Bayern, Juventus advance to CL last 16

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Robert Lewandowski has scored a hat-trick, set up another goal and missed a penalty in his 100th Champions League appearance as Bayern Munich crushed Benfica 5-2 to cruise into the last 16 with two matches to spare.

Juventus booked their spot in the knockout stage after a double from Argentine striker Paulo Dybala steered them to a 4-2 win over Zenit St Petersburg.

A Cristiano Ronaldo brace, including a stoppage-time equaliser, as Manchester United came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw away to Atalanta.

There were wins for title-holders Chelsea and Barcelona while Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt enjoyed a winning debut.

Lewandowski opened the scoring in Munich by heading in from close-range after Kingsley Coman danced to the byline.

The Polish forward had a lively start as he assisted Serge Gnabry's back-heeled second and missed a penalty inside the first half.

Leroy Sane grabbed the third soon after the restart with a brilliant volley and Lewandowski marked his century by completing his hat-trick with a chip and a lob over keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos.

Benfica had started well and had a goal disallowed but were ultimately outclassed by the 2020 champions despite Morato's header cutting the deficit to 2-1 and Darwin Nunez's late consolation in between Lewandowski's 80th and 81st in the elite competition.

Benfica fell to third in Group E, two points behind Barcelona, who won 1-0 at Dynamo Kiev to stay six behind Bayern.

Sergi Barjuan continued as caretaker coach for Barca and saw Ansu Fati smash home the 71st minute winner to put the team in control of second place, before hosting Benfica in the penultimate round.

Juventus are toiling in Serie A but stayed perfect in Group H thanks to Dybala's double, the second with a retaken penalty, and goals from Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata against Zenit.

Chelsea, three points behind, host Juventus next but are also on the verge of the knockout stage after Hakim Ziyech struck the only goal for a 1-0 win away to Malmo.

Ziyech finished a delightful cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi at the back post in the 56th minute to break the resistance of the determined hosts who remain bottom without a goal or point.

Ronaldo netted both equalisers for United, the second a volley in stoppage time, to grab a point in Italy.

Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata had each put the Bergamo hosts in front but United stay top of Group F on goal difference from Villarreal, who beat Young Boys 2-0.

Atalanta, two points behind he leaders, remain in contention.

Kohfeldt, who only took the reins of Wolfsburg last week, was in charge for a 2-1 victory over Red Bull Salzburg thanks to a fantastic finish from Lukas Nmecha on the hour.

Salzburg remain top of Group G on seven points, two clear of Wolfsburg and Lille, who came from behind to win 2-1 at Sevilla.

with Reuters

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