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Champions League: Man City and Man Utd in Action

Round four of the 2013 Champions League season promised a lot for the English clubs. Manchester United had the chance to get to the magic 10 point mark that Sir Alex Ferguson always prescribed as the minimum for qualification. Their cross-city rivals, Manchester City, had two wins from three in group C, but could step closer to the last 16 with a win over CSKA Moscow who are their only credible rival for the group’s runner’s up spot.

After a round of nil-nil matches in Group A, Manchester United are one point closer to the ten point mark, but their goalless draw with Real Sociedad was pretty uninspiring. Both sides were timid and weak in the first half and neither looked likely to score. A sitter went begging for Hernandez, Ashley Young won a penalty but Robin Van Persie was unable to convert it and then Fellaini was sent off for persistent fouling.

Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo took a hat trick at the Etihad stadium which would have been enough to push his side into the Champions League group stage for the first time even without the two goals scored by Sergio Aguero. The Argentine winger’s two goals and one assist in the first half hour sealed the win for Manuel Pellegrini's side. With Viktoria Plzen losing one – nil to Bayern Munich, City only had to win in Moscow to progress.

Elsewhere Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by Juventus and FC Copenhagen secured a win over Galatasaray which puts them into the runner’s up spot for now. Although Juventus took a point, they remain at the bottom of their group. PSG and Anderlecht played out a draw in their Group C clash, and Olympiacos took 3 points against Benfica to move into second spot in the group.

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