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Man City crumble


LONDON – Joe Hart’s poor form continued as Manchester City’s England goalkeeper suffered a nightmare in a comprehensive Champions League 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich at Etihad Stadium this evening.

First he fumbled Franck Ribery’s long-range effort into the net as the holders took an early lead, then he was too easily beaten at his near post after the break as Arjen Robben wrapped up a thoroughly deserved win for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Thomas Muller scored Bayern’s second in between Hart’s errors and a fine late strike from City substitute Alvaro Negredo could not put any gloss on a wretched night for Manuel Pellegrini and his team.

Former City defender Jerome Boateng was sent off for hauling down Yaya Toure as the hosts mounted a late rally of sorts, but there was little by way of consolation to be salvaged from this experience.

And after a display that only underlined the decline in his performances, much of the spotlight will be on Hart, who is simply making too many mistakes for the comfort of club and country.

Pellegrini’s predecessor Roberto Mancini was running short of patience with Hart before his sacking and the Italian’s departure has not inspired any visible upturn in form.

Meanwhile Brazilian striker Taison denied Manchester United their second Champions League win with a second-half equaliser for Shakhtar Donetsk at the Dombass Arena in the Ukraine.

United took the lead early in the first half when Danny Welbeck poked in from Marouane Fellaini’s low ball.

The equaliser came 14 minutes from time when Nemanja Vidic failed to clear Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s cross, allowing Taison to pounce and fire home.

David De Gea produced a great save late on to stop Taison scoring the winner.

The result means United still lead Group A with four points and on goal difference from Shakhtar with Bayer Leverkusen third following their 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria each scored twice in an impressive 4-0 Champions League victory over FC Copenhagen that saw Real Madrid take control of Group B.

The Portugal forward grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Galatasaray on the opening night and needed little persuading to add two more goals to his tally at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He gave the Primera Division club an early lead with a firm header but, after he doubled the advantage from a spellbinding Di Maria cross midway through the second half, his Argentinian team-mate arguably stole the show with a classy brace of his own to settle the tie.

Other results today: Bayer Leverkusen 2, Real Sociedad 1; Juventus 2, Galatasaray 2; CSKA Moscow 3, Viktoria Pizen 2; Olympiakos 3, RSC Anderlecht 0; Paris Saint Germain 3, Benfica 0.

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