Manchester United and their city rivals Manchester City restored some English pride in the UEFA Champions League after they both won their matches, Wednesday night.
Both sides had to rally from a goal behind with Man City needing a Sergio Aguero stoppage time penalty to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1, while Manchester United completed the job a bit early thanks to Chris Smalling’s 53rd minute goal which secured them a similar scoreline success over Wolfsburg.
It was a welcome relief for the Premier League after Arsenal and Chelsea lost their matches the previous day. The Red Devils however find themselves third in their Group B after CSKA Moscow beat PSV 3-2 to ensure that all the teams are tied on 3 points.
CSKA got the win courtesy of its twin African stars, Nigerian Ahmed Musa and Cote d’Ivoire’s Seydou Doumbia. Musa gave the Russians the lead after 8 minutes before Doumbia stepped in with a brace for a 3-0 lead at the interval. However, Maxime Lesteinne’s double after the breather cut the lead down to 3-2 but the Dutch side were unable to complete a comeback.
Man City are also third in their Group D behind leaders Juventus who beat second-placed Sevilla thanks to a goal each from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza either side of the half.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo equaled Raul’s goalscoring record at the club after he scored twice in a 2-0 defeat of Malmo FF. The Portuguese clipped home the opener in the 29th minute, his 500th career goal, before adding a second with a simple finish which drew him level with Raul’s club total of 323 goals.
The win maintained Los Blancos 100% winning record in Group A but PSG are only behind them on goal difference after also making it two wins from two with a 3-0 defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to goals from Serge Aurier, David Luiz and a Darijo Srna own goal.
Benfica rallied from a goal down to claim a shock 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid in Group C. Angel Correa had given Atletico the lead with a 23rd minute goal in his Champions League debut but Nicolas Gaitan drew the Portuguese champions level in the 36th minute before he set up Goncalo Guedes’ winner 6 minutes after the restart.
Benfica top the Group with a 100% winning record followed by Atletico. The other two sides in the group, Astana and Galatasaray, played to a 2-2 draw with three of the four goals being own goals. Bilal Kisa tucked home a Wesley Sneijder pass at the half hour mark to give Gala the lead before Hakan Balta turned into this own net to draw Astana level. Two more own goals in a space of two minutes from Astana’s Nenad Eric and Galatasaray’s Lionel Carole ensured the spoils were shared in Kazakhstan.
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