Champions League Review: Rooney Treble Puts Man United Through, Astana Make Kazakh History

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney ended his 10-game goal drought as he netted a hat-trick in the Red Devils’ 4-0 thumping of Club Brugge that confirmed their status in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Rooney ended his drought after 878 minutes, slotting home a pass from Memphis Depay midway into the opening half. He tucked home two more after the interval before Ander Herrera netted the fourth, giving the Old Trafford side a 4-0 win on the night and 7-1 on aggregate.

Kazakhstan side Astana will also be in the Thursday draw after holding Cypriot outfit APOEL Nicosia 1-1 to progress having won the first leg 1-0. Semir Stilic put APOEL ahead at the hour mark to level the tie but Nemanja Maksimovic ensured a slice of history for Astana, scoring the equalizer with six minutes to the final whistle and saving the match from going to extra time.

German side Bayer Leverkusen overturned a 1-0 loss to Lazio in the first leg with a 3-0 win at home to progress. Hakan Calhanoglu and Admir Mehmedi put the Bundesliga side in front in the 40th and 48th minutes before the visitors were reduced to 10-men after a Mauricio second yellow card.

Karim Bellarabi made it 3-0 late on to secure a 3-1 aggregate success for Leverkusen.

Two goals from Ivory Coast forward Seydou Doumbia helped CSKA Moscow topple a first leg 2-1 defeat away to Sporting Lisbon in a 3-1, advancing 4-3 on aggregate.

CSKA looked destined for exit after falling further behind when Teofilo Gutierrez struck for the visitors nine minutes to half-time. However, Doumbia leveled 5 minutes into the restart before putting his team ahead in the 72nd minute after being put through by Ahmed Musa. The Nigerian international confirmed progress for the Russian side with a third in the 85th minute.

Belarusian side BATE Borisov advanced on away goals despite losing the second leg 2-1 at Partizan Belgrade.

With a 1-0 lead from the first leg, Igor Stasevich put BATE in control of the tie, although Maksim Zhavnerchik’s own goal and Ivan Saponjic’s strike for Partizan ensured a nervous finale for BATE in Belgrade before they progressed on away goals.


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