Thursday, December 08, 2011

UEFA Champions League: Wednesday's Review, Reports, Analyses & Fallout

Marco Streller's early strike set Basel on their way to a shock place in the knockout round of the Champions League on a night where both Manchester clubs crashed out. Alexander Frei's strike six minutes from time effectively sealed United's fate and, although Phil Jones scored late on, the 2-1 win was enough for Basel to qualify as runners-up in Group C. Roberto Mancini's Manchester City pulled off a fine 2-0 win over group winners Bayern Munich in Group A, but Napoli's win by the same score at Villarreal rendered City's result irrelevant. In a remarkable turnaround in Group D, Lyon joined group winners Real Madrid in the knockout stages after Bafetimbi Gomis scored four goals in a 7-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. There were more dramatic scenes in Group B where CSKA Moscow snatched a 2-1 win away to group winners Inter Milan, leapfrogging Trabzonspor and Lille to claim second place.

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