UCL: Man City, Bayern, Progress To Last 16, Atalanta Shock Liverpool At Anfield, Inter On The Brink

Manchester City have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare after a 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in Piraeus.

City needed one point to reach the last-16, but victory on Wednesday gave them four wins out of four and ensures they remain firm favourites to finish top of Group C.

There was a moment of silence before kick-off, following news of the death of football legend Diego Maradona at the age of 60.

England international Phil Foden scored the winning goal in the 36th minute, slotting home from Raheem Sterling’s delightful back-pass.

Pep Guardiola’s side completely dominated proceedings with Olympiakos failing to register a shot, or indeed even a touch in City’s box, until the 88th-minute.

City spurned further chances to increase their lead with Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva guilty of misses to leave the visitors with just the solitary goal despite 22 attempts at goal.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 71st Champions League goal as Bayern Munich beat RB Salzburg to secure progress to the last 16.

Lewandowski who was earlier named on an 11-man shortlist for the FIFA Best Awards opened scoring for the champions just before half time to move join Raul Gonzalez as the third-highest scorer in the competition’s history.

An own goal by Maximilian Wober and a strike by substitute Leroy Sane put the hosts 3-0 up before Mergim Berisha reduced the deficit for the visitors.

The victory maintains Bayern’s one hundred percent record in the group, and their twelve points are seven more than Atletico Madrid, nine more than Locomotiv Moscow and eleven more than Salzburg who can still make the knockout round despite having just one point.

In the group’s other game, Koke had a goal disallowed by VAR as Atletico Madrid missed a chance to boost their last 16 chances after they were held to a goalless draw by Lokomotiv Moscow at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atalanta scored twice in four minutes to condemn Liverpool to a first loss at Anfield inside 90 minutes since September 2018 and blow qualification from Champions League Group D wide open.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made a number of changes to his side leaving his team lacking fluidity and they failed to have a shot on target.

Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens struck for the Serie A side midway through the second half to secure a shock win.

Mohamed Salah, returning to the side, had fired over with the Reds’ best chance in the first half.

Klopp’s side still remain top of the group and need one win from their final two games – at home to Ajax and Midtjylland – to qualify.

Inter Milan’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League have all but evaporated as Real Madrid claimed a 2-0 victory at the San Siro.

Arturo Vidal was shown two yellow cards by referee Anthony Taylor after Inter’s penalty claims were waved away.

Eden Hazard converted an early spot kick for Real, with Achraf Hakimi scoring an own goal.

Antonio Conte’s side are rooted to the bottom of Group B with just two points from four games.

The win for Zinedine Zidane’s men moves the thirteen-time European champions up into second place in the group, one point behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Gladbach cruised to a 4-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the earlier kick off, scoring three first-half goals to boost their hopes of qualifying top of the group.