Champions League: Bayern, City reach knockout stage; Real Madrid win while Liverpool slump to 2-0 loss

Champions League: Bayern, City reach knockout stage; Real Madrid win while Liverpool slump to 2-0 loss

Real Madrid claimed a first-ever win at San Siro on Wednesday, beating Inter 2-0, Bayern Munich guaranteed they will finish top of Group A as they overcame Red Bull Salzburg 3-1 for their fourth successive win while Atalanta handed Liverpool a rare loss at Anfield on Wednesday, beating the six-time European champions 2-0.

Real stay 2nd in Group B

Real stayed second in Group B with seven points from four games, one behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach. Shakhtar Donetsk are third with four and Inter bottom with two, leaving them with only a remote chance of going through.

“Win, lose, or draw, the important thing is to play well. Today we deserved to win and we had the match under control until the end,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane, whose side were held 1-1 at Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday.

“It doesn’t change anything. We also played well the other day and deserved three points.”

Deserved defeat in a difficult game: Liverpool manager

Atalanta leaving Merseyside with a surprise win threw the group-wide open as the Italian side moved to within two points of group-topping Liverpool, with Ajax doing likewise after overcoming pointless FC Midtjylland 3-1.

“A deserved defeat in a difficult game,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Bayern Munich top Group A

The German champions stretched their record run to 15 straight wins in the competition, with Robert Lewandowski firing in on the rebound in the 43rd minute after the hosts had struggled with Salzburg’s high-intensity pressing during the first half.

“It is very important that we are already now confirmed group winners,” Neuer said. “It is a clear step in the right direction.”

Manchester City sail

For Manchester City, Phil Foden sent Pep Guardiola another reminder of his scoring ability by earning Manchester City a 1-0 win at Olympiakos on Wednesday, clinching the English team a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League for an eighth straight season.

The highly-rated 20-year-old forward is the rising star in City’s squad but has been unable to secure regular game time in the Premier League this season despite the team’s unfamiliar struggles in front of goal.


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