Real in shock Champs League de­feat as United stut­ter again

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT - Andy Scott

CHAM­PI­ONS League hold­ers Real Madrid slumped to a rare de­feat in the com­pe­ti­tion as they went down 1-0 away to CSKA Moscow on Tues­day, while Jose Mour­inho’s Manch­ester United mis­fired again in a 0-0 draw with Va­len­cia.

While Bay­ern Mu­nich were also held by Ajax, it was a hap­pier evening for Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City as they beat Hof­fen­heim 2-1, and Ju­ven­tus were also com­fort­able win­ners thanks to Paulo Dy­bala’s hat-trick.

Real were not ex­pected to strug­gle in Group G as they look to con­tinue their re­cent dom­i­nance of the Cham­pi­ons League, but Julen Lopetegui’s side went be­hind in­side two min­utes in Moscow fol­low­ing a mis­take by Toni Kroos.

The Ger­man’s drilled back­pass turned into a gift for Nikola Vla­sic, and the winger on loan from Ever­ton fired past Key­lor Navas to put CSKA ahead.

Casemiro hit the post in the first half – one of three at­tempts that found the wood­work for the vis­i­tors – but Real were weak­ened by the ab­sences of Gareth Bale and Ser­gio Ramos, while Luka Mo­dric started on the bench.

CSKA held on, de­spite hav­ing goal­keeper Igor Ak­in­feev sent off in in­jury time, and they move above Real to the top of Group G.

“I am sure we will soon be scor­ing again and win­ning again,” said Lopetegui, whose team have not found the net in three matches.

It was only Madrid’s third de­feat in the Cham­pi­ons League group stage this decade, but Real will nev­er­the­less ex­pect to bounce back next against Czech cham­pi­ons Vik­to­ria Plzen, who were crushed 5-0 by Roma.

Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick for the Ital­ian side, with Cen­giz Un­der and Justin Kluiv­ert also net­ting.

At Old Traf­ford, the pres­sure con­tin­ued to build on Mour­inho as United pro­duced an­other in­sipid at­tack­ing dis­play in their goal­less stale­mate with Va­len­cia.

They are now four games with­out a win, and Mour­inho’s de­ci­sion to re­call Alexis Sanchez – af­ter drop­ping the Chilean for the week­end de­feat at West Ham United – failed to pay off.

“Our at­tack­ing play­ers aren’t in their best mo­ments of con­fi­dence and in­di­vid­ual level,” moaned Mour­inho. “We thought with three or four chances we would score and win the game.”

Dy­bala shines in Ron­aldo ab­sence

Mour­inho’s side are sec­ond in Group H, two points be­hind Ju­ven­tus.

Juve eased to vic­tory against 10-man Young Boys in Turin, with Dy­bala scor­ing a hat-trick to take cen­tre stage in the ab­sence of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, who was serv­ing a one-game ban.

“We were with­out Cris­tiano, and at times it is eas­ier with him in the side, but we have to be a great team both with and with­out him,” Dy­bala said.

Guardi­ola saw Manch­ester City come from be­hind to beat Hof­fen­heim in Ger­many in Group F.

David Silva scored three min­utes from time to get the Premier League cham­pi­ons back on track af­ter they started their cam­paign with a 2-1 home de­feat against Lyon.

Ishak Belfodil had put Hof­fen­heim ahead af­ter just 44 sec­onds, but Ser­gio Aguero equalised in the eighth minute be­fore Silva’s late win­ner.

“This com­pe­ti­tion isn’t al­ways a red car­pet. Manch­ester City is a fan­tas­tic club, but we don’t have a his­tory of hav­ing to fight and we fought for ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing here,” Guardi­ola said.

“This is one of the hap­pi­est days I have had at this club as it will help us go­ing for­ward.”

City next face Shakhtar Donetsk, who squan­dered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Lyon in France, in a game played be­hind closed doors.

Brazil­ian for­ward Ju­nior Mo­raes scored twice for Shakhtar, but Lyon fought back to draw with goals from Moussa Dem­bele and Leo Dubois.

It was a good re­sult for Lyon, whose fans were miss­ing as a pun­ish­ment for trou­ble at a game against CSKA last sea­son, and they now top the group.

Mean­while, Bay­ern could not hang on to the early lead given to them against Ajax when Mats Hum­mels headed in Ar­jen Robben’s cross. Young full-back Nous­sair Mazraoui equalised to give the Dutch side a 1-1 draw.

Those sides are level atop Group E ahead of Ben­fica, who won 3-2 in a thriller at AEK Athens with Alfa Semedo scor­ing the de­cid­ing goal.

Real Madrid for­ward Mar­i­ano lies on the pitch dur­ing their UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group G match with CSKA Moscow at the Luzh­niki sta­dium in Moscow on Tues­day night.

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