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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-11-27

Paris Saint-Germain scored in the last minute on Wednesday to ensure it would win its Champions League group while Manchester United also advanced after winning, 5-0, in Leverkusen.

Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League after scoring in the 89th minute to beat Olympiacos of Athens, 2-1, at Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.

PSG played almost the entire second half with ten men and conceded an equalizer with nine minutes left, but the Greek defence parted before Edinson Cavani who fired a shot between Roberto, the Olympiacos goalie and the near post.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given PSG the lead after seven minutes. The Swede scored his seventh goal in this year’s competition when he calmly lifted a pass from Gregory Van Der Wiel over Roberto, the goalie. But the French team was reduced to ten men when Marco Verratti earned a second yellow card in the 46th minute. Kostas Manolas levelled after a corner, but Olympiacos could not cling onto its point.

The other game in Group C also won in the last minute as Rodrigo, who had come on just two minutes earlier, scored to give Benfica a 3-2 victory against Anderlecht in Brussels. Benfica and Olympiacos both have seven points. The Belgians are eliminated and PSG has won the group.

In Group A, Manchester United crushed Bayer, 5-0, to ensure it will advance to the last 16. Leverkusen had only lost twice in its BayArena in 20 months, but fell behind to an early goal by Antonio Valencia and fell apart in the second half. Emir Spahic deflected the ball into his own goal after 30 minutes. Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Nani scored in the second half. Bayer dropped to third in the group, a point behind Shakhtar Donetsk which trounced Real Sociedad, 4-0, in the Ukraine. The defeat eliminated the Spanish club. In the last round on December 10, Shakhtar visits Manchester and Bayer goes to San Sebastian.

Juventus, which has won the competition twice, climbed from fourth to second in Group B with a 3-1 victory over FC Copenhagen in Turin. Juve received some help from Real Madrid which was already sure of finishing in the top two, rested Cristiano Ronaldo and was reduced to ten men when Sergio Ramos was sent off after just 26 minutes but still beat Galatasaray, 4-1, at the Bernabeu in Madrid. Gareth Bale gave Real the lead with a Ronaldo-like free kick. Umut Bulut replied but Alvaro Arbeloa, Angel di Maria and Isco scored to seal a comfortable victory. Real won the group. Juve is two points ahead of Galatasaray and Copenhagen. In the last round the Danes entertain Real while Juventus travels to Istanbul to play Galatasaray.

Earlier, Bayern Munich, the reigning champions, beat CSKA, 3-1, in Moscow to set a Champions League record with a 10th consecutive record in the competition. The run stretches back to last season. On Wednesday, Arjen Robben, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller scored the goals as Bayern ensured it would not just qualify but finish top of Group D. In the other match in the group, Manchester City, which knew before kickoff that it would qualify as the runner up, beat Viktoria Plzen, 4-2, in Manchester. 

Date created : 2013-11-27

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