UCL Rewind: Bayern thrash Man City; Real Madrid take care of Copenhagen; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The defending UEFA Champions League title holders proved that even with a new coach, not much has changed from last year.

Even though they were playing on the road at the Etihad Stadium, Bayern Munich thrashed Manchester City, 3-1, becoming the first European side to win at Man City’s ground in the Champions League. Bayern went down to ten men with five minutes remaining but it was too little too late for Man City, as Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, and Franck Ribery all scored for the German club.

Real Madrid picked up a morale boosting win, defeating FC Copenhagen, 4-0, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria scored a brace for Los Blancos in the rout and the two combined for a particularly special goal in the 65th minute. Karim Benzema played a back-heel pass to a sprinting Di Maria in the box, who sent a rabona cross in the middle for Ronaldo to easily head home.

It wasn’t a great evening for the likes of Anderlecht (lost, 3-0, home to Olympiakos) and Benfica (lost, 3-0, away to Paris Saint-Germain), who were both held goalless by their opponents. For Anderlecht it’s the second consecutive match where they’ve been shutout. Manchester United’s day wasn’t much better either, as they slumped to a 1-1 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk. Danny Welbeck put the Red Devils in the lead in the 18th minute but Taison struck back to level for the Ukrainian club in the 76th minute.

Here’s a full rundown of Wednesday’s results:

Group A

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Real Sociedad

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United

Group B

Real Madrid 4-0 FC Copenhagen

Juventus 2-2 Galatasaray

Group C

Anderlecht 0-3 Olympiakos

Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Benfica

Group D

CSKA Moscow 3-2 Viktoria Plzen

Manchester City 1-3 Bayern Munich

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What do you think of these results? Impressed with Bayern’s performance? Did you expect Real Madrid to win easily? Do you believe Man United can recover some form this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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11 Responses to UCL Rewind: Bayern thrash Man City; Real Madrid take care of Copenhagen; and more

  1. Kevin says:

    Based on recent result the top 3 teams in Europe are:

    1. Bayern Munich
    2. Barcelona
    3. Atletico Madrid

    That Spanish dominance.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Arsenal?

      • Kevin says:

        Haven’t beat any top team (no, beating Madrid’s bench doesn’t count), but they’re certainly top 5.

        • Travis says:

          What? They havent played Madrid and if you are referring to Napoli they were missing a grand total of one starter. Arsenal have only dropped points in one game this year, you can only play who is on your schedule

        • Increase says:

          Napoli is pretty good.. 2nd in Italy. I think they count as someone…. I

        • Tony in Quakeland says:

          And they beat the second team in the EPL (Spurs) and have been winning without Walcott and Corzola.

    • MiamiAl says:

      Sorry, I put Dortmund in 2nd. That is German dominance.

      • Travis says:

        Didnt they get beaten fairly handily by Napoli on day one? Hard to say they are the second best team in Europe right now

        • SBI TroII says:

          Hard to say they were beaten “handily” after losing their goalie and manager for most of the game. It was also their first loss in all competitions this year.

    • MikeG says:

      Premature. Slow down the rhythm. Pace yourself. What’s the rush? You know you will reach the end. Don’t get too excited.