- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

FRANKFURT, Germany — Title holder Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League, while group rival Manchester City reached the second round for the first time by outclassing CSKA Moscow 5-2.

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid missed early opportunities to qualify by being held to draws — and both had to come from behind. PSG was held 1-1 at home by Anderlecht and Real settled for a 2-2 draw at Juventus.

In a match with few thrills, substitute Mario Mandzukic scored with a second-half header to put Bayern through, while a hat trick from Alvaro Negredo and a brace from Sergio Aguero propelled City into the next stage.

Bayern Captain Philipp Lahm said his team had “slept through the early stage of the match. Perhaps we think it’s going to be easy.”


Bayern has four wins from four games and tops Group D with 12 points, while second-place City has nine following its victory over CSKA.

“It shows how strong a team we have,” Guardiola said, adding his team’s performance will get even better. “We have a new coach, new players. We need time before we stabilize our game.”

It was Bayern’s ninth consecutive win in the Champions League over two seasons, equaling Barcelona’s record from the 2002-03 campaign. Bayern and City advanced with two matches to spare.

“Every coach would have to be happy about that and I’m not an exception,” Guardiola said through a translator. “I hope it is a boost for us and we will be able to improve that record at CSKA Moscow.”

Aguero, who has scored in six straight games, converted a penalty in the third minute, added a second in the 20th and then fed Negredo as City raced into a 3-0 lead after half an hour in Manchester.

“Aguero is in a great moment, not only because he’s scoring but because the whole team is playing offensive football and that’s important,” City’s coach Manuel Pellegrini said.

CSKA striker Seydou Doumbia also scored twice — either side of Negredo’s second goal in the 51st — before the Spain striker completed his hat trick with the last touch of the game from a header.

“The minimum target was to qualify for the next round but it’s not the only target,” City’s coach Manuel Pellegrini said. “I’m sure the team we play (in the last 16) will not be very happy to play against us.”

Group A leader Manchester United and second-place Bayer Leverkusen were both held to 0-0 draws away from home, at Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk, respectively.

Robin van Persie, who substituted Wayne Rooney, hit the post with a powerful penalty shortly after driving against the same piece of the woodwork. United’s Marouane Fellaini was sent off late in the game as Real Sociedad won its first point.

”That was a game we should have won. It was there for us to take the points, get ourselves in a really strong position, and near enough get clear,” United manager David Moyes said. “At the moment we’re still top of the group and in a good position.”

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