Football: CSKA Dumped out Despite Stunning win at Madrid

CSKA Moscow stunned a much-changed Real Madrid with a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, but still finished bottom of Group G as Viktoria Plzen beat Roma. The Russian side, who also downed Real 1-0 in the reverse fixture, had to better Plzen’s result to finish third and qualify for thee Europa League. But Plzen edged out Roma 2-1 in the Czech Republic to render CSKA’s famous victory ultimately meaningless, despite inflicting the heaviest ever European home loss on the record 13-time champions.

“It’s sad to sad to say the least to beat Real Madrid, earn seven points, but finish bottom and get eliminated from Europe,” said CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko. “But we only have ourselves to blame. In any case, we’ve made sure we’ll spend the holiday in a great mood after tonight’s win.” Holders Real had already progressed to the last 16 as group winners, with Roma through in second place. Home coach Santiago Solari boosted CSKA’s hopes before kick-off by making sven changes to the starting XI which beat Huesca 1-0 in La Liga at the weekend, leaving Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Toni Kroos on the bench.

Bayern top group after a six-goal thriller at Ajax Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich pipped Ajax to top spot in Champions League Group E on Wednesday after a dramatic 3-3 draw which saw both sides finish with 10 men. The point was enough to put Bayern into the last 16 as group winners on a bad-tempered night in Amsterdam with five goals, two penalties and two red cards in an action-packed second half.

Group E
Ajax 3
(Tadic 61, 82-pen, Tagaliafico 90+5)
Bayern Munich 3
(Lewandowski 13, 87-pen, Coman 90)
Benfica 1
(Grimaldo 88)
AEK Athens 0
Group F
Manchester City 2
(Sane 45+1, 61)
Hoffenheim 1
(Kramaric 16-pen)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1
(Moraes 22)
Lyon 1
(Fakir 65)
Group G
Viktoria Plzen 2
(Kovarik  62, Chory 72)
Roma 1
(Under 68)
Real Madrid 0
CSKA Madrid 3
(Chalov 37, Schecnnikov 43, Sigurdsson 73)
Group H
Valencia 2
(Soler 17, Jones 47-og)
Manchester United 1
(Rashford 87)
Young Boys 2
(Hoarau 30-pen, 68)
(Dybala 80)





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