Olympiakos, Leverkusen reach last 16 of Champions League
By Paul Logothetis ,AP
December 12, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
MADRID -- Olympiakos and Bayer Leverkusen reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, with either Juventus or Galatasaray set to join them after their match in Istanbul was abandoned because of a snowstorm.
Match officials stopped play after 31 minutes, ruling the field was too dangerous to play on. The last hour will now be played on Wednesday, kicking off at 3 p.m. local time (1300 GMT).
Olympiakos beat 8-man Anderlecht 3-1 to advance, edging out two-time champion Benfica, whose 2-1 victory over Paris St. Germain was not enough.
Leverkusen won 1-0 at Real Sociedad to finish behind Group A winner Manchester United, which beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score nine times in group play as the Portugal forward's 26th goal of the season helped carry Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory at Copenhagen to wrap up Group B.
“We're first in the group, the team played very well on a very bad pitch,” Ronaldo said. “I scored a goal and I'm happy that I can help the team.”
Manchester City finally managed to secure a victory over a European heavyweight, coming from behind to win 3-2 at Bayern Munich to end the defending champion's record winning streak at 10 games.
City fell one goal shy of taking Group D over Bayern on head-to-head results after the clubs finished tied on 15 points.
Bayern charged into a 2-0 lead by the 12th minute at the Allianz Arena before David Silva began the rally with a 28th-minute goal. City was inspired by the Spain midfielder and, after Aleksandar Kolarov equalized from the penalty spot, James Milner side footed home a low screamer to secure the win in the 62nd.
“This is a very important result for us,” City coach Manuel Pellegrini said.
Back in Manchester, Phil Jones scored in the 67th minute at Old Trafford as United continued to find its form in Europe while it struggles domestically.
United's victory helped Leverkusen, which won through Omer Toprak's second-half goal, as it condemned Shakhtar to a place in the Europa League after finishing third in the group.
Benfica joins Shakhtar in Europe's second-tier competition despite rallying from Edinson Cavani's 37th-minute opener for Group C winner PSG.