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Ronaldo sets record, City stun Bayern

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 Real Madrid’s star forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd-L) celebrates after scoring against FC Copenhagen during their UEFA Champions League match in Copenhagen on Tuesday.— AFP photo  Real Madrid’s star forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd-L) celebrates after scoring against FC Copenhagen during their UEFA Champions League match in Copenhagen on Tuesday.— AFP photo

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo set a Champions League group phase scoring record on Tuesday as Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiakos Piraeus reached the last 16.
Holders Bayern Munich’s record-breaking run of 10 consecutive Champions League wins came to an unceremonious end after Manchester City staged a memorable fightback after conceding two early goals to win 3-2 at the Allianz Arena.
However, Bayern still won Group D with City finishing in second place.
Prolific Ronaldo took his tally to nine for the campaign in Real’s 2-0 win at FC Copenhagen, with the nine-time champions also setting an all-time record in European competitions by netting in 31 successive matches.
Ronaldo, in his first game back since sustaining a muscle strain on Nov 23, scored with a simple close-range finish three minutes after the break, Real’s second after Luka Modric’s delightful opener.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola suffered only his second loss in 25 matches since taking over from Jupp Heynckes.
‘When you go 2-0 ahead, you have to play better than that,’ Bayern captain Philipp Lahm told Sky Sports Deutschland. ‘But we can live with the defeat, we are still group winners.’
A heavy loss looked on the cards for City when slack defending allowed Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze to fire the German side 2-0 ahead after 12 minutes.
David Silva started the comeback with a simple finish to reduce the deficit by the break and James Milner won a penalty, converted by Aleksandar Kolarov, and side-footed the winner in a three-minute second-half spell.
‘We wanted revenge for the first game (Bayern won 3-1) and to show it was not that different between Bayern and our team,’ said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
‘To win here and score three goals without Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero shows we have a very good squad also, so it’s a very important victory.’
Leverkusen’s 1-0 win at Real Sociedad put them through as runners-up behind Manchester United in Group A.
The Bundesliga side’s victory, earned by Oemer Toprak’s second-half goal, lifted them above Shakhtar Donetsk into second after the Ukrainians lost 1-0 at United.
Javier Saviola scored twice as Olympiakos pipped Benfica to second spot in Group C by beating visitors Anderlecht 3-1.
In an extraordinary match, the Belgians finished with eight men after the Greeks scored one penalty and had two saved by keeper Silvia Proto, including one from Saviola.
The Anderlecht stopper spoiled his night by getting sent off in stoppage-time, joining Cheikhou Kouyate and Fabrice N’Sakala in seeing red.
Benfica won 2-1 against group winners Paris St Germain, who rested top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but drop into the Europa League despite finishing on 10 points along with Olympiakos who enjoyed head-to-head superiority over the Lisbon club.
After losing two successive Premier League games at Old Trafford, Manchester United stopped the rot thanks to a second-half Phil Jones goal at Old Trafford which sent Shakhtar into the Europa League.
‘We wanted to top the group and we have. The win helps us, improves our form,’ said manager David Moyes. ‘A club like Manchester United has to be trying to win the trophy.’
Viktoria Plzen scored two late goals to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 to secure third place and a Europa League spot in Group D.
Substitute Tomas Wagner rifled home the winner in the 90th minute to send Plzen into the Europa League at the expense of CSKA who finished with nine men after Alan Dragoev and Pontus Wernbloom were dismissed late on.

RESULTS
Manchester United (ENG) 1 (Jones 67) Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 0; Real Sociedad (ESP) 0 Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 1 (Toprak 49);  FC Copenhagen (DEN) 0 Real Madrid (ESP) 2 (Modric 25, Cristiano Ronaldo 48); Benfica (POR) 2 (Lima 45-pen, Gaitan 58) Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 1 (Cavani 37); Olympiakos (GRE) 3 (Saviola 33, 58, Dominguez 90+5-pen) Anderlecht (BEL) 1 (Kljestan 39); Bayern Munich (GER) 2 (Muller 5, Gotze 12) Manchester City (ENG) 3 (David Silva 28, Kolarov 59-pen, Milner 62); Viktoria Pilsen (CZE) 2 (Kolar 76, Wagner 90) CSKA Moscow (RUS) 1 (Musa 65).




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