Bayern Munich, Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United have closed on Tuesday their access to the knockout stages of the Champions League, thanks to their respective victories over Benfica (5-1), AEK (0-2) and Young Boys ( 1-0), in a fifth day of the group stage that has also lived the draw of Olympique Lyonnais at home against Manchester City (2-2).
In Group E, Bayern barely had trouble beating the Lisbon side with two doubles from Arjen Robben (min. 13 and 30) and Robert Lewandowski (min. 36 and 51) along with a goal from Franck Ribéry (min. , making useless the target of Gedson Fernandes at the beginning of the second part. Thus, the Munichians continued in the first position with 13 points and will play their final place in Amsterdam the next day.
There will have his chance Ajax, who also took a ticket for the crosses after beating in Athens a rival evicted for several weeks. Two goals from Dusan Tadic in the second half, the first of them a penalty, sealed the Dutch triumph to occupy second place with 11 points and surpassed by 7 a Benfica who will have the consolation of being repascado a la 'Europa League'
In Group F, Lyon slipped a gap between the 16 best of this'Champions'tying at home with the City. Ivorian striker Maxwel Cornet put the hosts ahead in the 55th minute, thanks to a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and slipped close to the squad. But the guardians of Pep Guardiola made the 1-1 almost immediately, through Aymeric Laporte with a header at the exit of a corner.
Cornet himself scored the second of the French team in the 81 ', with a strong low shot inside the opponent's area and that was unappealable for goalkeeper Ederson. However, the traced script brought the 2-2 of Sergio Agüero on the next play, also head on a corner kick.
City is not yet a group first
The 'citizens', who were already classified, held first with 10 points but lost the 'goal average' with Olympique (7) in the sixth day could both finish leader and be eliminated. It will depend on his duel in Kharkiv against Shakhtar Donetsk (5), still alive in the tournament after winning 'in extremis' by 2-3 to a willful Hoffenheim but without luck in the final straight.
A goal by Taison in the 92nd minute, the second of his own account, cooled the mood of the Germans, who with 3 points at least choose to conclude third group and get into the 'Europa League'. His debut in the highest European competition will also be for the memory, with performances like the one on Tuesday when he came back from Ismaily's initial goal. First Andrej Kramaric and then Steven Zuber turned that situation around, before Taison made the 2-2 and the bitter 2-3.
He also savored the victory in the discount a Manchester United who speculated too much, at Old Trafford, against the weak Young Boys. A bit of the Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini drove the English grandstand and his coach José Mourinho mad, who destroyed a small container of sports drinks to celebrate the classification of his team (10 pts.) Behind a 'Juve' (12) with which will be played first place.
Finally, this fifth round date was completed in Group G with 1-2 of Viktoria Plzen over CSKA on their visit to Moscow. Nikola Vlasic, from the penalty spot, overtook the hosts in the 10th minute; However, Roman Procházka (56 ') and Lukás Hejda (81') turned the match around and caused the Czechs and Russians to tie with 4 points without any chance of sneaking into eighths.