UEFA Champions League: Bayern Humble City

.As Shakhtar Hold Man. United

UEFA Champions League holders Bayern Munich joined Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in emerging from the second round of group games with comfortable wins on Wednesday, while the two clubs from Manchester endured differing fates.

David Moyes’ United, after their worst start to a domestic campaign in 24 years, were held to a dour 1-1 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk in a game that went ahead without injured Wayne Rooney. The stalemate, after Danny Welbeck‘s early opener was cancelled out by Taison 14 minutes from time, left United level with Shakhtar at the top of Group A, after Bayer Leverkusen beat Real Sociedad 2-1.

United’s veteran Welsh international Ryan Giggs came on to create history in the second half to overtake previous record holder Raul with his 145th appearance in Europe’s top club competition.

Back in Manchester, at the Etihad stadium, City were humbled 3-1 by brilliant Bayern, playing in England for the first time since claiming the trophy at Wembley last season, in a clash that reunited City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini with Pep Guardiola. The pair are old foes from Spain, when they occupied the dugouts at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively in 2009-10.

It was Guradiola who came away with the bragging rights after goals from Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben – Alvaro Negredo getting a late consolation for City – which pushed the German giants onto six points and firmly in command of Group D. City lie second on three points with CSKA Moscow, 3-2 winners over Viktoria Plzen, in third on goal difference.

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