International Soccer
 
                   === Ronaldo fires Real into next round ===
 
 Lyon,  France  (Sports Network) - Real  Madrid clinched a spot in the knockout
 round  of the Champions  League on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at Lyon in Group D
 play.
 
 Cristiano Ronaldo provided both goals for the Spanish side as he scored from a
 free kick midway through the first half and doubled his tally from the penalty
 spot  20  minutes from  time, giving Real  four wins from  four games in group
 play.
 
 The  opening  goal arrived  in the  24th minute when  Real's Karim Benzema was
 fouled  near the  edge of the penalty area by Yoann Gourcuff, allowing Ronaldo
 to fire a low shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
 
 Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas saw his share of action prior to halftime, but
 he  kept out any  chances the home side threw his way, and Ronaldo secured the
 win from the penalty spot after the break.
 
 Mouhamadou Dabo fouled the Portugal international inside the area, and Ronaldo
 picked himself up and fired home his second goal of the game.
 
 
 Ajax 4, Dinamo Zagreb 0
 
 Amsterdam,  Netherlands  - Ajax took  over sole  possession of second place in
 Group D by thrashing Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday.
 
 Goals  from Gregory  Van Der Wiel and  Miralem Sulejmani put the Dutch side in
 front  2-0  at the break, while  Siem De Jong scored  a third goal in the 65th
 minute and Nicolas Lodeiro capped the scoring in stoppage time.
 
 Ajax  moves three points  clear of Lyon with the win while Zagreb has lost its
 first four games in group play by a combined score of 9-0.
 
 
 Bayern Munich 3, Napoli 2
 
 Munich,  Germany - Bayern Munich moved another step closer to securing a place
 in  the knockout round on Wednesday as a first-half hat trick from Mario Gomez
 gave the German side a 3-2 win over Napoli.
 
 Gomez  scored in the 16th, 22nd and 42nd minutes to give his side a commanding
 3-0 lead.
 
 Federico  Fernaindez  pulled a goal back  for Napoli just before halftime, and
 after  each team  had a player sent  off in the second half, Fernaindez scored
 again 12 minutes from time, but Bayern held on for all three points.
 
 The  German side  sits atop Group A  with 10 points while Napoli is third, two
 points adrift of second-place Manchester City.
 
 
 Manchester City 3, Villarreal 0
 
 Villarreal, Spain - A goal in each half from Yaya Toure helped Manchester City
 secure a 3-0 win at Villarreal on Wednesday, moving the club into second place
 in Group A.
 
 Toure  struck after  29 minutes for the Citizens while Mario Balotelli doubled
 the advantage from the penalty spot just before the break.
 
 The third goal came with 20 minutes to play as Toure found the back of the net
 once  more, allowing  City to  remain within  three points  of leaders  Bayern
 Munich.
 
 
 Trabzonspor 0, CSKA Moscow 0
 
 Trabzon,  Turkey -  Trabzonspor and  CSKA Moscow  remain deadlocked  in second
 place in Group B after the two sides played to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.
 
 Moscow's  Seydou Doumbia was  sent off in the 72nd minute and the Turkish side
 came  within inches  of  winning  the game  in  stoppage  time when  Arkadiusz
 Glowacki's effort came back off the post.
 
 Inter  holds  a four-point lead over  both teams while Lille sits three points
 back.
 
 
 Inter Milan 2, Lille 1
 
 Milan, Italy - Inter Milan moved four points clear at the top of Group B after
 claiming a 2-1 victory at home against Lille on Wednesday.
 
 The  Nerazzurri took  the lead through Walter Samuel in the 17th minute, while
 Diego Milito doubled the advantage midway through the second half.
 
 Lille pulled a goal back when Tulio De Melo found the net for the French side,
 but  they  were unable to muster  up a second  goal and find themselves on the
 bottom of the group.
 
 
 Manchester United 2, Otelul 0
 
 Manchester, England - Manchester United moved level with Benfica at the top of
 Group C on Wednesday after a 2-0 home triumph over Otelul.
 
 Antonio  Valencia  scored the opening goal  after eight minutes, but it wasn't
 until  a  deflected effort from  Wayne Rooney found  the net four minutes from
 time that United was able to wrap up all three points.
 
 Otelul  has now  lost its first four  games in group play, with United joining
 Benfica on eight points at the summit.
 
 
 Benfica 1, Basel 1
 
 Lisbon,  Portugal  - A second-half goal  from Benjamin Huggel allowed Basel to
 snatch a 1-1 draw at Benfica on Wednesday and keep the Swiss side within three
 points of the top spot in Group C.
 
 Rodrigo  put  Benfica in front after  just four minutes as the Portuguese side
 controlled much of the play.
 
 However,  Huggel hit back against the run of play for Basel by finishing off a
 cross  from Scott Chipperfield  to keep his team in the mix for a place in the
 next round.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/02 18:25:13 ET

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