Carlos Tevez refused to come on as a second-half substitute as Manchester City lost 2-0 at Bayern Munich, while Manchester United scored in the final minute to salvage a 3-3 home draw with Basel in soccer’s Champions League.
City manager Roberto Mancini told reporters that Tevez would be finished at the club if it was up to him, saying the player refused to warm up or enter the game. The Argentina international sought to leave in the summer to return to South America and be closer to his family.
“I cannot accept this behavior,” Mancini said last night. “I helped Carlos for two years.”
Today, Tevez said he didn’t refuse to play in the game. He apologized to City supporters for a “misunderstanding” that left him on the bench.
“I had warmed up and was ready to play,” according to a statement cited by the Daily Mirror. “This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play.”
The German international scored in the 38th minute after Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart stopped a shot from Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller’s rebound attempt. Gomez was on the spot again to tuck in the ball at the near post in stoppage time after Hart blocked Daniel van Buyten’s header.
Tevez said nothing about his refusal to play in an interview with Sky Sports.
“I’ve been a professional during all my time here,” the striker said through an interpreter. “Last season I was the top scorer. I put my opinion through that I wanted to leave because of family reasons but I keep trying to do my best.”
Bayern leads Group A after two games with six points, two more than Napoli, which beat Villarreal 2-0 on goals from Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani. City has one point and Villarreal none.
United Blows Lead
Manchester United blew a 2-0 halftime lead at Old Trafford and trailed 3-2 until Ashley Young’s headed goal in the 90th minute.
Fabian Frei began Basel’s fight back with a goal in the 58th minute. Alexander Frei tied it two minutes later and put the Swiss club ahead in the 76th minute with a penalty kick.
United got the draw as Nani sent a cross in for Young to head the ball past goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
“Though we pulled it back we’re very disappointed,” Welbeck, 20, told Sky Sports. “We should’ve put the game away. It feels like a defeat.”
The result leaves United third in Group C with two points, two fewer than Basel and Benfica, which beat pointless Otelul Galati 1-0 on Bruno Cesar’s goal.
“We were careless,” United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. “A lack of concentration saw us give the game away really, but we rescued it.”
Mauro Zarate’s goal in the 79th minute gave Inter a 3-2 win over CSKA Moscow in Group B. The score came two minutes after Vagner Love tied the game for CSKA.
Trabzonspor rallied for a 1-1 home draw with Lille on Gustavo Colman’s 75th-minute penalty kick. Trabzonspor leads the group with four points, Inter has three, Lille two and CSKA one.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema scored as Real Madrid beat Ajax 3-0 in a Group D matchup of former champions.
“I had a great game like all the team, I’m starting to show my game,” Kaka, who missed most of last season with injuries, told reporters at the Bernabeu stadium. “This puts us in a good position in the group.”
Real has six points to lead Lyon, which beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0, by two points in the group. Ajax has one point and Dinamo has none.