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Bayern stroll into last 16, Cillian Sheridan's APOEL miss out on Europa League

Elsewhere, Schalke went through to the knockout stages and Athletic Bilbao booked third place.

Bayern players celebrate after winning 3-0.
Bayern players celebrate after winning 3-0.
Image: Kerstin Joensson

Bayern Munich 3-0 CSKA Moscow

Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League Group E campaign ended in a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow that knocked the Russian side out of Europe.

Thomas Muller’s first-half penalty and late goals from Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze sealed a routine victory for Bayern, while defeat for CSKA means they cannot even enjoy the consolation of Europa League football in the new year. The Bundesliga champions came into Wednesday’s clash at the Allianz Arena already confirmed as pool winners, while the picture was slightly more complicated for CSKA.

Leonid Slutsky’s men needed a win in Munich and had to hope the game between Roma and Manchester City in Italy ended in anything other than victory for the home side. In the end, City claimed second spot with a 2-0 win in Rome while CSKA finished bottom of the group with five points.

Ajax 4 APOEL 0

Ajax booked their place in the UEFA Europa League with a comfortable 4-0 win over Cillian Sheridan’s APOEL at the Amsterdam Arena.

Frank de Boer’s men needed only a draw from their final Champions League Group F fixture to finish third in the pool, but wrapped up a spot in European football’s secondary club competition in style. Lasse Schone scored either side of half-time before Davy Klaassen and Arkadiusz Milik added a goal apiece as the Dutch champions ran riot against their Cypriot counterparts.

Irish striker Sheridan was taken off after 65 minutes.

Maribor 0-1 Schalke 04

Schalke snatched a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League as substitute Max Meyer gave them a 1-0 win at Maribor.

The visitors were ahead on 62 minutes when goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic poorly parried a Marco Hoger cross and substitute Meyer, recently on for Barnetta, coolly slotted the ball home. The home supporters did their best to rally Maribor, but Schalke grew in confidence once in front and restricted their opponents to long-range attempts as the Germans held on to book their spot in the knockout rounds.

Porto 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Portugal Soccer Champions League FC Porto Vincent Aboubakar. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The Ukrainian outfit appeared to be on their way to a surprise win, but a late equaliser eventually saw the home side maintain their unbeaten status.

Shakhtar Donetsk have held Porto to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio do Dragao in Wednesday evening’s Champions League Group H meeting. Porto and Shakhtar were assured of first and second place respectively in Group H ahead of tonight’s meeting at the Estadio do Dragao and, with both under-strength, the first half was a dull affair.

However, play flowed from end to end after the interval and, after Taras Stepanenko’s thumping header had given Shakhtar the lead, Aboubakar’s 87th-minute piledriver ensured the spoils were shared.

Athletic Bilbao 2 BATE 0

Athletic Bilbao sealed third place in UEFA Champions League Group H and a Europa League spot with a 2-0 home win against BATE.

Neither team could advance to the last 16 after Wednesday’s clash, but the hosts knew a draw would be enough to secure their spot in Europe’s second-tier competition while only a win would do for BATE.

Aleksandr Yermakovich’s men frustrated Athletic until the 47th minute when Mikel San Jose scored the vital opener from a corner and Markel Susaeta added a second late on. Susaeta’s strike also meant BATE hold the unenviable record of conceding the most goals in a Champions League group stage at 24, the previous mark of 22 having been set by Dinamo Zagreb during the 2011-12 season.

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