Mancini Endures Enthralling Debut

Pellegrini’s predecessor at City, Roberto Mancini, enjoyed a baptism of fire in his first game just 48 hours after being appointed coach of Galatasaray.

Didier Drogba gave Mancini the perfect start, putting the Italian’s new Turkish club into the lead – but Juventus hit back with a late double from Arturo Vidal‘s penalty and Fabio Quagliarella before substitute Umut Bulut bagged the equaliser two minutes from time.

Galatasaray, who are bottom of Group B, had been hammered 6-1 by table toppers Real Madrid last time out and Real were at it again, drubbing FC Copenhagen 4-0 at the Bernabeu with doubles from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria.

The nine-time champions of Europe are well on course for the last 16, four points ahead of Juve with the Italians next up to visit Real’s stronghold.

Paris Saint-Germain are sitting pretty on six points and occupying the Group C summit after their 3-0 win over shell-shocked Benfica at the Parc des Princes. The Parisians indicated that they are genuine title contenders with a stunning first-half display thanks to superbly-worked goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who grabbed a brace, and Marquinhos.

Benfica tread water on three points, ahead only on goal difference from Olympiacos who defeated Anderlecht by an identical scoreline.


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