Algerian Ishak Belfodil nearly caused a major problem for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, as his early goal threatened to condemn the English giants to a second straight defeat in Group F.

However, the Citizens struck back quickly through Sergio Aguero and ultimately claimed victory thanks to a late goal from David Silva for a 2-1 victory.

Following their opening defeat to Olympique Lyon, the result was very much a welcome one for City and manager Pep Guardiola, who believes their hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds “will come down to our final game this time”.

The other Group F match on Tuesday saw Bertrand Traore and Maxwel Cornet feature for Lyon in their 2-2 draw at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Manchester United continue to struggle as they were held 0-0 at home by Valencia – though at least they kept a clean sheet, with the return of Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly surely a contributing factor – while Juventus took control of Group H with a 3-0 home win (featuring a hat-trick from Paulo Dybala) over a Young Boys team which had Guinean Mohamed Aly Camara sent off.

Morocco’s Noussair Mazraoui was on the score sheet for Ajax as they claimed an impressive 1-1 draw away to Bayern Munich, 10-man Benfica won 3-2 away to AEK Athens, Roma continued their stunning return to form with a 5-0 destruction of Viktoria Plzen, and the big surprise of the round was CSKA’s 1-0 home win over title holders Real Madrid.

Wednesday’s headline results came in London and Naples, as Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 4-2 by a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona and Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at Stadio San Paolo, with the game featuring African stars Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah.

Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all racked up comfortable home wins over Red Star, Club Brugge and Monaco respectively, Kwadwo Asamoah and Keita Balde featured for Internazionale in their 2-1 win away to PSV Eindhoven, and Moussa Marega scored the only goal as Porto edged Galatasaray.

 

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