By Prince Dulzy
Real Madrid progressed to the last 16 of this season’s Champions league as they humiliated Malmo 8-0 on Tuesday.
Real Madrid Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record of the most goals (11) scored in the champions league group stage as Los Blancos ran riot in the Spanish capital.
Karim Benzema also completed his own hat-trick adding to Ronaldo’d four goals before Kovacic piled on more misery on the visitors scoring his first goal for Real Madrid.
In the other group A match Lucas Moura and Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed the goals as Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 2-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Parc des Princes.
The hosts were already guaranteed second place in Group A, while Shakhtar needed to at least match Malmo’s result against Real Madrid in order to clinch third spot – and Europa League football – and they did just that following the Swedes’ 8-0 thrashing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In group B, Manchester failed to qualify for the last 16 as german giants Wolfsburg defeated them in a five-goal thriller.
Naldo scored twice to lead Wolfsburg to a 3-2 victory that secures them top spot in Group B and eliminates Manchester United from this season’s Champions League.
United threw away an early lead and ultimately slipped from second to third in Germany, with PSV moving into the top two by battling back from a goal behind to claim maximum points against CSKA Moscow.
Goals from Luuk de Jong and Davy Propper cancelled out a Sergei Ignashevich’s penalty in dramatic finish, meaning Phillip Cocu’s side secured second place in Group B.
In group C, Selcuk Inan’s equaliser spared Galatasaray’s blushes and secured their spot in the knockout stages of the Europa League following a 1-1 draw with Astana at the Turk Telekom Arena.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid secured top spot in Group C of the Champions League as goals from Saul Niguez and Luciano Vietto earned a 2-1 win at Benfica.
In group D, Raheem Sterling’s late brace ensured Manchester City topped Group D in the Champions League as they won 4-2 to eliminate Borussia Monchengladbach from European competition.
City needed to win and hope Juventus lost at Sevilla to avoid a potential draw against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, and they took the lead when David Silva hammered home.
Wilfried Bony tucked in the last goal City as they cancelled J. Korb 19′ and Raffael 42′ goals for Borussia Monchengladbach.
In the other group D match Fernando Llorente’s second-half header condemned his former club Juventus to a 1-0 defeat in the Champions League on to send Sevilla into the Europa League.
Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo
PSG 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United
PSV 2-1 CSKA Moskva
Manchester City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Sevilla 1-0 Juventus
Galatasaray 1-1 Astana
Benfica 1-2 Atletico Madrid