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Group A: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo FF

Group B: PSV Eindhoven 2-1 CSKA Moscow, VFL Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United

Group C: Benfica 1-2 Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray 1-1 FC Astana

Group D: Manchester City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach, Sevilla 1-0 Juventus

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Manchester United crash out of the Champions League before the first knockout phase AFP

That is all from us on a truly dramatic night of vintage Champions League action. Stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the latest post-match reaction and fallout from Manchester United's disappointing exit.

We will be back tomorrow evening to bring you live coverage of the final round of group stage games as Arsenal and Chelsea look to secure their passage through to the last 16 with victories against Olympiacos and Porto respectively. Until then, goodnight.

An overwhelming victory for Real Madrid over Malmo, but it changes nothing at the top of Group A as they go through along with PSG. Shakhtar come in third as a result of their superior goal difference.

In Group C, Atletico finish first due to their narrow win against Benfica. Galatasaray will enter the Europa League after avoiding defeat to FC Astana.

No shortage of entertainment at the Etihad either, although admittedly the stakes were somewhat lower given that City had already booked their place in the first knockout round.

Pellegrini's side have topped Group D as a result of their rousing comeback against Monchengladbach and Juventus' narrow defeat to Sevilla. The Spaniards finish third and will have a chance to compete for their third Europa League crown in succession.

A thrilling evening at Volkswagen Arena and a breathless second half during which the momentum shifted on several occasions. Unfortunately for Van Gaal, however, tonight's effort proved in vain and they have been made to pay the price for an underwhelming campaign.

Wolfsburg progress to the last 16 as Group B winners, with PSV also through. United finish third and will head into the Europa League.

Manchester United are out of the Champions League


Group A: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo FF

Group B: PSV Eindhoven 2-1 CSKA Moscow, VFL Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United

Group C: Benfica 1-2 Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray 1-1 FC Astana

Group D: Manchester City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach, Sevilla 1-0 Juventus

Goal: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Zlatan Ibrahimovic)

Goal: Manchester City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Wilfried Bony)

To twist the knife further still, PSV now lead against CSKA courtesy of Dutch midfielder Propper. United need to score twice in three minutes of second-half stoppage time.

Goal: PSV Eindhoven 2-1 CSKA Moscow (Davy Propper)

Astonishing drama involving United's Champions League fate. They looked to be heading through as a result of Ignashevich's penalty in Eindhoven, but PSV swiftly equalise through De Jong.

United then help themselves by grabbing an equaliser as a Fellaini header is flicked inexplicably into his own net by Guilavogui, but Wolfsburg re-take the lead just moments later as Naldo heads home his second of the night despite Blind's efforts on the line. Crazy.

Goal: Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United (Naldo)

Goal: Wolfsburg 2-2 Manchester United (Josuha Guilavogui OG)

We have not had time to draw breath here at IBT Towers as the goals fly in thick and fast across the continent. We'll update you on everything in just a moment, but there have been two more pivotal goals in Wolfsburg...

Goal: Manchester City 3-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Raheem Sterling)

Goal: Benfica 1-2 Atletico Madrid (Kostas Mitroglou)

Goal: Sevilla 1-0 Juventus (Fernando Llorente)

Goal: PSV Eindhoven 1-1 CSKA Moscow (Luuk de Jong)

Goal: Manchester City 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Raheem Sterling)

Goal: PSV Eindhoven 0-1 CSKA Moscow (Sergei Ignashevich)

Goal: Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo (Karim Benzema)

Goal: Real Madrid 7-0 Malmo (Mateo Kovacic)

Martial has given the Wolfsburg defence a real headache with his trickery and searing pace, and he wins a free-kick on the edge of the box as he is hauled down by Naldo.

Memphis steps up to take and dispatches a curled effort inches wide of the goal. So close.

Two changes from Van Gaal as Carrick and Powell are sent on in place of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mata.

Wolfsburg are trying desperately to kill off United here. Doing his best Manuel Neuer impression, De Gea sprints outside of his area to try and meet a long ball but Schurrle gets there first and the Spaniard has to use his impressive reflexes to make a strong one-handed save on his race back to goal.

De Gea then deflects a wicked drive from Maximilian Arnold wide and Kruse strikes agonisingly wide of the left-hand post following a corner. United are living very dangerously indeed in their pursuit of an equaliser.

Many of tonight's goals have come in quick succession, and that is no different in Istanbul where FC Astana became the first Kazakh team to net an away goal in the Champions League before being immediately pegged back by midfielder Inan.

Goal: Galatasaray 1-1 FC Astana (Selçuk İnan)

Goal: Galatasaray 0-1 FC Astana (Patrick Twumasi)

Ronaldo becomes the first Real Madrid player to net four goals in a single Champions League fixture with yet another effort against hapless Malmo in the Spanish capital.

In Wolfsburg, Fellaini wins a vital header from Martial's cross but Mata is denied and Memphis produces an acrobatic strike that is met with a strong save from Benaglio. No way through at the moment.

Goal: Real Madrid 6-0 Malmo (Cristiano Ronaldo)

Atletico look to have first place in Group C sewn up as Argentine striker Vietto finishes at the near post.

In Paris, Shakhtar's admirable resistance is finally broken after Lucas successfully completes a good passing move.

Goal: Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Lucas Moura)

Goal: Benfica 0-2 Atletico Madrid (Luciano Vietto)

With tonight's hat-trick, Ronaldo now trails great rival Lionel Messi by one in terms of Champions League trebles. He now has 10 goals to his name in this season's competition, five each against Malmo and Shakhtar.

Memphis creates danger with a wonderful left-footed cross towards Fellaini, but the towering Belgian is penalised for a push on Dante.

Malmo's evening at the Santiago Bernabeu goes from bad to worse as Ronaldo fires home two more goals in three second-half minutes to complete his fourth Champions League hat-trick and enter into double figures for the season. Unstoppable.

Goal: Real Madrid 5-0 Malmo (Cristiano Ronaldo)

Goal: Real Madrid 4-0 Malmo (Cristiano Ronaldo)

Another late call from the officials as Memphis picks Naldo's pocket inside the penalty area and looks to square for Martial. Dante clears before play is brought back for a free-kick.

Referee Milorad Mazic blows his whistle and the second half between Wolfsburg and Manchester United is now underway. The hosts were allowed to force the tempo through Draxler for much of the opening 45 after giving away an early goal, but that cannot continue if Van Gaal's side are to avoid a rare group stage exit.

Ronaldo has been criticised for his lack of goals from free-kicks in recent years, but Real's third goal of the night against Malmo came from such a set-piece as a right-footed attempt from the left-hand side of the pitch bounced in the six-yard box and over experienced goalkeeper Johan Wiland.

A reminder that it is goalless in the match between PSV and CSKA Moscow at the break. If that were to remain the case, then United would need to claim a point in Germany to progress through to the last 16. As it stands, they are heading out of the Champions League.

City, meanwhile, remain second behind Juventus in Group D as they also trail at half-time despite an early effort from Silva.

United's players and bench were evidently very riled by the lateness of that flag, but on reflection it seems the correct decision.

The referee and his assistant appeared to briefly discuss Mata's involvement in the play and his close proximity to that cross renders him offside under this season's updated regulations.


Group A: Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid 3-0 Malmo FF

Group B: PSV Eindhoven 0-0 CSKA Moscow, VFL Wolfsburg 2-1 Manchester United

Group C: Benfica 0-1 Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray 0-0 FC Astana

Group D: Manchester City 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach, Sevilla 0-0 Juventus

Real controversy before half-time at Volkswagen Arena as United are denied an equaliser after Jesse Lingard wins possession in a dangerous area and sends in a curved cross towards Mata that ends up in the back of the net.

The Spaniard looks to be claiming the goal, but he was clearly in an offside position and, very belatedly, the flag is raised. Ryan Giggs appears incensed on the touchline.

Yet more injury strife for Van Gaal as Darmian is forced off and 18-year-old Borthwick-Jackson, not Ashley Young, is introduced in his place for only a second senior appearance.

Just like their Bundesliga rivals, Monchengladbach have rallied back from an early deficit and now lead courtesy of Brazilian Raffael.

Goal: Manchester City 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (Raffael)

Another glorious opportunity for Wolfsburg as Memphis slips and hands possession to Schurrle. The German sprints forward on the break before feeding compatriot Draxler, who cuts inside Darmian and hits a powerful low shot that is parried by De Gea.

Goal: Real Madrid 3-0 Malmo (Cristiano Ronaldo)

Wolfsburg are monopolising possession now and look very capable of creating further goalscoring chances. United will have to rely on their counter-attacking prowess as supporters already cast a nervous glance at the latest scoreline from Eindhoven.

Atletico Madrid's chances of finishing atop of Group C are given a timely boost in Lisbon as talented young midfielder Saul gives them a first-half lead.

Goal: Benfica 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Saul Niguez)

United have shown signs of impressive attacking movement so far tonight, but Wolfsburg take the lead for the first time with a quite wonderful team goal. The ball is switched from right to left and back again before Julian Draxler exchanges a slick one-two with Kruse on the edge of the area.

Unselfishly, the former Schalke playmaker and Kevin de Bruyne replacement then squares for Vieirinha to tap into an empty net.

Goal: Wolfsburg 2-1 Manchester United (Vieirinha)

Benaglio to the rescue for Wolfsburg as the Swiss international provides a strong save to deny Fellaini's header following a dangerous corner from Blind.

Benzema has courted plenty of negative press of late, but he looks to be fully focused tonight as his early brace against Malmo has seriously damaged the Swedish club's chances of qualifying for the Europa League.

Goal: Real Madrid 2-0 Malmo (Karim Benzema)

An eerily similar start to the game at the Etihad Stadium, where City took an early lead after Silva capitalised on a flick from lone forward Raheem Sterling before being pegged back just minutes later as Korb rifled home a low shot from the back of the penalty area after an impressive, lung-busting run from Fabian Johnson.

Goal: Manchester City 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach (Julian Korb)

Goal: Manchester City 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (David Silva)

That assists proves to be Rodriguez's last contribution of the night as he limps off to be replaced by Marcel Schafer. Before his substitution, United almost hit back immediately as the tricky Martial looked to tee up Mata with a low cross that was cleared.

Matteo Darmian has also entered the book for a clumsy foul on Vieirinha.

United's lead is erased after just three minutes as Blind is rightfully penalised for a late foul. From the resulting free-kick, Ricardo Rodriguez floats a delivery in towards the near post and centre-back Naldo sweeps home on the volley. An impressive finish from the Brazilian.

Goal: Wolfsburg 1-1 Manchester United (Naldo)

Goal: Real Madrid 1-0 Malmo (Karim Benzema)

A perfect start for United as they take the lead in the 10th minute with a swift attacking move. Daley Blind feeds Mata, who quickly takes possession on the half-turn and slips in an inviting low pass behind the Wolfsburg defence.

Martial uses his considerable pace to split the centre-backs and collects the ball before coolly finishing beyond Diego Benaglio.

Goal: Wolfsburg 0-1 Manchester United (Anthony Martial)

United work the ball around on the edge of the Wolfsburg penalty area for the first time through Anthony Martial, but Juan Mata's eventual shot is blocked by an offside Fellaini and the assistant referee's flag is raised.

It's been a relatively even start in terms of possession, with United demonstrating some useful pressing abilities. However, they are yet to launch a meaningful attack and can consider themselves fortunate not to have conceded an early goal thanks to Schurrle's lack of composure.

There is certainly a raucous atmosphere building inside Volkswagen Arena early on and United are almost punished inside three minutes as Max Kruse flicks the ball towards Andre Schurrle, but the former Chelsea forward fires well over with only David de Gea to beat. An early warning.

We are underway across the continent. A big night ahead for Van Gaal.

Another good omen for the visitors, perhaps?

One potential confidence boost for United tonight comes in the form of their first result against Wolfsburg in this year's Champions League, a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in September that saw a penalty from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling's second-half winner cancel out an early effort from Daniel Caligiuri.

As for City, their opening fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach featured a number of brilliant saves from Joe Hart. Lars Stindl finally broke through 10 minutes after the break, but Demichelis was on hand to equalise and Aguero netted a last-minute spotkick.

In Group C, Benfica will finish as group winners if they avoid defeat to Atletico Madrid tonight. Both teams have already sealed qualification for the next round. Minnows FC Astana, meanwhile, will need to spring a surprise in Istanbul if they are to make the Europa League at Galatasaray's expense.

Real Madrid cannot be overtaken by PSG at the summit of Group A, although Shakhtar and Malmo can both still finish third.

In terms of permutations for the two English clubs this evening, we reiterate that second-place Manchester United must beat Wolfsburg if PSV triumph over CSKA Moscow in Eindhoven. If the Dutch outfit can only claim one point, then a draw will be enough for Van Gaal and co to go through. If both lose, then United will progress as group runners-up. It is still possible for CSKA to claim a place in the Europa League.

As for City, they can no longer be caught by either tonight's opponents or Sevilla and are already guaranteed of a place in the first knockout phase. To head through as Group D winners, then they must beat Monchengladbach and hope that Juventus are defeated in Spain.

With approximately 25 minutes remaining until the action gets underway, here's a quick reminder of the eight ties taking place tonight:

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid v Malmo FF

Group B: PSV Eindhoven v CSKA Moscow, VFL Wolfsburg v Manchester United

Group C: Benfica v Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray v FC Astana

Group D: Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach, Sevilla v Juventus

Wolfsburg were unbeaten in 29 Bundesliga home matches before former United midfielder Shinji Kagawa netted a stoppage-time winner for Borussia Dortmund last weekend. Dieter Hecking's men are currently fifth in Germany with seven wins from their first 15 games and top Group B with nine points.

Monchengladbach, meanwhile, are currently third in their domestic league and inflicted a first defeat of the season - and a first before the annual winter break since 2012 - on reigning champions Bayern Munich with a deserved 3-1 win last time out. The previously rock bottom club made a truly dismal start to the 2015/16 campaign, but have gone from strength to strength since turning to Andre Schubert in September following the resignation of Lucien Favre.

Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer, Christensen, Nordtveit, Elvedi, Wendt, Stindl, Xhaka, Dahoud, Korb, Johnson, Raffael

Subs: Heimeroth, Brouwers, Drmic, Hazard, Schulz, Jantschke, Hrgota

Wolfsburg v Manchester United

Wolfsburg: Benaglio, Trasch, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez, Arnold, Guilavogui, Vieirinha, Kruse, Draxler, Schurrle

Subs: Casteels, Bendtner, Schafer, Klose, Caligiuri, Dost, Jung

As for City, Manuel Pellegrini will be demanding a far better performance than the insipid dross served up in a woeful 2-0 defeat to Stoke on Saturday. The former Premier League leaders were simply torn apart by the trio of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan and Marko Arnautovic at the Britannia Stadium, and the manager has reacted by making four changes tonight.

Gael Clichy replaces Bacary Sagna at right-back, while Eliaquim Mangala is called upon to deputise for the injured Martin Demichelis. Fabian Delph and Yaya Toure are also brought in, with Wilfried Bony dropping to the bench and Fernando missing out because of a hamstring injury. Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Vicent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta remain out.

Like their close rivals, City's bench also has a rather youthful feel. Defenders Tosin Adarabioyo and Pablo Maffeo feature, as does midfielder Bersant Celina.

As a result of those ongoing fitness concerns, Van Gaal's squad for such an important and potentially even defining game in his increasingly unpopular tenure looks rather threadbare.

22-year-old Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela, who replaced Paddy McNair at half-time against West Ham, makes his first start for the club tonight. Marouane Fellaini retains his place in the first XI ahead of Michael Carrick, while Memphis Depay replaces Schneiderlin.

McNair is fit enough for the bench, where he is joined by plenty of youth in the likes of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Andreas Pereira and Nick Powell.

Manchester United have no shortage of injury woes just at the moment, with captain Wayne Rooney still out with an ankle injury picked up against Leicester last week and Morgan Schneiderlin also not travelling to Germany as a result of a hip problem.

Long-term absentees Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia remain out, as do Ander Herrera and Phil Jones. Marcos Rojo is also facing several more weeks on the sidelines as a result of a dislocated shoulder.

Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach

Manchester City: Hart, Clichy, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Delph, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling

Subs: Caballero, Maffeo, Sagna, Adarabioyo, Celina, Navas, Bony

Wolfsburg v Manchester United

Manchester United: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Martial

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Carrick, Pereira, Young, Powell

Good evening and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of this penultimate evening of Champions League group stage football. There are eight matches taking place in total tonight from Groups A through to D, with both Manchester clubs included.

While City have already qualified for the last 16 and will merely be seeking to pip Juventus to first place in their group with a victory at home to in-form Borussia Monchengladbach, for United the stakes are far higher as they travel to face Wolfsburg.

To put it simply, if PSV Eindhoven beat fourth-place CSKA Moscow at Philips Stadion, then Louis van Gaal's side must also win in order to progress and avoid an early exit into the Europa League. Such a feat is certainly easier said than done when you consider their opponents' strong home record and the fact that the club's goalless draw against West Ham last weekend was their fifth stalemate in just nine games.

That all-important clash from Germany will be our main focus throughout tonight, but stay tuned as we also keep you abreast of all the action from across the continent. Breaking team news, confirmed line-ups and live updates to follow....