Holders Bayern Munich and their group rivals Manchester City became the first teams to qualify for the knockout stages of this season's UEFA Champions League. Bayern made heavy weather of beating Viktoria Plzen 1-0 while City reached the knockout stages for the first time, after failing to progress from the group stage in the last two seasons, with a 5-2 thumping of CSKA Moscow in Manchester.
"That wasn't a festival from us, we made life hard for ourselves," said Bayern's Toni Kroos after his side had equalled the Champions League record of nine successive wins. "In the opening stages, we gave the ball away too often and had too few chances of our own. Nevertheless, we can be proud to have reached the knock-out stage."
Real Madrid came close to joining them, but having gone 2-1 up in Turin against Juventus they were pegged back to 2-2 with a goal by former Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente. Cristiano Ronaldo's opener for Real took him level for the all-time total of goals scored in the group phase with eight, and Gareth Bale also scored his first European goal for Los Blancos.
French champions Paris Saint Germain also missed out on claiming their knockout place on Tuesday as they were held to a surprise 1-1 draw at home to previously pointless and goalless Belgian outfit Anderlecht, who the French side had thumped 5-0 a fortnight ago in Brussels.
United, PSG held
In the end, PSG extended their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions, as Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a point for the hosts after they briefly trailed. Elsewhere in Group C, Olympiacos saw off Benfica 1-0 thanks to a first half Kostas Manolas effort.
City had got the better of CSKA with a Sergio Aguero double and a hat-trick from Alvaro Negredo, with manager Manuel Pellegrini saying: "It is the first step, but it's an important one as the team has not qualified before. We have done that now."
While City won with something to spare, their city rivals Manchester United laboured to a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad, who gained their first point of the campaign. Robin van Persie summed up United's frustrating evening as he hammered his second-half penalty against the post.
United's Belgian international midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the closing stages. They still lead their group by a point but both Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk, who drew 0-0 in Ukraine, are lurking.