Manchester City’s Champions League debut season is hanging by a thread after Roberto Mancini’s side suffered defeat in Napoli. Meanwhile their near neighbours United will have to win in Basel in order to have any chance to qualify as top dogs in Group C or just draw to advance.
Bayern Munich comfortably beat Villarreal to book their place in the next round. Two goals from Ribery sealed a 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena. City will need to beat Bayern in the last group game at Eastlands to have any chance to progress. This is all after the Blues went down 2-1 in Naples. Edison Cavani scored in each half either side of a Mario Balotelli goal to leave the Premier League leaders on the brink of elimination.
Bayern have secured top spot while Napoli travel to Villarreal in the last game week. Mancini’s men will have to beat the German giants and hope the Yellow submarine get something off Napoli
Bayern Munich 13 pts
Napoli 8 pts
Man City 7 pts
Villarreal 0 pts
In Group B, Inter Milan had the comfort of knowing they had qualified for the knock-out stages even before they played in Turkey. The 2010 winners advanced thanks to Lille’s impressive 2-0 victory in a chilly Moscow in the early kick off. The French champions scored two second half goals to defeat CSKA. Arsenal and Tottenham target Eden Hazard and former Red Joe Cole both played their part.
Inter could only manage a 1-1 draw against Trapzonspor but they have qualified as mentioned.
Man United will have to travel to Basel knowing that they need to either beat or draw with the Swiss champions in order to progress. Benfica are in pole position after their 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. An early Phil Jones own goal was cancelled out by Dimitar Berbatov’s first Champions League goal for three years. United began to control the game and bombarded the Portuguese goal in the second half before Darren Fletcher scored a deserved goal to put them into the lead before the hour mark. Just 80 seconds later though, veteran Argentine international Pablo Aimar levelled it up and put Group C in the balance.
In the other game, Basel beat bottom side Otelul Galati 3-2. Assuming Benfica beat Otelul at home then United can’t top the group but a draw in Switzerland would mean they would qualify but in second place.
Benfica 9 pts
Man United 9 pts
Basel 8 pts
Otelul 0 pts
Group D is all but done and dusted as Real Madrid hammered Dinamo Zagreb 6-2 at the Bernabeu. Real had already qualified but secured top spot with an astonishing first half display. Mourinho’s men were 4-0 up inside twenty minutes. Benzema and Callejon both scored twice while Ozil and Higuain also got on the score sheet.
Ajax’s 0-0 draw in France with Lyon means they are in a great position to qualify. They lead the French side by three points heading into the final game.