Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic fail to fire in CL stalemate

Real Madrid draw with PSG to stay top of the group; Martial concedes penalty but scores equaliser for Man Utd.

Real Madrid top the group on goal-difference [AP]
Real Madrid top the group on goal-difference [AP]

Real Madrid took a big step towards finishing top of Champions League Group A game when they held Paris St Germain to a 0-0 draw in the French capital as both teams remained unbeaten.

French champions PSG enjoyed most of the possession but took an over-cautious approach and injury-hit Real had the best chances through Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese in the first half.

Five arrested in Manchester

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) arrested five people, three of them Polish football fans, when a brawl broke out in the city centre before Manchester City played Sevilla.

The fight took place in Shambles Square and police officers arriving at around 1530 local time to deal with the trouble.

It is unclear what sparked the violence, although reports in Spain suggested fans of Polish club Slask Wroclaw sparked the trouble following violence when Slask and Sevilla met in the Europa League in 2013.

The Spanish 10-time European champions stayed top of the group with seven points from three games and lead PSG on goal difference, with the reverse fixture to come in Madrid in two weeks time.

Malmo are third on three points after beating pointless Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0.

Elsewhere, Anthony Martial went from villain to hero as his second-half equaliser earned Manchester United a deserved point against CSKA Moscow in Champions League Group B.

The French teenager conceded a first-half penalty, but popped up with a fine header to make it 1-1.

The visitors started well but fell behind on 15 minutes after Martial was correctly adjudged to have hand balled in the penalty area.

Roman Eremnko’s spot-kick was brilliantly palmed on to the post by David de Gea, but the ball rebounded into the path of Seydou Doumbia who had the easiest of finishes.

CSKA Moscow and Manchester United both have four points from three games [EPA]

Elsewhere, Saul Niguez, Jackson Martinez and substitute Oliver Torres scored a goal each as Atletico Madrid easily defeated Astana 4-0.

Niguez opened the scoring with a back-heel finish after a run by Yannick Carrasco following a corner in the 23rd minute. Martinez then fired home in the 29th and Torres lobbed the goalkeeper in the 63rd.

The fourth goal came when Astana defender Denys Dedechko turned the ball into his own net while trying to clear a cross in the 89th.

The victory at the Calderon Stadium in Madrid leaves Atletico with six points from three matches in Group C, level with Benfica, which lost 2-1 at Galatasaray.

Kevin De Bruyne’s late winner helped Manchester city beat Sevilla [AP]


Atletico Madrid 4-0 Astana

Galatasaray 2-1 Benfica

CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United 

VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

Juventus 0-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 

Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla

Juventus 0-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Malmo 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Paris St Germain 0-0 Real Madrid

Source : News Agencies


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