It was another dramatic night of Champions League football as both Manchester clubs earned their first win in the competition this year.
City were all but heading for an early elimination but Sergio Aguero scored in the very last minute to beat Villarreal.
Man City went into the game with the Spanish side knowing they needed the win to keep their hopes of progressing alive after a draw and defeat so far in Group A. Things didn’t start well for City as Cani put the yellow submarine 1-0 inside four minutes.
The home side huffed and puffed but failed to open up a resilient Villarreal back line. The equaliser did come just before the break when Kolarov’s low cross was turned into his own net by Carlos Marchena. It was a familiar face who broke Spanish hearts though deep into injury time as substitute Sergio Aguero sent the City fans into raptures.
Meanwhile, Napoli halted Bayern Munich’s momentum despite the German champions opening the scoring inside two minutes when Toni Kroos fired past De Sanctis.
Napoli have shown fight so far this campaign and they pegged the visitors back before the break when Badstuber put into his own net. It finished 1-1.
Tonight’s results mean that Bayern remain top while Napoli are second with 5 points. City are now just one behind the Italians in third while Villarreal are still bottom on zero points.
In Group B, CSKA Moscow earned a comfortable win over Trabzonspor while Inter Milan beat Joe Cole’s Lille in France. The results mean that Inter remain top while CSKA leap frog the Turkish side into second and Lille go bottom.
Manchester United struggled in Romania but like City earned their first victory in Group C. Two penalties from Wayne Rooney gave United a 2-0 win over Otelul Galati. Nemanja
Vidic was sent off for a late challenge but the German referee got it very wrong and it was just a booking. He made it ten men a piece by showing one of the Galati defenders a second booking
Benfica remain top though after beating Basle 2-0. They are unbeaten in all competitions this season and United will have to beat the Portuguese side at Old Trafford it seems to claim top spot. So Benfica stay top with 7 points, United in second on five while Basle drop to third with 4 points.
Finally in Group D, Real Madrid maintained their 100% record so far with a comfortable 4-0 win over Lyon. Goals from Benzema, Khedira, Ramos and an own goal from Hugo Lloris gave Mourinho’s men a simple victory and all but guarantees them progression.
Ajax boosted their chances of qualifying for the knock out stages with a 2-0 in Zagreb. Madrid on top with 9 points, while Ajax and Lyon have 4 points each and Dynamo Zagreb are pointless.
Some stats following tonight’s matches…
Wayne Rooney is the top-scoring Englishman in CL history with 26, ahead of Scholes (24) Lampard (20) and Gerrard (19)
Villarreal are the first Spanish club in CL history to lose their first 3 CL group matches
In the last 10 years, Ajax have won four away matches in the CL, all by a two goal margin
Benfica stayed undefeated through their first three for only the second time, following their 1994/1995 campaign.
Sergio Agüero scored five goals in only eight appearances versus Villarreal for Atlético Madrid in La Liga.
Over to Wednesday night now and Chelsea and Arsenal take centre stage, lets hope it’s as entertaining as Tuesday night’s action
Real Madrid 4-0 Lyon
Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Ajax
FC Basel 0-2 Benfica
Lille 0-1 Inter Milan
CSKA Moscow 3-0 Trabzonspor
Napoli 1-1 Bayern Munich
Man City 2-1 Villarreal
Otelul Galati 0-2 Man United