Champions Bayern and hopefuls Man City into last 16
By Mike Collett
LONDON (Reuters) - European champions Bayern Munich led the charge into the last 16 of the Champions League when they beat Viktoria Plzen 1-0 to chalk up a record-equaling ninth straight victory in the competition on Tuesday.
Manchester City, who clinched second place in Group A behind Bayern, also made it to the knockout stage for the first time with a 5-2 home win over CSKA Moscow.
Paris St Germain and Real Madrid, who could have qualified with wins, must wait a little longer after PSG were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Anderlecht and Real drew 2-2 at Juventus.
But there was no stopping Bayern who equaled Barcelona's record of nine straight wins set in 2002/03 thanks to Mario Mandzukic's header at Plzen midway through the second half.
Despite sealing qualification for the next phase, Bayern midfielder Thomas Mueller said: "We did not exactly cover ourselves in glory tonight, but the win is all that matters.
"We will probably not be celebrating with a bottle of champagne in the dressing room."
The victory took their tally to a perfect 12 points from four matches, three clear of City who made it three wins out of four with Alvaro Negredo scoring a hat-trick and Sergio Aguero two goals in their romp over the Russians.
City captain Yaya Toure, the victim of racist monkey chants when the teams played in Moscow two weeks ago, was delighted with his side's performance. Continued...