Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ended his side’s goal drought as the Red Devils sealed a vital 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal’s side had drawn their previous three matches 0-0, and hadn’t scored for 404 minutes when the England skipper found the net with 11 minutes to play.
The hosts dominated the majority of the game but after missing a handful of chances to get their noses in front, the Russians almost inflicted a damaging defeat when Seydou Doumbia was expertly denied by a combination of David De Gea and Chris Smalling.
Just a minute later, Rooney headed home Jesse Lingard’s brilliant first time cross to put United top of Group B with two matches left to play.
Rooney’s seventh of the season in all competitions took him level with Denis Law as the club’s second highest ever goalscorer with 237 goals.
In the other match in the group, PSV Eindhoven kept up their 100% home record with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.
Jurgen Locadia and Luuk de Jong got the goals which take the Dutch side into second, level on points with the Germans in third, and two points above CSKA.
It was a good night for the other half of Manchester too, as City booked their place in the last-16 with an impressive 3-1 win away to Sevilla.
Two goals in the opening 11 minutes by Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side the perfect start, before Benoit Tremoulinas pulled one back on 25 minutes.
But nine minutes before half-time, the Premier League leaders restored their two-goal cushion when Wilfried Bony converted Jesus Navas’ low cross.
The other match in Group D saw 10-man Juventus held 1-1 by Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany.
Fabian Johnson gave the hosts the lead, but Stephan Lichtsteiner’s superb volley levelled matters just before the break.
Hernanes was shown a straight red card for the Italians, who sit a point below City in second. Mönchengladbach became the first side to be eliminated, and they remain bottom, one point behind third-placed Sevilla.
In the big game of the night, 10-time winners Real Madrid advanced to the knockout stage after defeating PSG 1-0 at the Bernabéu.
Defender Nacho scored the only goal of the game, just two minutes after coming off the bench to replace the injured Marcelo.
Despite defeat in the Spanish capital, Laurent Blanc’s side stay second, three points behind Real and four ahead of third-placed Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Ukrainians moved into the Europa League spot by defeating Malmo 4-0. Oleksandr Gladkiy, Darijo Srna, Eduardo and Alex Teixeira scored the hosts’ first goals in this season’s competition, a fortnight after they were beaten 1-0 in the corresponding fixture.
In Group C, Astana secured a credible 0-0 draw against 2014 finalists Atletico Madrid.
Dropped points for Diego Simeone’s side saw them drop to second, after Benfica defeated Galatasaray 2-1 in Portugal.
The visitors’ Lukas Podolski cancelled out Jonas’ opener, but Luisao converted the winner with 23 minutes remaining.
Rui Vitória’s side are now two points clear at the top, while Galatasaray are three points behind Atletico Madrid and two ahead of bottom side Astana.
Player of the Night: Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Team of the Night: Manchester City
Goal of the Night: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus)