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Champions league: Bayern tops group after thrilling draw

Nail-biting finish: In a game of wildly swinging fortunes, Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, right, scores the sixth goal of the match.

Nail-biting finish: In a game of wildly swinging fortunes, Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, right, scores the sixth goal of the match.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Stunning loses for Real, United and Juventus

Nicolas Tagliafico scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Ajax salvaged a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich that saw the German side top Champions League Group E.

In a game that featured four goals after the 82nd minute, two red cards and two penalties, substitute Kingsley Coman looked to have grabbed a winner for Bayern in the 90th before defender Tagliafico tapped in the equaliser five minutes into stoppage time. Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern, including an equalizer for 2-2 in the 87th.

“It was a great match, I want to congratulate both teams for reaching the next round,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac said.

The two teams were already assured of progressing to the round of 16 before the match at Johan Cruyff Arena and Bayern needed only a draw to ensure top spot in the group, while Ajax needed to win. With group victory at stake, the two teams put on a memorable show.

Guillaume Hoarau scored in either half as Young Boys inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Juventus in their final group game on Wednesday in Switzerland, but the Italians still took top spot in Group H after Manchester United lost by the same scoreline to Valencia.

Already through to the last 16, Jose Mourinho made eight changes at the Mestalla, including a return for Paul Pogba, but United was largely outplayed by its Spanish opponent, which sits 15th in La Liga.

After the game, Mourinho seemed to aim a dig at those players to have come in. “Nothing surprised me at all,” he said.

CSKA Moscow handed Real Madrid its worst ever European home loss — and got nothing in reward.

CSKA beat Madrid 3-0 for its second straight win over the defending Champions League holder, but it still finished in last place in its group. The Russian team finished behind Viktoria Plzen, which defeated Roma 2-1.

Champions league: Bayern tops group after thrilling draw

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