There is no doubt that the result of the evening belongs to Manchester United, beating Leverkusen 5-0 to secure the top spot in their group and a place in the knockout stage, while Juventus leaped over Galatasaray, getting their first win over the group stage, beating FC Copenhagen.
In the same group Real Madrid had no problem getting over the missing Cristiano Ronaldo and an early sending off of Sergio Ramos. Bayern Munich kept their perfect record with an easy win in Moscow, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeps on scoring, leading PSG to yet another win, this time over Olympiacos.
Manchester United clinched their spot in the next round with their most impressive win of the season, beating Leverkusen 5-0 in Germany with goals from Antonio Valencia, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nani and another own goal. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk improved to second place with a 4-0 win over Sociedad, goals coming from Luiz Adriano, Alex Teixeira and two from Douglas Costa.
Real Madrid had no problems without Cristiano Ronaldo and a sent off Sergio Ramos, beating Galatasaray 4-1 with goals from Gareth Bale, Alvaro Arbeloa, Angel di Maria and Isco, while Umut Bulut scored for the visitors. Juventus took control of second with a less than impressive win over Copenhagen, as Arutro Vidal scored a hat trick, including twice from the penalty spot, while Olof Mellberg scored for the Danes in the 3-1 loss.
PSG kept their run of impressive results thanks to a 90th minute goal from Edinson Cavani. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored first for the French champions, and Konstantinos Manolas equalized, a draw that lasted 10 minutes before Cavani made it 2-1. In Belgium, Benfica pulled away from Anderlecht with a 3-2 win, meaning they’re now tied with Olympiacos for the second spot. Chancel Mbemba Mangulu scored first for the home side, but he also scored an own goal that gave Benfica a lead following a Nemanja Matic goal. Massimo Bruno scored again to equalize before a 90th minute winner from Rodrigo.
The least surprising group of the Champions League this season continued with its preidctable trend. Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in the early game, with Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller scoring for the European Champions. Keisuke Honda scored a consolation goal for the home side. In England, Manchester City had no problem beating Viktoria Plzen with goals from Sergio Agüero, Samir Nasri, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko in a 4-2 win.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 8 goals
2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 6 goals