Matchday five of the Champions League has been completed and it proved to be a positive one for the Premier League trio of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, who are all safely into the knockout stages.

The Citizens came from behind to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and secure top spot in Group A with a game to spare, while Les Parisiens are also assured of second place despite the defeat.

Pep Guardiola’s men, who are 3/1 to win the tournament for the first time, have been joined in the last 16 by Chelsea, who thrashed Juventus 4-0 to move top of Group H with just one match to go.

The Blues (13/2 – Champions League Outright) are level on points with second-placed Juventus, who are also guaranteed a spot in the next stage, and Thomas Tuchel’s side will be hoping to make sure of top spot in their final group game against Zenit on December 8.

Elsewhere, Manchester United’s first game since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended in a 2-0 victory against Villarreal, a result that secured top spot in Group F and their place in the last 16.

Michael Carrick was in interim charge for the clash and that victory will do his chances of being handed the role until the end of the season no harm, although former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is said to be the leading candidate for this position.

Although Villarreal can move level on points with United (16/1 – Champions League Outright) in the final group fixtures, the Premier League giants have the better head-to-head record and therefore can’t be overhauled by the Yellow Submarine.

Liverpool, who had already secured top spot in Group B and their place in the next round, made it five wins from five as they defeated Porto 2-0 and the Reds can be backed at 11/2 to win the tournament.

Second place is still up for grabs in the group with Porto currently occupying that position on five points, while AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are in third and fourth respectively, both on four points.

In Group C, Ajax also made it a perfect five wins from five, while Sporting got the better of Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to move the Portuguese outfit through to the last-16 stage at the expense of their Bundesliga opponents.

Real Madrid and Inter Milan have both qualified from Group D, with Los Blancos two points ahead of the Italian side, while Sheriff Tiraspol are guaranteed to finish third and drop into the Europa League.

Bayern Munich have top spot in Group E secured but the battle for second goes on between Benfica and Barcelona. The Catalans are two points clear in second but they take on the Bavarians in their final group game and defeat in that clash, coupled with a win for Benfica against Dynamo Kiev, would see the Portuguese side advance into the last 16.

Group G will also go down to the wire with leaders Lille, who will at least drop into the Europa League, and fourth-place Wolfsburg separated by just three points.

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