Manchester City v Villarreal, Galati v Manchester United live

18 October 2011 08:43
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the UEFA Champions League as Manchester City host Villarreal and Manchester United travel to Galati. City will hope to kick-start their campaign in the competition after a horror night at Bayern Munich while United will aim to record their first win after successive draws. Send me your thoughts on the match at or on twitter @Ripinho.

 Champions League (7.45pm)Group A

Manchester City 2-1 Villarreal FT

Napoli 1-1 Bayern Munich FT

Group C

Basle 0-2 Benfica FT

Galati 0-2 Manchester United FT

21.46: Finally in Group D, a second half own goal from Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris as well as strikes from Sami Khedira and Sergio Ramos added to Benzema's earlier effort as Real Madrid defeated Lyon 4-0.

Derk Boerrigter and Christian Eriksen struck for Ajax as they won 2-0 at Dianmo Moscow.

21.43: City have a double bonus in that Napoli and Bayern Munich could only play out a 1-1 draw.

In United's group, Benfica held on to defeat Basle 2-0 while Inter Milan recorded a 1-0 win over Lille in Group B.

21.40: Even Mancini lost control of his emotions as he celebrates wildly with assistant Brian Kidd.

You can't blame him, that is a massive result that finally announces City in the big time and condemns Villarreal to their third straight defeat in the competition.

21.37: Full-time: Manchester City 2-1 Villarreal

21.36: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 Villarreal

How late do you want to leave it?! Zabaleta's low cross is turned in at the far post by Sergio Aguero and to say the Etihad Stadium goes bonkers is an understatement. It proves to be the last kick of the match - drama and loads of it.


Another easy decision for the referee as Wayne Rooney is tripped in the box, and he again steps up to fire his penalty into the same corner. No slip ups today.


21.33: It's a second yellow for Milan Perendija who is clearly pulling back on Javier Hernandez and can't complain about his dismissal.

21.32: RED CARD (Milan Perendija, Galati)

21.30: Around two minutes left in both games, City haven't really been able to exert the same pressure they did in the first half on Villarreal who themselves have been better value.

21.27: City fans should no better. As Borja Valero goes to take a corner he is showered by scrunched up paper balls that don't let up as he eventually takes his kick.

City were warned at half-time about items being thrown on the pitch and I wouldn't be surprised to see UEFA take further action.

21.25: Too close for comfort. Bratislav Punosevac is first to a cross and his volley just creeps past the post. Not too sure Lindegaard would have saved that had it been on target.

21.23: And a final swap for City with James Milner on for Nasri.

21.20: Fabio spares me some blushes as he is replaced by Phil Jones.

21.19: Decent chance for Dzeko who is fed in by the unusually quite Aguero before lashing his shot over the bar.

Off you go: Vidic is sent off for Manchester United

21.18: And Oscar Cardozo has shown Kolarov how it is done by doubling Benfica's lead at Basle through a sweet free-kick.

21.16: More cheers form the City fans as they think Kolarov has curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner. The truth is a little less dramatic as his effort flies just wide, hitting the hoardings and settling into the back of the net - albeit the wrong side.

21.13: A change for United as Johnny Evans comes on for Antonio Valencia. Remember me saying Fabio was crocked? Turns out he is fine after all.

21.11: Antal nearly nets a famous equaliser with a volley inside the box, but Carrick tracks back just in time to put him off into firing wide.

Breakthrough: Wayne Rooney gave United the lead from the penalty spot

21.10: It's fair to say referee Felix Brych is not having his best game tonight. Vidic is definitely late with his tackle on Gabriel Giurgiu and deserves to be booked.but a straight red card?! Seems very harsh.

At the Etihad Stadium, Rossi is booked for diving.

21.09: RED CARD (Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United)


It's madness from Sergiu Costin who blatantly handles Wayne Rooney's cross and is unsurprisingly booked. The striker steps up and sends Branko Grahovac the wrong way from the penalty spot.

21.06: PENALTY (Manchester United)

21.05: United's best chance. Nani crosses to Rooney who with his back to goal quickly turns and shoots low and wide.

Challenged: Manchester City's Samir Nasri attempts to escape the attention of Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi

21.04: Just over an hour gone and here come the big guns. De Jong is making way for Sergio Aguero who gets  a large cheer from the home fans as he takes to the turf.

21.01: It just gets worse for United. Fabio slips on the turf and looks like he has suffered an injury from it. I'm fairly certain he won't continue.

20.58: More bookings in Romania as Milan Perendija is cautioned for scything down Wayne Rooney.

20.57: City have the ball in the net through Kolarov's sweet strike inside the box, but the fans only cheer for a split second when they realise he has been flagged (correctly) offside.

20.56: Ridiculous yellow card. Michael Carrick does fantastic to track back and win the ball with a sliding tackle on Liviu Antal and looks just as stunned as I do when the referee cautions him.

20.54: Finally some adventure from Villarreal as Rossi from a tight angle does well just to force Hart into parrying across goal before his defence clear.

Back in action: Nemanja Vidic was making his first appearance for Manchester United since August

20.53: I am surprised this is the first booking but less surprised it's for Galati as Cornel Rapa is cautioned for bulldozing through a charging Nani on the wing.

20.52: Sadly it's the same story in Romania too where the host's rough tackling is stopping United from increasing the tempo of this game. No sympathy from Sir Alex Ferguson though who is getting more and more animated on the touchline.

20.50: As you were with City who remain on top. The hosts clip a ball into the centre and Dzeko beats the offside trap to hit a first time volley that is well tipped behind by Lopez.

20.48: No changes at the break as both games are back underway.

20.45: As for his team, City deserve to at least be level at the break. The goal aside, Villarreal have hardly threatened.

While in Romania, United and Galati can only improve - it's been awful.

20.42: Credit where it's due by the way. Adam Johnson, admittedly shaking his head in disbelief, went straight to the bench after being subbed and rather than throw his toys out the pram just enquired with Gael Clichy.

Having said that, God knows what is being said in that dressing room now.

20.39: While in Group D, Dinamo Zagreb are holding Ajax to a 0-0 draw and Real Madrid lead in Lyon with Karim Benzema scoring against his former side.

20.36: Elsewhere in the Champions League tonight, Benfica lead 1-0 in Basle at the break while in Group B Inter Milan are a goal up at Lille through a Giampaolo Pazzini strike.

20.33: And in carbon copy fashion Napoli have equalised at Bayern Munich with Holger Badstuber turning into his own goal. It's half time there too.

Twelfth man: Carlos Marchena (right) turns the ball into his own net to give Manchester City an equaliser

20.32: Half-time: Manchester City 1-1 Villarreal

20.31: Great chance for Dzeko to put City ahead before the break. He manages to beat the offside trap to get behind the defence but with a slight angle to goal shoots straight at Lopez.

20.30: Half-time: Galati 0-0 Manchester United

20.28: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 Villarreal

Who am I to question Roberto Mancini? Kolarov sends in a dangerous low ball into the box and under pressure from Dzeko, Carlos Marchena turns it into his own goal.

20.27: Another week another unhappy City substitution. Adam Johnson looks perplexed as he is hauled off with Gareth Barry on in his place. Five minutes until the break, I can't work that one out.

Closed down: Wayne Rooney (left) and Mancheser United struggled to break down Galati in the first half

20.25: Unlucky. Kolarov's low ball trickles across goal and Pablo Zabaleta is just too slow to keep it in at the far post.

20.23: But at least they are producing a better spectacle than Galati-United. I think I can make out a few people in the stadium getting ready to open a tin or two of Dulux.

20.20: City are struggling to break down their opponents, Edin Dzeko looking like the player he was last season he just can't get into this.

20.17: Ridiculous from Jose Catala who just after half-an-hour gone has resorted to time wasting for Villarreal. Referee Pavel Kralovec is having none of it and books him.

20.14: Meanwhile Villarreal have weathered that City storm and are starting to comfortably contain their hosts. Sergio Aguero goes for a warm up but surely the plan was not to use him before the weekend.

20.11: As United toil in Romania, Galati are starting to grow in confidence. Ioan Filip dodges two defenders before chipping just over Lindegaard's bar from the edge of the box. The Dane probably had it covered but that is as close as we have had to a chance from either side.

Balancing act: Manchester United's Michael Carrick controls the ball under pressure from Galati's Ioan Filip

20.08: And a goal in Switzerland where Benfica have taken the lead against Basle after Bruno Cesar scores his second Champions League goal in as many matches.

20.06: City getting closer. Kolarov's free-kick has Lopez panicking to tip the ball over before Nigel de Jong crashes a first time shot just wide from the following corner.

20.03: Amateur hour at the back for United as Anders Lindegaard smacks a clearance straight off Nemanja Vidic's head. The ball falls for a United player as the danger passes. Other than that not much else to speak of in Romania - dull game.

20.00: You sense it's only a matter of time before City score. They are swarming all over the Spanish side with Samir Nasri's volley flying over and Edin Dzeko's cut back just lacking a team mate to tap in. Tricky conditions in Manchester with the rain falling.

19.58: City are finally starting to settle with Aleksandar Kolarov's 25-yard effort flashing just wide of Diego Lopez's post.

19.56: United dominating possession with 66 per cent of the play in Romania but have they to seriously test the home side.

19.52: It must be a Group A thing. Bayern Munich are also in front with Toni Kroos firing past Napoli keeper Morgan De Sanctis into the bottom corner.

Shock: Cani tapped Villarreal into an early lead at Manchester City

19.50: GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 VILLARREAL

What is up with City in this competition? David Silva of all people gives the ball away and seconds later the ball is at Giuseppe Rossi's feet on the edge of the box. His shot is parried by Joe Hart but Cani is first to react to tuck home the rebound. The Etihad Stadium is stunned into silence.

19.48: No chances in either game - still in the sparring stage but both Manchester sides have started well.

19.45: Away we go then folks.

19.41: What a contrast. As the teams come out, City fans have packed out their ground with a neatly organised blue and white showing, while in Romania the stadium is barely half full and that's no exaggeration.

19.38: Interesting comments from Sir Alex Ferguson before the game who expects a few of the Romanian locals to be supporting Manchester United this evening.

19.35: Heavyweight trio David Silva, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko return for Manchester City in tonight's crucial Champions League match against Villarreal at the Etihad Stadium.

They are among five changes made by manager Roberto Mancini while Sergio Aguero, recovered from a groin injury, is handed a place on the bench.

James Milner, Gareth Barry and Micah Richards are also among the substitutes while Mario Balotelli misses out through suspension and Carlos Tevez, subject of disciplinary proceedings, remains an outcast.

New stadium: The National Arena in Romania will host Galati v Manchester United

19.32: From InfostradaLive:

Wayne Rooney needs 1 more goal to become the first Englishman to score 25 in the CL. s the record of 24 with Paul Scholes.

19.30: I have to say I'm mighty impressed with the National Arena in Bucharest, looks just as good outside as it does inside.

It only opened this year and will host the Europa League final in May.

19.27: Ahead of United's clash against Galati, Sportsmail's Chris Wheeler sheds light on how the minnows may feel the full force of a Wayne Rooney backlash after his Euro 2012 suspension.

19.22: A word of warning for those of you watching Manchester City tonight from InfostradaLive:

Villarreal met Manchester opposition on 4 previous occasions. They played #mufc in 2005-06 & 2008-09: all 4 matches ended 0-0

Put through their paces: Villarreal players train at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening

19.19: Too much United early on? Check out this piece from Sportsmail's Matt Lawton who assesses where Manchester City and Roberto Mancini have gone wrong in the competition so far.

19.14: Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium:

Man City v VillarrealMan City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Savic, Aguero, Barry, Clichy.

Villarreal: Diego Lopez, Zapata, Marchena, Rodriguez, Catala, Valero, Bruno, Perez, De Guzman, Cani, Rossi. Subs: Cesar, Musacchio, Mario, Wakaso, Bordas, Gullon, Joselu.

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)

19.09: So who are Galati? I have to admit I had not heard of them before the draw and knew little of them before today. That's why we have produced this handy guide on United's opponents this evening.

Left in the shadows: Anders Lindegaard (front) starts ahead of David De Gea (back) in goal for United

19.04: From the National Arena in Bucharest:

Otelul Galati v Man UtdOtelul Galati: Grahovac, Rapa, Perendija, Antal, Frunza, Costin, Filip, Salageanu, Neagu, Giurgiu, Punosevac. Subs: Branet, Skubic, Iorga, Ilie, Sarghi, Pena, Viglianti.]

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Fabio Da Silva, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Owen, Berbatov, Welbeck, Fletcher.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

18.59: Already one result in the Champions league this evening. CSKA Moscow have blown Group B wide open by beating Trabzonspor 3-0 and going joint top with the Turkish side. Lille host Inter in the other match in that group tonight.

18.54: WayneRooney is one of nine changes to the Manchester United starting line-upfor tonight's Champions League encounter with Galati in Bucharest.

SkipperNemanja Vidic makes his first appearance since August, whilst Anders Lindegaard takes over from David de Gea, as only Chris Smalling and Patrice Evra keep their places from the weekend draw at Liverpool.

SirAlex Ferguson packs his bench with forwards, knowing his side need a win after drawing their opening two matches in Group C, although United's opponents, without a point so far, are not expected to put up too much resistance.

18.48: Manchester City starting XI:

Hart; Zabaleta Kompany Lescott Kolarov; De Jong Yaya Toure; Johnson Silva Nasri; Dzeko.

18.45:Good evening and to start off.interesting fact No. 21: The last time Manchester United drew their opening two Champions League games they went on to win the competition. Spooky enough back in 1999 they drew thesecond of those games 3-3 against Barcelona (not as good back then) matching the result United achieved against Basle last time out.

That'snot to say we have to all go down the bookies and stick our life savings on United to lift 'Ol' Big Ears' in May, but it shows that despite making slow starts the Red Devils and Manchester City can finally get going in this competition with wins tonight - it's overdue.

Team news as soon as I get it.

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