December 5, 2013
Bayern destroy sorry City, Di Maria double drives Real Madrid
Bayern Munich thumped hosts Manchester City 3-1 in their Champions League Group D encounter, as the holders taught the English side they still have a lot to learn if they are to achieve continental success.
Pep Guardiola's side got off to the perfect start with Franck Ribery's seventh-minute opener from a straightforward long-range shot that City keeper Joe Hart inexplicably failed to keep out and the German champions never looked back.
Thomas Muller rounded Hart to double their lead 11 minutes into the second half, while Arjen Robben beat the floundering England keeper at his near post for the third on the hour.
City substitute Alvaro Negredo pulled one back for the hosts in the 80th minute and Bayern's Jerome Boateng was shown a red card four minutes from time, with David Silva hitting the bar from the resulting free kick but it was too little too late as Bayern took charge of Group D with a maximum six points from two games.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice with his head and Angel Di Maria also grabbed a double as Real Madrid maintained their winning start in Champions League Group B with a thumping 4-0 victory over FC Copenhagen.
Portugal forward Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick in the opening 6-1 drubbing of Galatasaray with another sparkling display and Di Maria also turned in a fine performance in the absence of injured world record signing Gareth Bale.
WEDNESDAY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 Manchester United
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Real Sociedad
Juventus 2-2 Galatasaray
Real Madrid 4-0 FC Copenhagen
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Benfica
Anderlecht 0-0 Olympiakos
Manchester City 1-3 Bayern Munich
CSKA Moscow 3-2 Viktoria Plzen