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Juve and Real through as Zenit crash out

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  • Raul Gonzalez scores the only goal as Real Madrid win 1-0 at BATE Borisov
  • The result sees the Spanish champions reach last 16 of Champions League
  • Juventus also through after 0-0 draw with Zenit, as the Russian side crash out
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(CNN) -- Raul Gonzalez scored an early goal to help Real Madrid beat BATE Borisov 1-0 in Group H to earn a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Real Madrid players celebrate scoring the only goal in their 1-0 victory at BATE Borisov.

The Spanish legend scored in the seventh minute by sending a shot over the goalkeeper and off the underside of the crossbar from 12 meters out after a cross from Dutch winger Royston Drenthe.

The win gives the Spanish champions nine points from five games and puts them through to the knockout stage along with Juventus, who lead the group with 11 points after a 0-0 draw against Zenit St. Petersburg -- a result that sees the Russian side crash out of the competition and into the UEFA Cup, which they won last season.

Madrid missed the chance to double their lead in the 17th minute when Argentina forward Javier Saviola sent a shot straight at goalkeeper Sergei Vermenko from the edge of the penalty area.

Drenthe threatened again 10 minutes before half-time, but was denied by a last-ditch sliding tackle from Vitali Kazatsev.

Despite the cold weather, Madrid looked solid and the hosts rarely threatened in the first half, with most of their build-up play intercepted by before they reached their opponents' penalty box.

After 15 minutes of the second half, BATE had the chance to equalize after a slip by Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze allowed striker Gennady Bliznyuk time on the edge of the penalty area, but his powerful shot veered wide of the left post.

BATE had their best chance a few minutes later, when Mikhail Sivakov sent a backheel to Bliznyuk, whose shot went wide of Iker Casillas' left post.

Meanwhile, Zenit St Petersburg will have to concentrate on defending their UEFA Cup title after being held by Juventus.

The home side needed to beat their Serie A opponents to give themselves a chance to progress to the last 16 when they travel to Real Madrid in their final match in two weeks.

The Russians dominated possession in the first half but it was the Italians who came closest to scoring, hitting the woodwork twice.

Sweden defender Olof Mellberg was first to clip the outside of the post as he rose highest on the edge of the six-yard box to meet a free-kick from Mauro Camoranesi on 10 minutes.

By then Vincenzo Iaquinta had missed a great chance, heading over a Camoranesi cross when unmarked.

And it was the Italian who was next to rattle the frame of the goal on 22 minutes as he met a cross from full-back Christian Molinaro 12 yards out after good play between Cristian Molinaro and Pavel Nedved.

For all Zenit's neat approach play, Juve were solid at the back and the Russians rarely opened them up. Anatoliy Tymoschuk finally forced goalkeeper Alex Manninger into a sprawling save from a free-kick on 39 minutes and from the resulting corner Zenit had the ball in the net, only for it to be disallowed for offside.

The corner was semi-cleared but the ball fell to Tymoschuk who fired it back into a crowded penalty area. The ball ricocheted off a defender to Igor Denisov who slotted home, only to see the linesman raise his flag.

Juve continued to enjoy the better chances at the start of the second half and Alessandro Del Piero should have scored from six yards out but put Iaquinta's cross wide.

Midway through the half, though, Zenit had a great opportunity of their own on the counter-attack but Portuguese midfielder Danny delayed his shot and allowed Claudio Marchisio to block.

Moments later, Pavel Pogrebnyak hit the post with a shot from distance with Manninger beaten as Zenit stepped up the pressure.

Eight minutes from time Zenit opened up Juve down the left but Danny poked a shot with the outside of his right boot just wide of the far post.

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