Manchester United's Javier Hernandez (L) is challenged by
Braga's Nuno Andre Coelho during their Champions League
Group H match at Municipal stadium in Braga. REUTERS/Miguel
Barcelona wasted their first chance to reach the
Champions League last 16 after a surprise defeat to Celtic but
Manchester United edged through and six-goal Bayern Munich
blasted their way closer to qualification.
Favourites Barca lost 2-1 in Scotland after Victor Wanyama
netted with a first-half header and Tony Watt stroked home on
83 minutes in a famous win for the modest Scottish champions
who almost shocked the Catalans last time out.
Lionel Messi pulled one back late on but the point that would
have put the Group G leaders through was not forthcoming even
if they still lead Celtic by two points and Benfica, 2-0
winners over Spartak Moscow, by five with two to play.
United came from behind to win 3-1 at Portugal's Braga after
a Robin van Persie strike, Wayne Rooney's penalty and Javier
Hernandez's goal in the final 10 minutes secured a berth in
the first knockout stage as group winners after a painful
early exit last term.
A powercut after Alan's opening penalty for the hosts had
held up the game for around 10 minutes in the second half but
United roared back.
Galatasaray's 3-1 win in Cluj left the second spot wide open
in Group H.
Shakhtar Donetsk could have gone through with a win in Group
E but lost 3-2 at holders Chelsea, who netted late through
Victor Moses following Willian's excellent double for the
Juventus won 4-0 at home to Nordsjaelland but stay third on
six points with the Ukraine and English sides both on seven.
Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro shone even more than
Brazilian Willian by scoring a 15-minute first-half hat-trick
to help hosts Bayern batter Lille 6-1 and top Group F with
nine points alongside Valencia, 4-2 victors at home to BATE