Ronaldo on the double as Real through

REAL MADRID joined Barcelona in guaranteeing their qualification for the Champions League knockout stages as two Cristiano Ronaldo goals gave Jose Mourinho’s men a 2-0 victory at Lyon last night.

Ronaldo scored in each half to secure a win which, coupled with Group F rivals Ajax’s 4-0 hammering of Dinamo Zagreb, maintains their five-point lead in the group and ensures their progression.

Ajax still have work to do to join them but they did their hopes no harm with their crushing victory over the Croatians, with goals from Gregory van der Wiel, Miralem Sulejmani, Siem de Jong and Nicolas Lodeiro.

Mario Gomez fired a first-half hat-trick as Bayern Munich strengthened their grip on Group A, but only after withstanding a brave late fightback by Napoli in a match which finished 10-a-side. Gomez built on the brace he scored in the Bundesliga demolition of Nurnberg on Saturday with strikes in the 17th, 23rd and 42nd minutes to put the group leaders well in command in Germany.

But Federico Fernandez pulled one back before the break and, after Napoli’s Camilo Zuniga and Bayern’s Holger Badstuber were both harshly sent off for two bookable offences, Fernandez hit his second to make the final score 3-2.

Inter Milan made light of their continued travails in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Lille which helped move Claudio Ranieri’s men five points clear of their nearest rivals in Group B.

Walter Samuel opened the scoring in the 18th minute and Diego Milito added a second in the 65th, before an 83rd-minute strike from Tulio de Melo gave Lille a glimmer of hope. The night got better for Inter as Trabzonspor and CSKA Moscow were forced to settle for a goalless draw in Turkey.

In Group C, Manchester United’s group, Benfica were held to a 1-1 draw by Basle in Portugal. The Portuguese side started the night two points clear of United and knowing a win would almost certainly be enough. But despite Rodrigo’s fourth-minute opener, Basle grabbed a point when Benjamin Huggel equalised on 64.

- In the Championship Leeds crashed to a 5-0 home defeat to Blackpool. Jonjo Shelvey notched a hat-trick and Lomana Lua Lua bagged a brace as the Seasiders ran riot. Elsewhere goals from Filip Kiss, Peter Whittingham and a Kevin Kilbane og saw Cardiff secure their second away win, beating Derby 3-0 at Pride Park.

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