Bayern & City first into Round of 16

Posted by Antonio Rusinol & Paul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

Two teams advanced to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday, both from Group D, as Bayern Munich and Manchester City moved on with two group games left to play. Here are five notes on these teams and the rest of Tuesday’s action in the Champions League …

• With a 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich's win over Viktoria Plzen, Manchester City advances to the Champions League knockout round for the first time, after going out in the group stage the previous two seasons.

City got a hat trick from Alvaro Negredo and two goals from Sergio Agüero. Negredo is the sixth Spaniard to tally a Champions League hat trick, and the first since Roberto Soldado two years ago. Agüero has scored in six straight games for Man City.

• Mario Mandzukic scored for Bayern Munich in its 1-0 win over Viktoria Plzen, as the German side advanced to its 16th UCL knockout round, second most in history after Real Madrid's 17. Mandzukic has five goals in his past five matches in all competitions and 10 overall this season.

Bayern recorded its ninth consecutive UCL win since March, tying the record set by Barcelona from 2002 to 2003. Bayern has scored at least a goal in every game this season and is unbeaten (15-0-3) in all competitions.

• In Turin, 2-2 was the score line as Real Madrid and Juventus drew for the first time in 15 meetings. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 59th career goal in UEFA club competitions, tying Thierry Henry and Henrik Larsson for seventh-most all-time. Ronaldo has eight UCL goals this season, equaling Filippo Inzaghi, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Hernan Crespo for most in a single group stage.

Gareth Bale scored his fifth career UCL goal and first since his famed hat trick versus Inter Milan in October 2010. Four of his five UCL goals have been against Italian clubs.

• Juventus’ first goal came through a penalty by Arturo Vidal, who has now buried 9 of 11 penalties in Serie A and UCL with Juventus. Real Madrid has conceded five penalties in the past three games in all competitions, four of which have been goals. Fernando Llorente scored the final goal of the match, his seventh career goal against Real Madrid in 19 matches. However, the Spanish forward has managed to win only one of those matches (1-17-1).

Despite winning only three points and sitting in fourth place through four games, Juventus is still favored to reach the knockout round. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index has Juventus (57.0 percent to advance) ahead of both Galatasaray (26.4 percent) and Copenhagen (16.6 percent), who have four points each. Juventus finishes the group stage by hosting Copenhagen then traveling to Galatasaray. Real Madrid is a virtual lock to advance from Group B at 99.98 percent.

• Robin van Persie hit the post with a penalty in Manchester United's scoreless draw against Real Sociedad, his second penalty miss in six tries with Man United. Van Persie also struck the post with a second shot, becoming the first player to hit the woodwork twice in a game this Champions League season.


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