Basketball - Bayern stun Real as CSKA Moscow advance

Euroleague debutants Bayern Munich boosted their bid to reach the quarter-finals with a shock 85-83 win over eight-times champions Real Madrid while CSKA Moscow booked their ticket with an 84-52 mauling of Partizan Belgrade.

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Playmaker Juan Carlos Navarro celebrated a record 253rd Euroleague appearance as Barcelona stretched their Top-16 record to 10 victories in as many games with a 70-58 home triumph over holders Olympiakos Piraeus that left the Greek giants staring at elimination.

Bayern, who spent only three seasons in the German top flight between 1974 and 2011, enjoyed a memorable night in their jam-packed Audi Dome after Bosnia forward Nihad Djedovic sank a game-high 21 points and Malcolm Delaney added 20.

"You don't get to play against Real Madrid every day because they are the best team in Europe and their domination is similar to that of our football team," Bayern's delighted coach Svetislav Pesic told www.euroleague.net.

"We played with a good attitude and concentration but that is not enough against opposition of this stature and I must say we were really good today," said the 64-year-old Serb who guided the former Yugoslavia to the 2001 European championship and 2002 world title.

The result left Bayern fourth in their eight-team section with a 5-5 record, behind CSKA (9-1), Real (8-2) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (7-3).

The top four in each of the two groups qualify for the best-of-five quarter-final playoff series. The winners then advance to the May 16-18 Final Four in Milan.

RUTHLESS RUSSIANS

CSKA missed Serbia playmaker Milos Teodosic with a calf injury but made light work of their home game against Partizan, securing a playoff spot with four games to spare after all 12 players scored.

Centre Sasha Kaun and forward Vitaly Fridzon led the way with 13 points each as the six-times champions netted 11 of 20 three-point attempts and 19 of 31 from inside the arc.

"My players deserve congratulations because they played hard from start to finish and racked up 23 assists," said CSKA coach Ettore Messina.

"We know Partizan were hit hard by injuries to some key players but we had our share of problems. Hopefully, Teodosic will be able to recover soon and help us in the decisive stage of the season."

Having booked their quarter-final spot last week with five games to spare, Barcelona brushed aside Olympiakos to leave the champions with a mountain to climb in their remaining four games.

With Barca (10-0) through to the last eight, Emporio Armani Milan (7-3) look a good bet to join them after an 83-65 victory over Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Spain but the battle for the remaining two berths is set to go down to the wire.

Unicaja Malaga, Fenerbahce and Panathinaikos are deadlocked on five wins and five defeats, with Olympiakos (4-6) slipping to sixth place in the fiercely competitive group after a fourth successive reverse.

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