Bayern, Real and Chelsea progress in Champions League

Bayern, Real and Chelsea progress in Champions League

Bayern Munich and Chelsea booked their places in the knockout phases of the Champions League Wednesday with victories while Real Madrid also ensured their progress despite only drawing with AC Milan, DPA reported.

The Spanish giants looked to be well on the road to victory when Gonzalo Higuain put them ahead at the Giuseppe Meazza against Milan but a brace from veteran Filippo Inzaghi put the visitors on the back foot before Pedro Leon secured a 2-2 draw in injury-time.

Real now have 10 points from four games in Group G, five clear of Milan and six ahead of Ajax who went down 2-1 to Auxerre.

"We were a bit unfortunate but in the end we have to be satisfied," said Real midfielder Mesut Oezil. "We played very well as a team and deservedly took a point."

Last year's beaten finalists Bayern eased into the knockout stages with a comfortable 4-0 victory away to Romanian side CFR Cluj.

Mario Gomez netted a hat-trick and Thomas Mueller added a fourth to assure the German champions of one of the qualifying spots from Group E with a maximum 12 points from four games.

"We have been improving in our last games," said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal after seeing his side become the first German team to win their opening four group games in the Champions League.

"It was a terrific match and Mario Gomez scored three goals, so that is wonderful. I have changed the system a bit for him and he is scoring."

AS Roma, who face Bayern in their next group game, sit second on six points after winning 3-2 away to Swiss side Basel in a match watched by Roger Federer.

Jeremy Menez put the Italians ahead after 16 minutes and Francesco Totti looked to have secured the win nine minutes later when making it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

However in a frantic finale, Alexander Frei reduced the deficit with a header 21 minutes from time. Leandro Greco restored Roma's two-goal cushion on 76 minutes but Xherdan Shaqiri pulled the score back to 3-2 seven minutes from time to ensure a nervous ending for the Serie A side.

Chelsea are guaranteed qualification from Group F after a strong second-half goal performance saw them cruise to a 4-1 win over Spartak Moscow.

The sides went in level at the break but there was only going to be one winner once Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring four minutes after the restart after a neat exchange with Salomon Kalou.

Didier Drogba made it 2-0 to the English champions from the penalty spot after the Ivorian striker was fouled by Evgeni Makeev in the box with Branislav Ivanovic ending the match as a contest with an unstoppable header midway through the second half.

Nikita Bazhenov scored a late consolation for Spartak but there was still time for Ivanovic to net his second of the evening to make it 4-1.

"We've qualified for the knockout stages, now we have to make sure we finish top of the group," said Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. "It was a good evening and a good performance."

Marseille remain firmly in contention for the second qualifying spot after a 7-0 demolition of Slovak side MSK Zilina.

Andre Pierre Gignac netted a hat-trick for Marseille, Lucho Gonzalez scored a brace while Gabriel Heinze and Loic Remy also got on the scoresheet for the French side.

The result is only one goal short of the Champions League record under its current format of 8-0 set by four clubs: Liverpool, Kosice, Partizan and Dynamo Kiev.

Chelsea top the group with 12 points, six clear of Spartak and Marseille, who meet in the Russian capital in their next match.

Arsenal's hopes of securing top spot in Group H took a knock as they went down 2-1 to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk to leave both sides tied at the top on nine points.

The visitors got off to the perfect start when Theo Walcott fired home from 20 metres after just 10 minutes. However, the sides were level 18 minutes later when Dmytro Chygrynski's goal-bound header came off the head of Craig Eastmond and flew into the Arsenal net.

Former Gunners striker Eduardo then put Shakhtar ahead just before half-time with a cool finish after latching on to a cross from Darijo Srna.

In the other group game Partizan Belgrade beat Sporting Braga 1-0 courtesy of a Moises header to leave both sides on three points.

Weekly actual topics in Azerbaijan (April 16-20)
Weekly actual topics in Azerbaijan (April 16-20)
Weekly tenders in the region (April 16-20)
Weekly tenders in the region (April 16-20)
Last week’s laws, orders and decrees in Azerbaijan (April 16-20)
Last week’s laws, orders and decrees in Azerbaijan (April 16-20)
Loading Bars
France becomes 2nd EU country with over 1 mln COVID-19 cases, record daily caseloads haunting Europe
Palestinians condemn normalization agreement between Sudan, Israel
New York early voting starts on Saturday, 1st time in its history
McDonald's urges dismissal of Black former franchisees' discrimination lawsuit
Sudan becomes third Arab state to set aside hostilities with Israel this year
Artillery units, command post of Armenian armed forces destroyed as result of airstrikes (VIDEO)
Jeyhun Bayramov met with assistant to President for US National Security Affairs
Military volunteers, equipment of Armenian Armed Forces destroyed in directions of Khojavend, Fuzuli (VİDEO)
UAVs of Azerbaijan do not conduct flight over territory of Armenia - MoD
Azerbaijan has enough armored vehicles in its arsenal, uses them in operational situations - MoD
Information on alleged artillery shelling of Khankendi and Khojavend districts by Azerbaijan - not true
Chairperson, deputy chairperson of US - Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association appeal to US Secretary of State
Yerevan not interested in peace, wants to escalate conflict, make it a regional one, says Azerbaijani's First VP
Information spread by Armenian side on Iran's artillery shelling Azerbaijan’s positions - false
Turkey reduces volume of exports of mining industry
Iran discloses value of exports from Tehran Province
Georgia increases import of ground and instant coffee
Japan plans to recruit astronauts in 2021, first time in 13 yrs
Kazakhstan increases exports to Denmark despite COVID-19
Azerbaijani FM talks Karabakh conflict with US Secretary of State
Azerbaijani Bank of Baku's net profit declines multifold
Member of UK’s House of Lords condemns Armenia’s missile attacks on Azerbaijan’s Ganja
Rejection of UN’s unfair statement – another diplomatic victory for Azerbaijani president
Azerbaijani Xalq Bank's income for 9M2020 published
Data on cargo handling from US via Turkish ports for 9M2020 revealed
Azerbaijani soldiers liberate cities, settlements from occupation one after another - First VP
Export of cars from Turkey to Russia down – Trade ministry
Export of cars from Turkey to Turkmenistan drops
Export of cars from Turkey to Tajikistan down
Export of cars from Turkey to Ukraine up – Trade ministry
Armenia attracting mercenaries to occupied territories of Azerbaijan
Targeting Azerbaijani civilians by Armenia - crime, says Uzbek ambassador
Azerbaijani MoD shows footage of liberated Minbashyly village in Jabrayil district (VIDEO)
Cabinet of Ministers bans entry/exit to several Azerbaijani cities and districts
Armenia poses threat to Trans-Caspian International Transport Route
Azerbaijan's Xalq Bank discloses its assets for 9M2020
Payments with foreign cards down in Georgia
Export operations between Azerbaijan and Croatia double
New terminal to be built in Georgia's Poti port
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office gives updates on damages, following Armenia's attacks
Meeting between Azerbaijani FM and US secretary of state held
Kazakhstan's import from Poland down amid COVID-19
ADB supports Georgia in its COVID-19 fight
Azerbaijan, Latvia keen to increase mutual investments (PHOTO)
Russian president's statement on Karabakh generally suits Azerbaijan - deputy parliament speaker
Armenians threatening to kill French TV channel's journalist (PHOTOS)
ISET-PI thnk-tank updates its real GDP growth forecast for Georgia
Azerbaijan's troops liberate villages in Khojavend, Jabrayil, Zangilan districts
Azerbaijan liberates 4 Gubadli district villages from Armenia's occupation
Georgia to allocate funds for marketing of its wine
EAEU reveals volume of food oil exports to Turkmenistan
Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Countries supports Azerbaijan
Georgia to issue agricultural loans to promote primary production of annual crops
Turkmenistan's Turkmennebit opens tender for purchase of pipes
Uzbekistan to maintain positive GDP growth despite difficult economic conditions
Uzbekistan’s National Bank likely to be backed by gov't, Fitch Ratings says
Azerbaijani people trust their president - First VP Mehriban Aliyeva
Percentage share of Austria in Azerbaijan's total import slightly grows
Kazakhstan’s KazMunayGas receives ESG rating in sustainable development
Chairman of US Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association appeals to US Ambassador in Azerbaijan
Surrendered Armenian officer says Karabakh isn't Armenian land
Armenian armed forces' manpower, armored vehicles destroyed, says Azerbaijani MoD (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan itself doing what Minsk Group didn’t - MP
Inflow of funds to Georgia up
Kazakhstan must invest in agriculture technologies oriented towards Kazakh reality
Israel sends humanitarian aid to Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
Uzbek import of cars from Turkey shrinks
Ballistic missile attacks on Gabala and other Azerbaijani cities - vandalism and fascism of Armenian leadership - People's Artist
Volume of nine-month cargo shipment from Germany via Turkish ports revealed
Iran to implement second phase of ring road around Hormoz Island
Turkmengas to buy geophysical equipment via tender
New buses to start serving passengers in Georgian Tbilisi
Deutsche Bank: Brexit trade costs will be 'material' deal or no deal
Metallurgical products import to Uzbekistan to be reduced via metallurgical plant in Tashkent
Stable basic export rate could help boost Iran's exports
Iran to settle all wheat farmers' claims
WB implements new project in Georgia
President Aliyev holds phone conversation with father of National Hero of Azerbaijan Shukur Hamidov
Iran plans to establish trade centers
New company admitted to Baku Stock Exchange
Shukur Hamidov's name will be immortalized in Gubadli district
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 23
Iran increases number of emergency beds in hospitals
Ambassador welcomes liberation of Azerbaijan's Agbend settlement on border with Iran
Turkey hopes for achieving success in Karabakh conflict settlement together with Russia - Erdogan
Putin's comments were response to those taking anti-Azerbaijani position, analyst says
Kazakhstan's postal service operator to buy petrol via tender
Discussions on Karabakh conflict held at UN Security Council 25 years later - Assistant to Azerbaijani president
Export of cars to Kyrgyzstan spiked - Turkish Ministry of Trade
Turkmenistan increases fruit imports from EAEU countries
It's incorrect to talk about CSTO's help, while conflict taking place in Karabakh - Russian MFA
Azerbaijan confirms 212 more COVID-19 recoveries
No objective benefit for NATO's open support to any party of Karabakh conflict - Russian expert
Georgia reveals total projected harvest of grapes in 2020
Gold, silver prices in Azerbaijan down
Armenia carries out eco-terrorism against Azerbaijan
Georgia names number of beneficiaries received discount cards under agro-diesel promotion program
Captured Armenian soldier admits presence of foreign mercenaries in Armenia (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijani media working hard in information space, demonstrating objectivity, accuracy - MP
Daimler lifts profit forecast as China snaps up luxury cars
All news