Result: Manchester United through to Champions League last 16

Manchester United hammer Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in Germany to progress to the Champions League last 16 from Group A.

Manchester United have secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena in Group A.

The Red Devils were comfortable right from the start as Nani had the first shot in the 16th minute from outside the box but it curled off target.

Five minutes later Stefan Kiessling found himself with the ball in a good position for Bayer, but Jonny Evans made the block at the right time.

Just moments later United surged ahead. Shinji Kagawa picked up the ball from deep and passed it to Ryan Giggs, who then released Wayne Rooney on the left for the striker to send in a cross for Antonio Valencia to slot in from close range.

Man United's Antonio Valencia is congratulated by teammates Wayne Rooney after scoring the opening goal against Bayern Leverkusen during their Champions League group match on November 27, 2013© AFP

United doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark when Emir Spahic inadvertently turned Rooney's free kick inside his own net.

Bayer stepped up their game after the interval as Stefan Reinartz headed against the visitors' post in the 60th minute.

However, David Moyes's side virtually wrapped up the points and with it qualification to the last 16 of the competition five minutes later when Evans poked the ball into the home team's goal from just two yards out after Bernd Leno had kept out Rooney's initial effort on goal.

Chris Smalling made it 4-0 13 minutes from time with an easy finish after latching on to Rooney's pass and Nani completed the rout in the 88th minute with a clipped effort over Leno from a tight angle.

Manchester United's midfielder Ryan Giggs controls the ball during a friendly football match between AIK and Manchester United on August 6, 2013
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