By Prince Dulzy
Tuesday Champions League matchday 4 saw two teams qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA champions league.
At the Santiago Bernabeu substitute Nacho grabbed the only goal as Real Madrid qualified for the Champions League last-16 with a hard-fought victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The 10-time European champions initially struggled to get going at the Santiago Bernabeu and the French visitors looked the stronger side throughout the first half of the Group A clash.
However, an opportune finish from defender Nacho, helped by some awful positioning from PSG shot-stopper Kevin Trapp, proved decisive.
Elsewhere, Manchester City set a record by booking their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a fine 3-1 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night.
City needed an injury-time winner from Kevin De Bruyne to secure a 2-1 victory over the La Liga side in the reverse fixture last month, but were dominant from the outset at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
At Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney’s late header ended Manchester United’s goal drought and earned the Red Devils a narrow 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow.
The England captain scored his 237th goal for United, moving level with Denis Law in the club-record books, when he nodded home Jesse Lingard’s cross in the 79th minute.
Rooney’s strike, which sealed a first home win for the Red Devils over Russian opposition, moves Louis van Gaal’s side top of Group B on seven points.
Meanwhile, Hernanes was sent off as 10-man Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Juve would have qualified for the knockout stages with a victory, but the midfielder’s second half sending off for a rash challenge ended their hopes of a win.
Also, PSV have left a fierce race for qualification to the next round of the Champions League, after gaining a vital 2-0 win over Wolfsburg in Eindhoven.
The Dutch team leapfrogged Wednesday’s opponents behind Manchester United, taking the second spot in Group B by virtue of better results between the teams.
Portuguese giants Benfica moved into pole position in Champions League Group C with a 2-1 victory over Galatasaray at the Estadio da Luz, despite going down to 10 men late on.
Following a defeat by the same scoreline to Hamza Hamzaoglu’s men on matchday three, Rui Vitoria’s side were level with Atletico Madrid heading into Tuesday’s fixtures.
While Atletico Madrid were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by a spirited Astana side in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at the Astana Arena.
Diego Simeone’s side held top spot heading into Group C’s early kick-off and could have pulled three points ahead of Benfica with victory in Kazakhstan.
Elsewhere, Shakhtar Donetsk kept their slim Champions League last-16 hopes alive by thumping Malmo 4-0 to record a first win in Group A.
After half an hour of constant pressure from the hosts – who are four points behind second-placed Paris Saint-Germain with two games remaining – in L’viv, Olexandr Gladkiy opened the scoring, forcing in the rebound after Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland saved his initial header.
Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City
Real Madrid 1-0 PSG
Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Malmo
PSV 2-0 Wolfsburg
Astana 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moskva
Benfica 2-1 Galatasaray
Borussia M’gladbach 1- 1 Juventus