Atletico and Bayern advances into Champions League Last 16

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich were the first clubs to secure a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League despite producing sub-par performances.

Robert Lewandowski’s brace ensured Bayern Munich progressed to the knockout phase of the Champions League as they came from a goal down to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in their Group D match at the Philips Stadium.

Lewandowski twice struck the woodwork before equalising from the penalty spot following a handball by Andres Guardado. PSV’s Santiago Arias had earlier reacted quickest to Manuel Neuer’s parry from a Davy Propper header to give PSV an early lead.

The Polish international turned home a square ball from David Alaba to win the match, showing a deft touch and superb skill to steer the ball into the net. Alaba had made a defence-splitting run to set up the chance.

The victory meant that Bayern would collect nine points and stay second in the group standings with two rounds left to play.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid remains top of Group D after Antoine Griezmann’s two goals. His second strike, which arrived in the 93rd minute, gave the Spanish side a 2-1 win against Rostov that preserved their 100% campaign record.

Griezmann joined Atletico’s top 10 scorers in European competition by putting the home side ahead in the 28th minute with an improvised volley. Sardar Azmoun levelled barely two minutes later, becoming the first player to score against Diego Simeone’s side in the Champions League this season.

Nonetheless, Atletico’s passage to the last 16 was guaranteed by Bayern Munich’s win at PSV, but Griezmann beat an offside trap in the dying seconds to ensure the last season runners-up maintained their perfect record.

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