UCL: Real Madrid, Man City Win Big
The attacking prowess of Real Madrid and Manchester City was on full display on Wednesday as both teams rained goals in their UEFA Champions League games against Viktoria Plzen and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively.
Gabriel Jesus claimed a deserved hat-trick as Manchester City hit six for the second game running to close in on a last 16 spot in the Champions League.
Hoffenheim's 2-2 draw with Lyon in the night’s other Group F game means City still haven't officially confirmed their place in the knockout stages.
But given this sort of irresistible form. City will be confident of seeing the job through in their final two group games.
It proved to be a memorable night for Jesus who claimed his first-ever hat-trick in senior football with David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez also on target to secure a back-to-back double over the Ukrainians.
On their part, Real Madrid all but booked their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a comfortable 5-0 victory over Group G opponents Viktoria Plzen at the Štruncovy Sady Stadion.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a fine individual effort that saw him get the better of two defenders and slot home through the legs of the goalkeeper, before Casemiro headed home to double the lead, soon after.
Benzema then added his second of the night in the 37th minute, following a corner, before Gareth Bale volleyed home Madrid's fourth, five minutes before the interval.
Substitute Vinícius Júnior then teed up Toni Kroos to make it five after the hour-mark to make it five and complete the rout, in what was Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari's first UEFA Champions League match in charge of the Merengues.
Bayern Munich 2-0 AEK Athens
Benefits 1-1 Ajax
Lyon 2-2 Hoffenheim
Manchester City 6-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
CSKA Moscow 1-2 Roma
Viktoria Plzen 0-5 Real Madrid
Valencia 3-1 Young Boys
Juventus 1-2 Manchester United
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