MANCHESTER, England -- Failing to top a Champions League group often comes back to bite teams when the competition really gets going in the round of 16.Maybe not this season.Bayern Munich and Manchester City are two high-profile teams who are guaranteed to advance as runners-up following the latest round of group games in Europes top competition on Wednesday.Bayern surprisingly lost 3-2 at tournament newcomer FC Rostov and will finish in Group D behind Atletico Madrid, which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 and is the only team to have won all five of its group games.City drew 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach and cannot now topple Barcelona, which secured first place in Group C by beating Celtic 2-0 thanks to Lionel Messis double.Arsenal is likely to finish in second place in Group A after drawing with Paris Saint-Germain 2-2.Real Madrid, the reigning champion, is another top team sitting as runner-up in a group heading into the final round of games, while Juventus and Sevilla are battling for first and second place in Group H.It remains to be seen whether teams benefit this season from topping the group, which earns a last-16 match against a runner-up.Heres how Wednesdays action unfolded:GROUP APSG leads Arsenal thanks to a superior head-to-head record after salvaging a draw at Emirates Stadium courtesy of Alex Iwobis own goal in the 77th minute.Edinson Cavani converted a cross from Blaise Matuidi to put the French team ahead, but Arsenal fought back via Olivier Girouds penalty and an own goal by Marco Verratti.Both teams have 11 points but PSG is top, after scoring more away goals in their two meetings. PSG and Arsenal drew 1-1 in Paris in September.Ludogorets Razgrad and FC Basel drew 0-0, leaving them on two points each and sending their fight for third place to the final round of group matches.GROUP BQualification could have been determined in this group on Wednesday, but a couple of draws mean three teams are fighting for two spots on Matchday 6.Napoli could have advanced in record time a month ago, but is still not guaranteed a top-two finish after drawing 0-0 at home to Dynamo Kiev.Besiktas rallied from an early three-goal deficit to draw with Benfica 3-3, with Vincent Aboubakar scoring an 89th-minute equalizer.Napoli has eight points along with Benfica, with Besiktas a point adrift. Dynamo was eliminated. In the last round, Benfica hosts Napoli and Besiktas visits Kiev.GROUP CMessi steered Barcelona to a 13th straight appearance in the knockout stage by moving to nine goals for the competition this season, which is more than 20 of the 32 competing teams have managed.Messi drove in a 24th-minute opener against Celtic before converting a penalty in the 55th, for his 92nd goal in the Champions League. Five of his nine goals in the group stage have come against Celtic, following his hat trick in a 7-0 win over the Scottish champion at Camp Nou in September.Barcelona is four points clear of City, which earned the point it needed to qualify against Moenchengladbach when David Silva scored in first-half injury time. That canceled out Raffaels goal.Both teams finished with 10 men, with `Gladbachs Lars Stindl sent off and Fernandinho picking up two yellow cards for City.GROUP DFew would have imagined that FC Rostovs first-ever victory in the Champions League would come at the expense of Bayern, a five-time winner and one of the favorites this season.Bayern had already qualified but is guaranteed to finish second in the group.Rostov replied to Douglas Costas opener with goals by Sardar Azmoun and Dmitry Poloz, who scored from the penalty spot. Juan Bernat equalized for Bayern before Christian Noboa curled in a 67th-minute free kick for the winning goal.Rostov lost 5-0 in the first match between the teams, two months ago.That meant Atletico needed only a point at home to PSV Eindhoven but the Spanish team got all three, and maintained its 100 percent record in group play. Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann were the scorers in the second half. China Shoes Nike . 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He had a goal and two assists for a career-high three points as Columbus beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to snap a five-game losing streak. Manchester Uniteds attacking problems continued as it lost to Fenerbahce 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, leaving it at risk of a group-stage exit.United beat Fenerbahce 4-1 at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, but arrived in Turkey after drawing with Burnley 0-0, during which it dominated and had 37 chances.Again, Jose Mourinhos side failed to convert a glut of possession into goals, but this time it also struggled to create opportunities. Its attacking intent increased briefly after Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaced the injured Paul Pogba half an hour in.Uniteds struggles in front of goal, however, are being reflected by Ibrahimovic, who netted five goals in as many matches to get his United career off to a flying start, but has managed to score just once in the last 11 matches.They deserved to win. Football is not just about quality, its about effort, commitment, playing the limits, and giving everything, Mourinho said. A team that concedes a goal after two minutes is a team that is not ready, is a team that is not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated ...After their second goal we had a reaction ... but we didnt deserve more. Our problem started in our attitude. They were playing the Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly.Uniteds David De Gea was by far the busier goalkeeper.Moussa Sow put Fenerbahce in front after only 66 seconds with a stunning overhead kick from just inside the area, and Jermaine Lens doubled the Turkish sides lead with a magnificent free kick in the 59th, much to the delight of a raucous home crowd. De Gea hardly moved for it.Wayne Rooney netted a late consolation, smashing the ball in from 30 yards to move level with Ruud van Nistelrooy on 38 European goals for United. The captain is two goals from tying Bobby Charltons record of 249 for United.Fenerbahce leapfrogged United into top spot in Group A, level on points with Feyenoord, which drew at Zorya Luhansk 1-1. United slipped to third, one point off the pace.Heres a look at other matches:SOUTHAMPTON 2, INTER MILAN 1Inter Milan interim coach Stefano Vecchi knew he facced a daunting task when he stepped in for the sacked Frank de Boer just two days ago.ddddddddddddThe first half went well for the youth team coach as Mauro Icardi fired Inter in front.There was drama in first-half stoppage time as Southampton was awarded a somewhat soft penalty when the ball hit Ivan Perisic on the elbow. Inter players protested, and Antonio Candreva was fortunate not to be sent off after elbowing Sam McQueen in the face.Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, a spot-kick specialist, dove to his left to keep out Dusan Tadics tame penalty attempt.Southampton turned the match around in five second-half minutes.A corner fell to Oriol Romeu, whose effort crashed off the crossbar, but Virgil van Dijk, who troubled Inter all match, fired in the rebound to level. Shortly after, McQueens deflected cross bounced off Yuto Nagatomos knee and past a hapless Handanovic.Southampton remained second in Group K, two points behind Sparta Prague, which beat Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0. Inter was bottom, six points behind Sparta, with its only points coming from the home win against Southampton.ATHLETIC BILBAO 5, GENK 3Aritz Aduriz netted all five goals for Bilbao to hand the Spanish side a much-needed win in Group F. With two penalties, Aduriz put his side 3-1 up at the break. Genk closed to within one, but Aduriz scored his fourth and converted his third penalty in stoppage time.Bilbao moved level on points with Genk on top of the group, one above Sassuolo and Rapid Vienna, who drew 2-2 in Italy after two goals in the final five minutes for the visitors.OTHER MATCHESFour sides qualified for the next stage, with two matches to spare.Zenit St Petersburg and Shakhtar Donetsk just needed to avoid defeat, and the Russian side battled past Dundalk 2-1 in Group D, while Shakhtar won at KAA Gent 5-3 to clinch top spot in Group H.Ajax was also through after beating Celta Vigo 3-2, while Schalke sealed its spot in the round of 32 with a 2-0 win over FK Krasnodar. ' ' '
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