the game-winner near the end of regulation.
PSG (13 points) clinched Group C with the late victory, while Olympiacos (seven) still has a chance to qualify for the next round with a win over Anderlecht.