|Kevin De Bruyne scored a stoppage time winner as Manchester City broke Sevilla hearts late. Image: Irish Times|
In a meeting of football's superpowers, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid's meeting ended goalless; while the other Madrid side flourished against Astana.
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De Bruyne breaks Sevilla hearts in stoppage time
Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla
Kevin De Bruyne's first ever Champions League goal came in the form of a stoppage-time winner to give Manchester City a crucial victory over Sevilla after coming from a goal behind at the Etihad Stadium.
After thirty minutes of football in Manchester, the Ukranian winger capitalised on some puzzlingly-poor defending from the hosts, giving Vitolo ample time to play it in to his teammate who routinely placed it past the keeper, as it appeared that City's European home-form struggles were continuing.
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A large chunk of the second half was played at a conservative pace, with the La Liga travellers beginning to settle for the prospect of a draw in England. But that didn't stop their opposition from trying for a winner, and they soon found one.
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Martial makes amends in Moscow
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United
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Anthony Martial scored a fine second half header to make amends for conceding a penalty, that despite David De Gea's initial save, allowed Seydou Doumbia to score as Man Utd drew 1-1 with CSKA Moscow.
Louis van Gaal's men controlled the match tempo and dominated ball possession as they are usually do, but their early patience wouldn't materialize and the home side took the early lead despite the heroic efforts of David De Gea. The Spaniard made an excellent penalty save after Martial handled, but as Seydou Doumbia was the quickest player to react and fired home from close range to take the lead.
|A demoralized David De Gea watches on as his initial penalty save is cancelled out by Seydou Doumbia.|
CSKA Moscow were a clear threat going forward; a mix of Seydou Doumbia's pace and penetration and Phil Jones' occasional clumsiness and lack of reliability forced David De Gea's hand as the Spaniard found himself bailing United out of an embarrassing first half. His plethora of sublime saves epitomises the extraordinary talent he is.
CSKA, like PSV, are very ordinary but United just not creative enough. Movement in attack too static & #mufc need Herrera on the ball more.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) October 21, 2015
CSKA Moscow evidently quietened down and United's constant pressure unravelled the hosts' defence. Making up for blatantly handling in the area which lead to his side conceding, Anthony Martial capitalized on United's impressive link-up play down the right flank to escape his maker and fire a solid header into the bottom left hand corner.
Louis van Gaal's men dominated possession and vastly improved in the second half but despite that, goalkeeper David De Gea was made to work throughout the first 45 minutes and a draw is probably a fair result given the balance of the match and each side's chances to win.
Atlético Madrid 4-0 Astana
Atlético Madrid trounced Astana with a convincing four-goal victory in front of their raucous home support at the Vicente Calderon.
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Around six minutes later, Jackson Martínez doubled the hosts lead as his shot was deflected on the way to goal after collecting it from a cross and holding it up well.
In the 89th minute, Atletico got their fourth - but it wasn't through Fernando Torres who was denied of a 100th goal for the club. Juanfran was free in space down the right to cross it towards Torres but it was intercepted by Dedechko who directed it towards his own goal to end the miserable evening for the visitors but make things that little sweeter for Atletico - the ultimate victors.
Wolfsburg 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
Wolfsburg got their second win in the group as they dominated PSV Eindhoven and took two goals in Germany thanks to Dost and Kruse getting on target.
Jeroen Zoet wasn't at fault for the second either - he made another great save to thwart Draxler but Caligiuri got there first to cross into Max Kruse who doubled the lead for the Germans.
Football's richest finish up empty
Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Real Madrid
Football's very richest played to a draw at the Parc des Princes as a injury-stricken Real Madrid could not threaten Paris Saint-Germain along with holding them off well to see both teams out for a point.
What began with a optimistic and strong showing from the Parisiens would eventually recede into Real Madrid sustaining control. In the middle of the park the French champions began to lose their physicality as more and more chances came in favour of Los Blancos.
Monchengladbach hold Juve
Juventus 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Juventus were held to a goalless draw by Borussia Monchengladbach as they were stopped short of continuing their perfect record in the Champions League.
They would test their opposition further in the second with Pogba being stopped not once, but twice by Sommer before time winded down and Allegri's men finished frustrated, although not too harmed with another point to their collection.
The rest of the action
Galatasaray 2-1 Benfica: Galatasaray found their first Champions League win since December 2013 as they came from a goal behind to defeat Benfica. Gaitan scored the fastest goal of the season in the Champions League to spell trouble early for the Turks but a penalty from Selcuk gave them a lifeline. By half-an-hour, Lukas Podolski had put them inf ront, breaking into space and putting it past Cesar to give them a lead they'd hold for the rest of the match.
A last word on the night's football
Kevin De Bruyne's last-gasp winner is certainly the moment of the night, and it's something which could define Manchester City's Champions League campaign while Sevilla's hearts are crushed late on after a strong effort of resistance at the Etihad.
The Spaniards were flying when Konoplyanka found the lead, but when the Citizens soon equalised it was clear what they needed to do: Hold on. They did, until a swift counter, when their legs were gone, and Toure surged through to set up the Belgian maestro to sweep into the far corner.
Meanwhile for their cross-city rivals Manchester, it was a far different story. Even though Martial delivered a joyous moment with his equaliser in the Russian capital, it was still a tough evening for Manchester United who lacked a killer instinct in their outing.
There's no shadowing the fact that the headline clash of the evening underwhelmed. PSG and Real Madrid had stars—and for Los Blancos they were depleted with a handful of injuries—but the game could have offered so much more. PSG will be disappointed in how they didn't really hold their own and had it been for some more clinical finishing and less resolute defending they wouldn't have taken anything from the game.
Atleti were a class apart with their demolition of Astana while Wolfsburg could have grabbed a number of more goals in their win over PSV. After three weeks in the Champions League, business has picked up.
Roll on the next three weeks—we're certainly in the thick of the competition!