Champions League

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The German champions took a long time to make their superiority count, but Jerome Boateng's late winner ensured they have the edge over Manchester City in Group E

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A first-half header from Gerard Pique proved to be just enough for Luis Enrique's men, who weaseled their way to three points against a well-organised and spirited APOEL outfit

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The German champions took a long time to make their superiority count, but Jerome Boateng's late winner ensured they have the edge over Manchester City in Group E

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A first-half header from Gerard Pique proved to be just enough for Luis Enrique's men, who weaseled their way to three points against a well-organised and spirited APOEL outfit

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On-loan star Nani was close to scoring the winning goal but Zahovic seized on an error from Mauricio in the last minute to draw level on their Champions League return

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On-loan star Nani was close to scoring the winning goal but Zahovic seized on an error from Mauricio in the last minute to draw level on their Champions League return

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COMMENT: A lacklustre performance from Laurent Blanc's side in Amsterdam suggests there is a great deal of work to do if they are to challenge for top honours

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COMMENT: A lacklustre performance from Laurent Blanc's side in Amsterdam suggests there is a great deal of work to do if they are to challenge for top honours

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The Spanish side's return to Champions League football for the first time since 1998-99 ended in frustration as they failed to break down their Ukranian visitors

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The Spanish side's return to Champions League football for the first time since 1998-99 ended in frustration as they failed to break down their Ukranian visitors

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Ernesto Valverde's team failed to break down the Ukrainian side and were forced to settle for a point in San Mames

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The England goalkeeper was finally beaten late on having kept out Pep Guardiola's side for the majority of the 90 minutes as City suffered defeat in their group stage opener

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Ernesto Valverde's team failed to break down the Ukrainian side and were forced to settle for a point in San Mames

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The England goalkeeper was finally beaten late on having kept out Pep Guardiola's side for the majority of the 90 minutes as City suffered defeat in their group stage opener

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A flurry of first-half goals left the visitors decimated and there was no way back in the second half, which was more of an even-sided affair

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A flurry of first-half goals left the visitors decimated and there was no way back in the second half, which was more of an even-sided affair