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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Real stunned, Juve and City victorious


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Real Madrid failed to score for the third straight game as they slumped to a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

With Sergio Ramos rested, the reigning European champions' defence was disjointed and conceded as early as the second minute when CSKA's Nikola Vlasic intercepted a pass from Toni Kroos and struck the ball low past Keylor Navas.

Madrid had to contend with a tightly packed CSKA defence as Casemiro hit the post in the 28th minute with a speculative shot, Karim Benzema headed onto the bar in the 40th, and Mariano Diaz headed onto the post late on.

Even with nearly 70 per cent possession and Luka Modric introduced off the bench, Real couldn't break down CSKA and offered the Russian team chances on the counterattack.

When Dani Carvajal limped off just before half-time, Madrid seemed set to add to an injury list which already contains Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco.

Roma beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 with an Edin Dzeko hat-trick in the other game in Group G, which left left the Russians top of the group with four points, ahead of Madrid and Roma with three each and Plzen on one point.

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui vocal on the sidelines. (AAP)

Manchester City overcame a first-minute setback with a victory at Hoffenheim, while Paulo Dybala orchestrated a Juventus thrashing of Switzerland's Young Boys.

The Premier League champions and current leaders, urgently needing a win after their opening week Group F defeat at home by Olympique Lyonnais, were rocked by an Ishak Belfodil goal after just 44 seconds.

Sergio Aguero's equaliser seven minutes later seemed to have set them back on course as they dominated the opening half but the Bundesliga side, bold and enterprising, held on until Silva cashed in on a late defensive error.

David Silva robbed central defender Stefan Posch of possession in the box before shooting home to take them to three points in the group.

Juventus playmaker Dybala flourished in the absence of suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring a hat-trick to give the Serie A champions a 3-0 win over Young Boys.

Ronaldo, sent off in last month's 2-0 win over Valencia, missed his first game since joining the Turin club in July but Juventus made light of his absence as they cantered to their ninth straight win of the season in all competitions.

The win leaves them alone on six points in Group H, with Manchester United held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by Valencia.

United are in second with four points but meet high-flying Juventus in their next match, while Valencia take on pointless Young Boys.

Benfica beat AEK 3-2, Bayern Munich drew with Ajax 1-1 while Lyon and Shakhtar Donesk shared the points in a 2-2 result.

Real Madrid failed to score for the third straight game as they slumped to a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

With Sergio Ramos rested, the reigning European champions' defence was disjointed and conceded as early as the second minute when CSKA's Nikola Vlasic intercepted a pass from Toni Kroos and struck the ball low past Keylor Navas.

Madrid had to contend with a tightly packed CSKA defence as Casemiro hit the post in the 28th minute with a speculative shot, Karim Benzema headed onto the bar in the 40th, and Mariano Diaz headed onto the post late on.

Even with nearly 70 per cent possession and Luka Modric introduced off the bench, Real couldn't break down CSKA and offered the Russian team chances on the counterattack.

When Dani Carvajal limped off just before half-time, Madrid seemed set to add to an injury list which already contains Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco.

Roma beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 with an Edin Dzeko hat-trick in the other game in Group G, which left left the Russians top of the group with four points, ahead of Madrid and Roma with three each and Plzen on one point.

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui vocal on the sidelines. (AAP)

Manchester City overcame a first-minute setback with a victory at Hoffenheim, while Paulo Dybala orchestrated a Juventus thrashing of Switzerland's Young Boys.

The Premier League champions and current leaders, urgently needing a win after their opening week Group F defeat at home by Olympique Lyonnais, were rocked by an Ishak Belfodil goal after just 44 seconds.

Sergio Aguero's equaliser seven minutes later seemed to have set them back on course as they dominated the opening half but the Bundesliga side, bold and enterprising, held on until Silva cashed in on a late defensive error.

David Silva robbed central defender Stefan Posch of possession in the box before shooting home to take them to three points in the group.

Juventus playmaker Dybala flourished in the absence of suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring a hat-trick to give the Serie A champions a 3-0 win over Young Boys.

Ronaldo, sent off in last month's 2-0 win over Valencia, missed his first game since joining the Turin club in July but Juventus made light of his absence as they cantered to their ninth straight win of the season in all competitions.

The win leaves them alone on six points in Group H, with Manchester United held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by Valencia.

United are in second with four points but meet high-flying Juventus in their next match, while Valencia take on pointless Young Boys.

Benfica beat AEK 3-2, Bayern Munich drew with Ajax 1-1 while Lyon and Shakhtar Donesk shared the points in a 2-2 result.

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