Another matchday of the 2013-14 Champions League is in the books, and it's time to break down how the results shifted the table from top to bottom.
We saw clubs climb up their respective tables with decisive victories, and others put their chances of advancing to the next round in serious jeopardy. It was a rather high scoring day according to Infostrada Sports:
We had 36 goals today, This is the equal-second most on a single CL day. Only on 1 Oct 1997, had more: 44— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 27, 2013
Here's how all of the results from Matchday 5 impacted the Champions League group table.
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*Table courtesy of ESPN FC.
Real Madrid 4 - 1 Galatasaray
In the 26th minute, Sergio Ramos collected a red card with his questionable defense of Umut Bulut on a potential scoring chance. Some 12 minutes later, Galatasaray tied the score up at 1-1.
Both sides went into halftime with the score knotted up, and if anything, the Turkish side had the advantage with one more player throughout the rest of the match.
That didn't turn out to be the case, though. Madrid's offense broke through in the second half, with three goals from Alvaro Arbeloa, Angel di Maria and Isco to power them to an easy victory.
AS.com tells us just how impressive today's performance was:
Real Madrid are the first team ever in the Champions League to score 4 goals while playing with a man down. Spanish Statto @2010MisterChip— AS English (@English_AS) November 27, 2013
Real Madrid stroll into the knockout stage yet again with the win, and they didn't even have Cristiano Ronaldo in the fold to carry them to this offensive explosion.
Bayer Leverkusen 0 - 5 Manchester United
Manchester United have been facing plenty of questions about their squad after starting off slowly in the Premier League, but they showed plenty of signs of promise on Wednesday.
The Red Devils dominated Bayer Leverkusen on the road, scoring five goals in a romping of one of Germany's best clubs.
Wayne Rooney showed his ability to get his teammates involved and set up scoring chances, assisting on two of United's four goals (the fifth was an own goal). Antonio Valencia and Nani both scored impressive goals as well.
David Moyes' club still have plenty of work to do in the EPL, but advancing to the knockout stage will give a much-deserved sigh of relief to the Red Devils.
Juventus 3 - 1 FC Copenhagen
Juventus needed a big result when they played FC Copenhagen on Wednesday, and they got just that with a 3-1 drubbing.
Midfielder Arturo Vidal was a goalscoring machine, netting a hat-trick on the day as the only scorer for the Italian side. Between two penalty shots and a clutch header to give his team a two-goal lead, he proved his worth as an attacker.
As if the win wasn't enough, Real Madrid's victory over Galatasaray meant Juventus climbed into second place in Group B after entering the day in dead last.