Bayern Munich and Manchester City qualified for the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, while Real Madrid beat Inter Milan in a group nevertheless still topped by Borussia Mönchengladbach and Liverpool lost at home to Atalanta.
Holders Bayern Munich failed to hit top form but did enough for a 3-1 win over visitors Salzburg to book their spot in the knockout stage with two games to spare. Manchester City booked their place in the knockout stage following a display far more dominant than the final scoreline suggests but manager Pep Guardiola has backed his attacking players to hit top gear after sealing qualification to the last 16 with a 1-0 victory at Olympiakos Piraeus.
Real Madrid claimed a first-ever win at San Siro, beating Inter 2-0 while Atalanta scored quickfire second-half goals to earn a comfortable 2-0 win over a toothless Liverpool. Though Liverpool still lead the group on nine points, both Atalanta and Ajax Amsterdam, who beat bottom side Midtjylland 3-1, are now two points behind with two games left to play.
Atletico Madrid huffed and puffed against Lokomotiv Moscow but had to a settle for a disappointing 0-0 home draw which left them with plenty to do if they are to reach the knockout stages. Porto comfortably beat Olympique de Marseille 2-0 away to move to the brink of qualifying.