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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 26, 2015
PARIS---Zlatan Ibrahimovic cele-
brated his return to his first senior
club with a goal as Paris Saint-Ger-
main advanced to the knockout phase
of the Champions League yesterday
while Juventus claimed top spot to
qualify from Group D with a 1-0 win
over Manchester City.
Ibrahimovic played his first com-
petitive club match at his hometown
team Malmo since joining Ajax in 2001.
He marked the occasion by netting
PSG s third goal, with Laurent Blanc s
players thrashing their Swedish oppo-
nents 5-0 in Group A.
Already qualified before travelling
to Ukraine, ten-time European cham-
pion Real Madrid conceded three goals
in 12 minutes yet still came away with
a 4-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in
the group s other match. Cristiano
Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid made
sure of finishing top.
In Group B, Manchester United was
left frustrated by another lackluster
performance in a 0-0 draw against
PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford. The
group remains wide open and will be
decided on the final day after Wolfs-
burg moved to the top of the standings
with a 2-0 defeat of CSKA Moscow.
Atletico secured its place in the next
round with a 2-0 victory over
Galatasaray in Group C and will travel
to Benfica to decide first place in two
weeks time. Both teams have 10 points
after Benfica recovered from a two-
goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Astana.
Here s a closer look at yesterday s
games in the Champions League:
Bearing the slogan "Je suis Paris"
(I am Paris) on their shirts in solidarity
with the French capital following the
Nov. 13 attacks, Paris Saint-Germain s
players secured qualification for the
knockout stages with ease in a 5-0
rout of Malmo.
Among PSG s scorers was Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, who returned to his
Swedish hometown for the game and
earned a standing ovation from sup-
porters of his former club.
Angel di Maria scored twice for PSG,
while Adrien Rabiot and Lucas also
made the scoresheet. Malmo came
closest when captain Markus Rosen-
berg hit the post with a penalty.
Real Madrid had already qualified
but made sure of the top spot despite
a late scare, winning 4-3 over Shakhtar
Donetsk in Ukraine.
Two goals and two assists from
Cristiano Ronaldo powered Real to a
seemingly unassailable 4-0 lead before
Shakhtar mounted a comeback. Real
held on for the three points in a nervy
finish that is unlikely to end criticism
of the team following Saturday s 4-0
loss to arch-rival Barcelona.
Yesterday s results mean the only
thing at stake in next month s final
round of Group A games is third place
and a ticket to the Europa League.
Shakhtar and Malmo are both on three
points, but the Ukrainian team will
take the spot if they finish level.
It s all to play for heading into the
final matchday, with Wolfsburg, Man
United and PSV Eindhoven all in with
a chance of qualifying and all still hav-
ing their destiny in their hands.
United has been criticized for its
defensive style under Van Gaal and its
goalless draw against PSV---its first at
home in the Champions League since
September 2010---leaves the team s
qualification chances in jeopardy.
PSV, which defended excellently
and posed the greater threat in the
final 25 minutes at Old Trafford, will
qualify by beating CSKA Moscow at
home in two weeks. If that happens,
United will have to beat Wolfsburg
away to avoid dropping into the Europa
Wolfsburg went top after beating
CSKA Moscow 2-0, with Andre
Schuerrle scoring one goal and deliv-
ering the shot that was deflected in
off the arm of goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
for what was marked down as an own
Wolfsburg leads United by one
point, with PSV a point further behind
Atletico Madrid and Benfica both
advanced from Group C, while
Galatasaray and FC Astana were elim-
Atletico secured its spot in the round
of 16 for the third straight season by
beating Galatasaray 2-0 at home, while
Benfica advanced with a 2-2 draw at
Atletico and Benfica will play for
first place when they meet in Portugal
on December 8. Benfica defeated
Atletico 2-1 in Madrid when the two
teams met earlier in the group stage.
France striker Antoine Griezmann
scored a goal in each half as Atletico
easily defeated the Turkish team at
the Vicente Calderon Stadium, with
both goals set up by team captain Gabi.
Raul Jimenez scored twice to help
Benfica rally from two goals down
against Astana, which will finish
unbeaten at home in its first ever
Champions League campaign.
Juventus went top in Group D and
made sure of progressing to the knock-
out stages with a 1-0 win over Man-
Juventus moved onto 11 points, two
more than already-qualified City,
heading into the final group match. It
also has a better head-to-head record,
having won 2-1 in Manchester.
Mario Mandzukic scored the only
goal of an entertaining game in the
18th minute, moments after City
should have taken the lead.
Paul Pogba feinted round his marker
and the former Manchester United
player spread the ball to the left for
Alex Sandro to cross in toward
Mandzukic, who volleyed home.
Both sides also hit the woodwork,
while Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi
Buffon did brilliantly to prevent Sergio
Aguero from levelling.
Juventus would have qualified even
if it had lost, after Borussia
Moenchengladbach defeated Sevilla
4-2 to boost its chances of playing in
the Europa League. (AP)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, top, celebrate his side's fourth goal with teammate, Gareth Bale, during the
Champions League Group A football match against FC Shakhtar at Arena Lviv stadium in Lviv, Western
Ukraine, yesterday. Real won 4-3. AP PHOTO
...Juventus beats Manchester City
Ibrahimovic scores on CL return to Malmo
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