Real Madrid and Inter Milan progress in the Champions League

Real Madrid and Inter Milan made their way into the last 16 of the Champions League with victories in Group D on Wednesday.

David Alaba and Toni Kroos’ first-half goals and Karim Benzema strikes gave Real a 3-0 win at Sheriff Tiraspol to secure their place in the next stage.

Earlier, a double in the second half from Edin Jako gave Inter a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.


Edin Jaco scored both goals in Inter Milan’s win (Luca Bruno/AP/Press Association Image)

Real have a two-point lead over Inter before the two clubs meet on match day six, when the group winners will be decided, while the Sheriff of Moldova heads to the Europa League.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both qualified from Group A after Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Ligue 1 leaders in Group A 2–1.

Kylian Mbappe put PSG ahead after half-time at the Etihad Stadium, but goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus turned the game around and saw City secure the top spot.


Gabriel Jesus, right, scored the winner (Tim Goode/PA)

Both teams are through after a 5–0 win over RB Leipzig at Club Brugge to boost their hopes of reaching the Europa League. Christopher Nkunku opened and closed the scoring in Belgium, while Emil Forsberg also netted a double, first from the penalty spot, and Andre Silva was also on the scoresheet.

AC Milan registered their first Champions League win since the 2013–14 season, as a 1–0 win over Atlético Madrid kept their hopes of progress alive.

Junior Messias led an 87th-minute winner in Madrid to leave an exciting final for Group B.


Junior Messias, right, celebrates his winner (Manu Fernandez / AP)

Liverpool have already won the group, and scored five out of five in a 2–0 win against Porto at Anfield with second-half goals from Thiago and Mohamed Salah.

But the results advanced to the final round, separating Porto, Milan and Atlético by one point.

Ajax maintained their 100 percent record in Group C with a 2–1 win at Besiktas, which led to a penalty in the 22nd minute from Rachid Ghazal.


Sebastian Haller celebrates the winner (AP)

However, Sebastian Haller’s double after the break was replaced by the Dutch club’s fifth group win.

Sporting Lisbon are in pole position to follow Ajax after going second to Borussia Dortmund with a 3-1 win against the Bundesliga side.

Pedro Gonçalves’ brace from Emre Can’s 74th-minute red card gave the hosts two goals before their task was eased. Pedro Porro took third place before a late consolation goal from Donel Malén in extra time.

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