Real Madrid CF maintained their perfect record in Group D and strolled into the round of 16, while FC Internazionale Milano and FC Bayern München all neared the knockout stages on matchday four.
Cristiano Ronaldo struck a goal in each half at Olympique Lyonnais – a trademark free-kick and a penalty – as Madrid won 2-0 to make it four out of four and join FC Barcelona and AC Milan in booking progress with two games to spare. Madrid are the only side with a 100% record in this season's group stage and lead their section by five points from AFC Ajax, who turned on the style in a 4-0 win against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, who cannot finish in the top two. The Dutch champions meet Lyon in France on matchday five in a game that could decide the pool's other qualification spot.
A Mario Gomez hat-trick helped Bayern race into a 3-0 lead against SSC Napoli, but the visitors fought back with two goals from Federico Fernández to leave the home side hanging on. That they did, though, and with their stadium hosting this season's final, Bayern just need a point to make the last 16. Manchester City FC are now second in Group A, two points ahead of their matchday five hosts Napoli, after a 3-0 win at Villarreal CF. Yaya Touré scored twice for Roberto Mancini's men and after a fourth loss Villarreal are playing for a UEFA Europa League berth.
Despite losing the first game at home to Trabzonspor AŞ, Inter are now four points clear in Group B after a 2-1 home win against LOSC Lille Métropole. A towering header from Walter Samuel opened the scoring, and Diego Milito struck a second which proved vital after Túlio de Melo's late effort. Trabzonspor and PFC CSKA Moskva both sit on five points with the Russian side having the head-to-head edge after tonight's goalless draw.
In Group C, SL Benfica looked on course to join Madrid as matchday four qualifiers when Rodrigo gave them the lead against FC Basel 1893. Benjamin Huggel hit back, though, keeping the Swiss side in the hunt. That draw allowed Manchester United FC to pull level with Benfica at the top of the section, three points ahead of Basel, after Sir Alex Ferguson's side notched up a second 2-0 win against FC Oţelul Galaţi, who are now out.
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