CL round-up: Ronaldo fires Madrid into next round

Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd L) of Real Madrid celebrates with team mates after scoring against Lyon...

Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd L) of Real Madrid celebrates with team mates after scoring against Lyon during a Champions League soccer match at the Gerland stadium in Lyon on Nov. 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Robert Pratta)

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Lyon, France - Real Madrid clinched a spot in the knockout round of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at Lyon in Group D play.

Cristiano Ronaldo provided both goals for the Spanish side as he scored from a free kick midway through the first half and doubled his tally from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time, giving Real four wins from four games in group play.

The opening goal arrived in the 24th minute when Real's Karim Benzema was fouled near the edge of the penalty area by Yoann Gourcuff, allowing Ronaldo to fire a low shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas saw his share of action prior to halftime, but he kept out any chances the home side threw his way, and Ronaldo secured the win from the penalty spot after the break.

Mouhamadou Dabo fouled the Portugal international inside the area, and Ronaldo picked himself up and fired home his second goal of the game.

Ajax 4, Dinamo Zagreb 0

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ajax took over sole possession of second place in Group D by thrashing Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday.

Goals from Gregory Van Der Wiel and Miralem Sulejmani put the Dutch side in front 2-0 at the break, while Siem De Jong scored a third goal in the 65th minute and Nicolas Lodeiro capped the scoring in stoppage time.

Ajax moved three points clear of Lyon with the win while Zagreb has lost its first four games in group play by a combined score of 9-0.

Bayern Munich 3, Napoli 2

Munich, Germany - Bayern Munich moved another step closer to securing a place in the knockout round on Wednesday as a first-half hat trick from Mario Gomez gave the German side a 3-2 win over Napoli.

Gomez scored in the 16th, 22nd and 42nd minutes to give his side a commanding 3-0 lead.

Federico Fernaindez pulled a goal back for Napoli just before halftime, and after each team had a player sent off in the second half, Fernaindez scored again 12 minutes from time, but Bayern held on for all three points.

The German side sits atop Group A with 10 points while Napoli is third, two points adrift of second-place Manchester City.

Manchester City 3, Villarreal 0

Villarreal, Spain - A goal in each half from Yaya Toure helped Manchester City secure a 3-0 win at Villarreal on Wednesday, moving the club into second place in Group A.

Toure struck after 29 minutes for the Citizens while Mario Balotelli doubled the advantage from the penalty spot just before the break.

The third goal came with 20 minutes to play as Toure found the back of the net once more, allowing City to remain within three points of leaders Bayern Munich.

Inter Milan 2, Lille 1

Milan, Italy - Inter Milan moved four points clear at the top of Group B after claiming a 2-1 victory at home against Lille on Wednesday.

The Nerazzurri took the lead through Walter Samuel in the 17th minute, while Diego Milito doubled the advantage midway through the second half.

Lille pulled a goal back when Tulio De Melo found the net for the French side, but they were unable to muster up a second goal and find themselves on the bottom of the group.

Manchester United 2, Otelul 0

Manchester, England - Manchester United moved level with Benfica at the top of Group C on Wednesday after a 2-0 home triumph over Otelul.

Antonio Valencia scored the opening goal after eight minutes, but it wasn't until a deflected effort from Wayne Rooney found the net four minutes from time that United was able to wrap up all three points.

Otelul has now lost its first four games in group play, with United joining Benfica on eight points at the summit.

Benfica 1, Basel 1

Lisbon, Portugal - A second-half goal from Benjamin Huggel allowed Basel to snatch a 1-1 draw at Benfica on Wednesday and keep the Swiss side within three points of the top spot in Group C.

Rodrigo put Benfica in front after just four minutes as the Portuguese side controlled much of the play.

However, Huggel hit back against the run of play for Basel by finishing off a cross from Scott Chipperfield to keep his team in the mix for a place in the next round.

 


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