Real and AC through, City gone

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Updated: November 22, 2012

AC Milan and Real Madrid led a 6 team advancement through to the last 16 of the Champions League as Group A-D battled it out for places in the knock out stages. No such luck for Manchester City as they were left in the cold failing to beat Real at home.

Seven-time champions AC Milan put their Serie A problems behind them as Stephan El Shaarawy, Mexes and Alexandre Pato scored in the second half at Anderlecht in Group C. The highlight came when Frenchman Mexes chested up the ball on the edge of the area and sent a dipping bicycle kick into the far corner of the net to surprise even Milan’s unflappable coach Massimiliano Allegri. Malaga, who had already qualified from the group, guaranteed top spot with a 2-2 draw at Zenit St Petersburg.

Nine time champions Real Madrid, who suffered the setback of a defeat at Dortmund on the way, went through with a 1-1 draw at City who were eliminated at the group stage for the second time in a row.  Bundesliga champions Dortmund thrashed four times European champions Ajax Amsterdam 4-1 away in the same group despite allowing their opponents much of the possession.

Lavezzi scored his first goals for PSG helping the French side win 2-0 at Dynamo Kiev and qualify from Group A, joining Porto who were already though. The Portuguese side enjoyed a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Montpellier and Schalke’s 1-0 defeat of Olympiakos Piraeus meant both sides progressed from Group B.

Seven other sides  Malaga, Barcelona, Porto, Manchester United, Valencia, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk had already through.