Late Win For Bayern Over City

playersBayern left it late but got the job done against Manchester City, as Jerome Boateng came back to haunt his former club and fired a crucial first ever goal in his 32nd Champions League outing against the reigning Premier League champions.

Boateng’s piledriver may have deflected off Mario Gotze’s back – flying into the net past City keeper Joe Hart, who had denied Bayern brilliantly all game – but the 26-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since his move from Manchester.

He has become Pep’s rock at the heart of the defence and Dante’s days as a first choice are numbered.

His goal adds weight to the argument that the German giants are the epitome of strong starters in Europe’s elite competition and the last-gasp win in Munich was their 11th Champions League in a row in the opening group fixture.

Indeed, Bayern have won every initial joust since succumbing to Roy Makaay’s hat-trick for Deportivo La Coruna 12 years ago.

Probable group whipping boys CSKA Moscow are next up and, as UEFA have sanctioned the Russian side for repeated racist behaviour from fans, Bayern will play their next opponents behind closed doors in a ghostly atmosphere. Things are looking good already for another assault on the title.

Elsewhere, former Arsenal striker Gervinho bagged a brace as Roma thumped CSKA Moscow 5-1 in the Italian capital.

Juan Iturbe and Maicon were also on the scoresheet, Sergei Ignashevich putting through his own net and Ahmed Musa claiming Moscow’s solitary reply.

Yacine Brahimi’s hat-trick helped Porto set a new club-record Champions League victory in a 6-0 thumping of BATE Borisov.

The outclassed Belarus side had no answers to Algeria midfielder Brahimi, with Jackson Martinez, Adrian Lopez and Vincent Aboubakar also on the scoresheet.

Barcelona laboured to a 1-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia at the Nou Camp, with defender Gerard Pique to thank for their slender win.

The hosts dominated possession and had 17 efforts on goal, but forgot their shooting boots despite grinding out the result.

Lasse Schone’s brilliant free-kick saw Ajax hold Paris St Germain to a 1-1 draw in Group F.

Denmark winger Schone levelled the match with Ajax’s first shot on target, just when PSG were eyeing victory.

Edinson Cavani blasted his 28th goal in 50 PSG appearances to hand the Frenchmen the lead, with Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic denied at every turn against his former club.

Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar played out a goalless draw in Spain, while Luka Zahovic stole a late equaliser in Maribor’s 1-1 home draw with Sporting Lisbon.

Former Manchester United midfielder Nani handed Sporting the lead with just 10 minutes remain but the hosts hit back after a pair of botched clearances let in Zahovic.

Chelsea were unable to transfer their imperious Premier League form to the European arena, letting an early lead slip to draw 1-1 with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead, sliding home after a one-two with Eden Hazard on just 11 minutes.

Jose Mourinho’s men were unable to close out the contest however, with Klaas Jan Huntelaar stealing a point for the visitors.

The Schalke striker pinched the ball from Fabregas before firing home, thwarting Chelsea’s hopes of a fast start to this year’s tournament.

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