Goal frenzy as Real, United and PSG all advance

Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:38pm EST
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris St Germain reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday on a night when the goals flowed all over Europe with United the highest scorers in a 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Real, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City all scored four as 36 goals went in and the last 16 began to take shape with half the qualifiers known with one round of matches to play.

Real, United and PSG joined already qualified Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the knockout stages.

Juventus, Benfica and Shakhtar all boosted their chances of joining them with the final round of matches to be played on December10 and 11.

Holders Bayern, assured of their last-16 place before Wednesday's Group D matches, set a Champions League record of 10 successive wins with a 3-1 victory at CSKA Moscow which beat the record of nine established by Barcelona in 2002-03.

Bayern won in the wintry Russian capital with goals from Arjen Robben, Mario Goetze and a Thomas Mueller penalty.

"Playing on this pitch today was a bit adventurous," coach Pep Guardiola said when asked about the snow.

"It was difficult because the players had no grip, But over 90 minutes we were better than our opponents. Getting 10 wins in a row is very hard and I am proud of my players, the club and everyone involved."   Continued...

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (L) kicks the ball to score a goal against Galatasaray during their Champions League soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Juan Medina