Bayern Munich recorded a famous victory 4-1 over old rivals Juventus last night to take the four-times winners of the European Cup through to the knockout stages at the expense of the Italians.
Bayern headed to Turin knowing only a win would be enough for them to reach the last 16 and, probably, to save coach Louis van Gaal his job. Juve just required a draw to go through and looked to be well on their way when David Trezeguet converted Claudio Marchisio's cross on 19 minutes to give the home side the lead.
The Germans drew level on the half-hour when Martin Caceres needlessly fouled Ivica Olic and the Bayern goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt came forward to score the penalty.
Bayern took the lead seven minutes into the second half as Olic scored from close range. They killed off the game in the 83rd minute, Mario Gomez taking advantage after Gianluigi Buffon had parried Daniel van Buyten's header from a corner. Anatoliy Tymoschuk made it 4-1 in stoppage time, accepting a pass from Thomas Muller before firing in from 20 yards. It was sweet revenge for Van Gaal, whose Ajax side were beaten in the final by Juventus 13 years ago and a disaster for the inexperienced Juve coach, Ciro Ferrara.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid made sure they finished top of Group C with a 3-1 win at Marseilles, which meant the French side were knocked out. Ronaldo fired home a superb free-kick in the fifth minute and benefited from a defensive mistake to score his team's third with 10 minutes left at the Stade Vélodrome.
Lucho Gonzalez, who missed a second-half penalty, had levelled in the 11th minute for Marseilles, who had to win and hope that Milan slipped up against FC Zurich. However, Raul Albiol put Real back in front on the hour. "It was a tough game but we knew what to expect. We perfectly dealt with this game to qualify. We were solid, we controlled the game," the Real coach, Manuel Pellegrini, said.
It was touch-and-go for Milan, though, who went to Zurich still smarting from the Swiss side's 1-0 win at San Siro in September. Zurich then raised the prospect of an epic double when Milan Gajic's free-kick gave them the lead after 29 minutes.
However, Ronaldinho converted a second-half penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw for the Rossoneri. The Brazilian sent goalkeeper Johnny Leoni the wrong way in the 65th minute after Marco Borriello had been fouled by Alain Rochat, who was sent off.
Finally, Maccabi Haifa set an ignominious record when their 1-0 home defeat to Bordeaux meant they became the first team to lose all six games in a Champions League group without scoring a goal.Reuse content