UEFA Champions League Results and Table: Manchester United Wins Over Bayer For Knockout Round Spot As Wayne Rooney Stars

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Nov 27, 2013 05:11 PM EST
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Bayer Leverkusen's Emir Spahic (L) is challenged by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (2nd L) and Ryan Giggs (3rd L) during their Champions League Group A soccer match at the BayArena in Leverkusen November 27, 2013."

The Champions League round of 16 is already starting to get some teams through and Manchester United is now one of those clubs after winning over Bayer Leverkusen and Wayne Rooney was one of the biggest reasons why the team advanced, as he helped set up three of the five goals on the day and Juventus also was victorious on Wednesday.

Jonathan Evans also scored in the game and put in the third goal and other winners from the day included Shakhtar Donetsk, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Rooney set up three goals as Manchester United cruised to a 5-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, booking their Champions League knockout stage spot and snapping the Germans' eight-game home winning streak in the competition.

Rooney tormented Leverkusen with pinpoint passes throughout the game and found Antonio Valencia with a deep cross for an easy tap-in before floating a free kick into the box which defender Emir Spahic headed into his own net in the 30th minute.

Jonny Evans added another after taking advantage of some confusion in the box and Chris Smalling scored in the 77th before a cute Nani finish late on made sure of English clubs' fifth win in seven matches against German teams this season. The win lifted United, who were playing without injured Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie, to 11 points in Group A, three ahead of Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, with Leverkusen in third on seven.

(Reuters)

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