Bayern Beats Man. City in Champions League as Ronaldo Leads Real
Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Manchester City in soccer’s Champions League, while Cristiano Ronaldo continued his scoring spree as Real Madrid beat Copenhagen 4-0.
Goals from Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben last night gave defending champion Bayern its seventh consecutive win in Europe’s elite club competition.
“We knew they were a good side and they showed it,” City defender Micah Richards told Sky Sports. “That’s why they’re the champions. We have to hold our hands up and say we got beaten by the better team.”
Ronaldo scored twice, giving him a tournament-leading five goals from two games, in Real’s home victory. Paris Saint-Germain beat Benfica 3-0, while Olympiacos won by the same score at Anderlecht.
Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow also won, as Manchester United drew 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk and Galatasaray used a late goal to draw 2-2 at Juventus.
Two goals in a four-minute span of the second half helped Bayern end Manchester City’s run of 20 games unbeaten at home in European competition.
“When things go your way like they did today, it’s a lot of fun out on the pitch, especially against a quality team like Man City,” Robben said. “We didn’t expect it to be as comfortable, but that’s also a complement to our team.”
Bayern went in front in the seventh minute as Ribery took a pass on the left, cut inside and fired a shot from outside the area between Joe Hart and the near post.
Mueller scored in the 56th minute as he took Dante’s lofted pass behind the defense, went around Hart and put the ball into the open net. Robben scored moments later after Toni Kroos stole the ball in midfield.
Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back for City in the 79th minute, before Bayern’s Jerome Boateng was red-carded for taking down Yaya Toure as the last man back.
Bayern tops Group D with six points, three more than City and CSKA Moscow, which beat Viktoria Plzen 3-2.
Ronaldo scored in each half to give Real Madrid a 2-0 lead. The Portuguese forward has 26 goals in his last 21 Champions League matches and 55 for his career.
Angel Di Maria then scored twice to complete the rout and leave Real with a four-point lead in Group B over Juventus.
Umut Bulut’s goal in the 88th minute gave Galatasaray the away draw in Roberto Mancini’s first game as manager. The score came one minute after Fabio Quagliarella put Juventus in front.
Shakhtar Donetsk earned the home draw with Manchester United on Taison’s goal with 14 minutes remaining. Danny Welbeck scored in the first half for United as Ryan Giggs made his record 145th appearance in the Champions League to move one ahead of Raul Gonzalez.
The draw leaves Shakhtar and United tied atop Group A with four points. Bayer Leverkusen is a point behind after beating Real Sociedad on Jens Hegeler’s goal in stoppage time.
“Four points from the first two games is OK, considering we were away at Shakhtar,” Welbeck said on the website of tournament organizer UEFA. “We are a bit disappointed as we are Manchester United and want to win every game, but we have to be satisfied with a point.”
PSG sits atop Group C with six points after two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped it beat Benfica. Kostas Mitroglou scored three goals as Olympiacos won at Anderlecht to tie Benfica for second place on three points.
Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Schalke all won two days ago to stay perfect through two games. The next round of group matches will be played Oct. 22 and 23. The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the round of 16.
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