Fernandes scores twice as Man Utd hit four in Champions League
Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Manchester United beat Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 on Tuesday to close in on a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Fernandes opened the scoring early on for the hosts with a stunning 20-yard finish before tapping in a second.
Marcus Rashford scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 before half-time. Deniz Turuc scored a free-kick late on for the visitors but Daniel James side-footed in to round off the victory.
The result means Manchester United are top of Group H with nine points, three ahead of second-place Paris St-Germain.
Alvaro Morata scored a stoppage-time winner as Juventus overcame a scare against Ferencvaros to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
The Hungarian champions took a deserved lead when Myrto Uzuni got across his marker and poked home from nine yards.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 749th career goal as his left-foot drive from 20 yards found the bottom corner. Juventus dominated the second half, but were set to be frustrated before Morata headed through Dénes Dibusz’s legs.
Andrea Pirlo’s side sit second in Group C, and remain three points behind Barcelona after Ronald Koeman’s side won 4-0 against Dynamo Kiev.
Barcelona confirmed their qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League as they thrashed Dynamo Kyiv in Group G.
Despite resting Lionel Messi, it proved a comfortable evening for Ronald Koeman’s side who have won all four of their group games.
Sergino Dest’s driven effort provided the opener while Martin Braithwaite scored twice. French striker Antoine Griezmann rounded off the scoring late on.
Chelsea sealed their progress to the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare as Olivier Giroud’s late header secured victory at Rennes.
The French striker has played just 127 minutes for the Blues so far this season, but made the most of his time on the pitch here with an injury-time finish after Timo Werner’s effort had been blocked.
Just six minutes earlier, Rennes looked to have denied Chelsea when Serhou Guirassy headed home from a corner to cancel out Callum Hudson-Odoi’s opener.
Frank Lampard’s side dominated the first half and could easily have led by more than just Hudson-Odoi’s calm finish after he had been sent clear by a pinpoint pass from Mason Mount.
They invited the home side on in the second half and had to rely on a defence that included the returning Thiago Silva and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who made a couple of good saves against his former club.
A late winner for Sevilla means both they and the Blues have 10 points in Group E, nine more than both Rennes and Krasnodar.
Neymar’s first-half penalty helped ease the pressure on boss Thomas Tuchel as Paris-St Germain leapfrogged RB Leipzig in Group H of the Champions League.
The Brazilian scored his first goal in six matches in the competition after Angel di Maria had been fouled.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side rallied but some wasteful finishing prevented them from equalising. Leipzig drop to third in the group and are three points behind leaders Manchester United with two games left.
Erling Braut Haaland scored twice, and became the fastest player to net 15 Champions League goals, as Borussia Dortmund brushed aside Club Bruges.
Haaland latched on to a Jadon Sancho pass to slot home, reaching the landmark in his 12th game – seven fewer than the previous record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado.
England winger Sancho made it 2-0 with a curling, 20-yard free-kick. Haaland, 20, swept home his second after the ball broke lose in the area.
Dortmund now need a point from their final two group games to advance to the last-16, while a win against Lazio in their penultimate match next Wednesday would see them claim top spot in Group F. (BBC Sport)