Manchester United, City rally to UCL victories
Wednesday installment of the UEFA champions league went well for English representatives as both Manchester clubs rallied to victories after having to come from behind.
Manchester United hosted Wolfsburg, an in form bundesliga side having in mind that it was a must win encounter after the opening day loss to PSV in Eindhoven. It took just three minutes for Wolfsburg to silence the Old Trafford ground as Daniel Calliguiri latched on to a Max Kruse lay off to hand the visitors the lead.
United fought hard all half long with Juan Mata going close and teenage striker Anthony Martial too. The hosts drew level from the spot on the 34th minute when Naldo was penalized and Juan Mata made no mistake from 6 yards out. Both sides had chances to go into the break with a lead but it didn't happen.
Louis Van Gaal threw in Ashley Young at the start of the second half to add some bite to his attack and it paid off as it took just eight minutes of the restart for Chris Smalling to head in Juan Mata's cross. A perfect comeback it was as United went on to record their first win of the European campaign and prepare solidly for the weekend clash with Arsenal.
It started horribly for Manchester City in Germany as Nicolas Otamendi went into the book and referee pointed to the spot but Monchengladbach forward Rafael missed the penalty. It was a must win too for the Citizens as they slumped to a 2:1 reverse a fortnight ago at home to last season's finalist Juventus.
Nicolas Otamendi returned to the City back four as the injury problems continue to ravage the visitors but they were happy to call on Joe Hart after injury forced him out of the weekend humiliation at White Hart Lane.
The first half went barren not for the lack of efforts from both sides as they both went close. The hosts took a deserved lead early in the second half as Lars Stindi connected to a Julian Korb pass to send the Burrussia-Park ground into delirium but it didn't last long. Andreas Christensen diverted the ball past his keeper to draw Manchester City level in the 65th minute, that gave life to the visitors as they threw everything forward in search of a winner.
The tie was heading to an inevitable stalemate mate before City clawed it back. Fabian Johnson tugged back Sergio Aguero in the area and the referee pointed to the spot for the second time in the game. The Argentine forward fired past Yann Sommer in the Monchengladbach post for City's first win in a tricky group.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Raul Gonzalez' on 323 goals as he fired Real Madrid to victory in Sweden over Malmö while Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala saw off Sevilla for Juventus in Turin.
PSG ran out 3:0 comprehensive winners over Shakter Donetsk in Ukraine and Ahmed Musa inspired CSKA to a 3:2 victory over PSV in Moscow
The surprise result of the round happened in the other half of Madrid as Benfica came from behind to beat Athletico 2:1.
Written by @Komptrolla