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UEFA Champions League 2013: Madrid down Juve; Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain win big

We've reached the halfway point of this season's group stages in the Champions League. Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich are looking good for the next round while other teams still face a battle.

Michael Regan

What a day in the Champions League! Three massive routs, a four-goal performance by one player, a questionable red card and

Real Madrid defeated Juventus behind a Cristiano Ronaldo brace, Giorgio Chiellini was shown a red card for putting his arm in Ronaldo's face (it wasn't a great call) and Arturo Vidal tackled himself and calling for a penalty. Seriously.

Germans sides Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen both got 4-0 results in their respective matches while over in Belgium, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals by himself...because he's just that awesome.

Here's a recap of all the action on Wednesday across Europe.

Group A

Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Stefan Kießling scored, then Simon Rolfes scored, then Sidney Sam (not the Austrlian Yosemite Sam if you were wondering) scored. Not to be out done, Kießling scored again. In the end, Leverkusen won.

Manchester United 1-0 Real Sociedad

For La Real, losing at Old Trafford against Manchester United isn't the worst result. However, when you consider the fact that United's only goal came in the 2nd minute when Iñigo Martínez accidentally directed the ball into the net after Wayne Rooney hit the post, the result becomes disappointing. Consider as well that La Real hit the woodwork as well and played well overall, it's a bummer for the Spanish side.

Full match report here

Group B

Galatasaray 3-1 FC Copenhagen

Goals from Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba powered Gala past Copenhagen and right into second place in the group.

Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus

Ronaldo scored twice, Giorgio Chiellini was red carded, Arturo Vidal tackled himself and asked for a penalty. It wasn't a good day for The Old Lady.

Full match report here

Group C

Anderlecht 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain


Benfica 1-1 Olympiakos

Olympiakos went into Lisbon and nearly snatched three points against Benfica on an absurdly rain soaked pitch. Alejandro Dominguez's 29th minute strike looked like it might just be enough for the Greeks but Benfica were saved with eight minute to play by Óscar Cardozo.

Group D

CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester City

Zoran Tosic scored in the 32nd minute but City responded well as Sergio Agüero scored twice over the next ten minutes to secure an important three points for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Full match report here

Bayern Munich 5-0 Vikotria Plzen

Franck Ribéry scored twice and David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze got in on the fun as well for Bayern as the defending champions routed Plzen in Munich.

Full match report here

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