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April 21, 2021

Champions League: Brilliant Bayern blow Juve away

FC Bayern Munich reached the UEFA Champions League first knockout round in scintillating style after coming from behind to complete a memorable victory at Juventus thanks to strikes by goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt, Ivica Olic, Mario Gomez and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.

Though David Trezeguet had given La Vecchia Signora the lead with a wonderful strike on 19 minutes Bayern, who required victory to reach the knockout stages, had dominated early on, uefa.com comments. The character of the German side withstood the setback, however, and Butt equalised from the penalty spot after Olic had been brought down. Early in the second half, despite the sustained resistance of Gianluigi Buffon, the lively Croatia striker pounced to turn the match on its head, Gomez and substitute Tymoshchuk adding goals in the final seven minutes to consign Juve, for whom this equalled their record home defeat in UEFA competition, to the UEFA Europa League.

Juventus never really looked like finding the elusive equaliser despite the introduction of Sebastian Giovinco and Amauri. Indeed, it was the visitors who grew stronger and they scored a third seven minutes from time from a Schweinsteiger corner. Van Buyten’s header was kept out by Buffon but again the goalkeeper was unlucky with the rebound, Gomez finishing from less than a metre. The final flourish was applied by Tymoshchuk from the edge of the area in added time, completing a memorable night for Bayern and a miserable one for their hosts.

Madrid march on as Marseille miss out

Olympique de Marseille spurned a major helping hand from FC Zurich as their UEFA Champions League adventure ended with a swift return to earth, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice as Group C winners Real Madrid CF left the Stade Velodrome with a 3-1 victory.

Beating the nine-time winners is a daunting task at the best of times, but OM faced the prospect of needing to prevail 3-0 or by four clear goals if AC Milan took maximum plunder in Switzerland. As it happened, the Rossoneri could only draw 1-1, but that result was rendered meaningless by a pair of Ronaldo goals either side of Raul Albiol’s effort, with Lucho having earlier equalised before missing a penalty for the side now intent on UEFA Europa League success.

The stadium was soon humming again, though, as Didier Deschamps’ men willed themselves level, Lucho lashing beyond Iker Casillas after Albiol had blocked Brandao’s point-blank header from a Taye Taiwo cross. Brandao had by then collected a yellow card and a suspension, but the Brazilian striker’s focus did not sway and he temporarily roused passions with an effort ruled out for offside as Marseille looked to pounce on some brief glimpses of disarray.

With Milan trailing at the interval, Marseille came out for the resumption in animated mood, only for their early fervour to be crushed once again. Mandanda had done well to deny both Van der Vaart and Marcelo, yet he was helpless to prevent Albiol firing low into the net after Gabriel Heinze had attempted to clear a corner – and this time there was to be no rapid equaliser.

A penalty for Lucho looked to be the perfect chance to restore parity following Casillas’s foul on the onrushing Mamadou Niang, but the Argentinian international blasted against the crossbar. He was soon left ruing that miss all the more acutely as Ronaldo latched on to a Lassana Diarra pass, picked himself up from Mandanda’s challenge on the edge of the area and turned the ball into an empty net to take his tally in this year’s competition to six.

CSKA Moscow to remain in the race, despite failed drug tests

UEFA has confirmed that CSKA Moscow will not be thrown out of the Champions League, despite two of their players failing a drugs test. Sergey Ignashevich and Aleksey Berezutsky tested positive for a banned substance after the Champions League match against Manchester United on 3 November. UEFA suspended the pair from last night’s game against Besiktas pending their case being heard by the body’s disciplinary committee.

Results on Tuesday Matchday6:

Group A

Juventus-Bayern Munich 1-4

Maccabi Haifa-Bordeaux 0-1

Group B

Besiktas-CSKA Moscow 1-2

VfL Wolfsburg-Manchester United FC 1-3

Group C

FC Zurich-AC Milan 1-1

Olympique de Marseille-Real Madrid CF 1-3

Group D

Chelsea FC-APOEL FC 2-2

Atletico Madrid-FC Porto 0-3

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