Manchester United secured its first win in this season’s Champions League, 2-0 at Otelul Galati, while Real Madrid continued its perfect start with a 4-0 victory against Lyon.
Four-time champion Bayern Munich and Villarreal won their playoffs to reach the Champions League group stage, while Dinamo Zagreb held off Malmo to return after an 11-year absence.
Manchester rivals United and City exited soccer’s Champions League as Basel and Napoli qualified for the round of 16 at the expense of the English teams.
Arsenal defeated Fenerbahce 2-0 to reach the group stage of soccer’s Champions League for the 16th consecutive season.
Bayern Munich and Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League round of 16, while Benfica secured its spot with a 2-2 draw at Manchester United that left the English club’s further participation in doubt.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Lionel Messi set a Champions League record by scoring five goals to lead Barcelona into the quarterfinals, as APOEL Nicosia became the first team from Cyprus to reach the final eight.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter renewed his call for tougher sanctions on soccer teams whose fans racially abuse players, including points penalties and banning them from competitions.
Celtic defeated Helsingborgs 2-0 to reach the Champions League group stage, where it joins 11 other former winners of European soccer’s elite club competition.