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Ajax snuck above Bayern Munich at the top of Group E when they beat AEK Athens in a match marred by fan violence ahead of kick off.

An explosion rocked the Olympic stadium in Athens before kick off but the match itself would only spark into life in the second half.

When Marko Livaja receive a second yellow for handball receiving his marching orders and conceding a penalty Ajax took control of the match.

Dušan Tadić converted the spot kick and was on target four minutes later to double the advantage.

A late winner kept Viktoria Plzen‘s Europa League hopes alive while dumping hosts CSKA Moscowout of the Champions League and sending AS Roma and Real Madrid to the last sixteen.

CSKA had taken the lead through Nikola Vlasic who converted from the penalty spot after Milan Petrzela tripped Georgy Schennikov in the box inside the first ten minutes.

Roman Prochazka had a chance to level from the spot as well but was denied by Igor Akinfeev in the CSKA goal. The midfielder would find the back of the net with a headed equaliser in the 56th minute and Lukas Hejda would secure the first win of the campaign for the Czech outfit.

Bayern Munich took back their top spot with a trouncing of Benfica at the Allianz Arena.

The German giants led 3-0 at the break thanks to an Arjen Robben brace inside the first thirty minutes and the first of two Robert Lewandowski strikes.

Shortly after the break Benfica pulled one back through Gedson Fernandes but Lewandowski restored the four goal cushion soon after and Frank Ribery rubbed salt into their wounds with a well-worked goal in the 76th minute.

Hoffenheim fought back from two goals down to seemingly earn a point against the visiting Shaktar Donetsk only to see the Ukrainian side steal a late winner.

The German side conceded twice inside the first fifteen minutes with Ismaily and Taison on target for the visitors.

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