Champions League matchday 6: Manchester United and Man City in Action

With the match in Istanbul abandoned, Champions League matchday 6 didn’t get off to the sort of start that most fans expected. This is supposed to be the final chance to qualify for the knockout stage not an evening off because of snowy conditions, but that’s what greeted Juventus and Galatasaray’s players. For a while it looked like officials would remove the snow and continue the game, but without a goal scored the decision to postpone the match must have been easier for match officials.

The two matches involving Premier League clubs saw the red and blue halves of Manchester in action. Before the kick-off Manchester City were hopeful of taking top spot in Group D, but a Thomas Muller goal after 5 minutes that resulted from a long ball over the top of the defence and a 12th minutes strike from Mario Gotze when a corner wasn’t dealt with properly, put the visitors onto the back foot.

City struck back with a goal from winger David Silva after a Jesus Navas early cross confused Bayern’s defence. But Joe Hart was called into action too often in the first half, making great diving saves from shots by Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery.

Edin Dzeko had a chance early in the second half, before a 59th minute foul on James Milner resulted in a penalty that Aleksandar Kolarov converted to draw the side’s level. A few minutes later Milner was on the score sheet, curling a low shot into the corner of the net to put the visitors into a lead they would hold to the end of the match.

At about the same time as Milner was scoring, Phil Jones put the Reds into a 1-0 lead in Manchester United’s less exciting encounter with Shakhtar. Robin van Persie came close to sealing the result with another goal, but in the end United played out the remaining minutes of the match to secure top spot in the group.

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