UCL Review: Man United, Madrid Held, Man City Win

Antony Martial conceded a penalty but then redeemed himself as Manchester United left Russia with a point in a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow in their UEFA Champions League Group B clash, Wednesday night.

The French teenager handled the ball in the box after 15 minutes which Seydou Doumbia turned in from the rebound after David De Gea had saved Roman Eremenko’s spot-kick, giving the home side the lead.

Martial, signed from Monaco this summer atoned for his error with a 65th minute headed equaliser – his first career goal in the competition after exactly 11 hours of action.

The result left the two sides level on four points from three games in Group B.

German side Wolfsburg took charge of the group after a 2-0 defeat of PSV. Bas Dost and Max Kruse gave the Bundesliga outfit the win with both goals arriving in the second half after a barren opening half.

Manchester City had to come from behind in their 2-1 defeat of Sevilla at the Etihad. Yevhen Konoplyanka put the visitors in the lead at the half hour mark but the hosts drew level just six minutes later courtesy of an Adel Rami own goal.

Kevin De Bruyne headed home the winner in stoppage time from a Yaya Toure cross to give Manuel Pellegrini’s men the win that puts them second in Group D, a point behind leaders Juventus who were held to a barren draw by Borussia Monchengladbach in Turin.

Group A topdogs Real Madrid and PSG also fought to a 0-0 stalemate at Parc des Princes in Paris, all the big names in the game including Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani unable to find a goal in the game. The duo are locked on 7 points in the Group after three matchdays.

Malmo FF are four points behind in third after inflicting a third straight loss to Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to a solitary strike from Markus Rosenberg.

Atletico Madrid wrestled Group C leadership from Benfica after a 4-0 defeat of Astana at Estadio Vicente Calderon. Niguez Saul put the La Liga side ahead halfway into the first half before setting up Jackson Martinez for the second six minutes later.

Oliver Torres made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute and a Denys Dedechko own goal rounded up a comfortable win for Diego Simeone’s outfit.

Benfica surrendered a 1-0 lead after two minutes in their 2-1 defeat away to Galatasaray who equalizer through Selcuk Inan’s 19th minute penalty after which Lucas Podolski netted the would-be winner in the 33rd minute. Benfica and Atletico are tied on top with 6 points each but the Madrid side have a better goal difference. Gala are two points behind in third with Kazakh side Astana bottom with one point.

The return leg round of group matches will be played on November 3-4.

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