Cristiano Ronaldo struck a last-minute winner as Real Madrid beat Manchester City 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League clash that saw all the goals come in a nerve-wracking final 22 minutes.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was belligerent as he performed an enthusiastic celebration on Ronaldo’s winner especially after recent press criticism of his team.
“I thought about all the match reports that the journalists would have to delete after the result,” said Mourinho. “We were lacking in confidence and in the circumstances it was difficult to play any better than we did. We have won back our DNA, we’ve got three points, our last game in this phase is at home and we have a good chance of qualifying from a difficult group.”
City coach Roberto Mancini was pragmatic about the defeat.
“It is difficult to take, not the way we lost but because we went 2-1 up,” said Mancini. “I don’t want to continue to defend like how we did in the last four minutes.”
Arsenal relieved over difficult win
Arsenal came from behind to win 2-1 in an end-to-end game at Champions League debutants Montpellier, as Arsene Wenger’s side made a winning start to their Group B campaign.
Remy Cabella hit the bar for Montpellier, who gave Arsenal several uneasy moments, and despite the result, the hosts’ display belied a difficult start to their Ligue 1 title defence that has seen them beaten three times already.
“We were a bit timid in the first half, but in the second half we were exemplary in terms of our desire and engagement, and we created a few opportunities as well,” said Montpellier coach Rene Girard. “But at this level, in the Champions League and against opposition of this quality, you don’t get second chances.”
PSG showcase skilled performance
Paris Saint German Coach Carlos Ancelotti who has two wins to his credit as coach believed that the game was good not just because of the result, but the performance displayed was excellent for the squad’s confidence.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side ruthlessly dismissed Dynamo Kiev 4-1 for their first Champions League game in eight years.
Updated at: 06 December 2013
Pak cricket team to spend the day practicing in Sharjah today SHARJAH: Pakistan cricket team arrived a day ahead of its one T20 match against Afghanistan and later series against Sri Lanka to spend the day (Friday) practicing at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Geo News reported
The national team’s T20 Captain, Mohammad Hafeez, who had stayed behind for some personal reason, also left for Dubai today.
The national team will play a one off match against Afghanistan with T20 format on 8th December (Sunday), while it will spend the day (Friday) practicing ...
Updated at: 06 December 2013
The wait is over: Pakistan Idol begins Friday KARACHI: The wait is finally over, as Pakistan Idol, the country’s biggest musical contest, is all set to begin from Friday night on Geo TV.
The first episode of the country’s biggest musical hunt will be telecast at 9 PM Friday.
The panel of judges will comprise renowned artists Ali Azmat, Hadiqa Kiyani and Bushra Ansari. ...
Nelson Mandela was indeed a great leader: Altaf LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid, Altaf Hussain Friday, expressing his grief and sorrow over the demise of the founder of African National Congress, former president of South Africa and a great leader, Nelson Mandela, said that he was indeed a great leader, Geo News reported.
In a ... Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed being remembered today Lahore: Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, who was awarded Pakistan’s highest
military decoration, is being remembered today (Friday) on his 23th martyrdom anniversary.
Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed was also an elder brother of chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
Major General Sajjad Ali ... LB polls: electioneering ends in Balochistan, polling on Saturday QUETTA: Election campaign for local bodies elections ended at 12:00 midnight today and the polling will be held on Saturday.
All arrangements have been completed for LB elections 2013 scheduled to be held on Dec 07.
There are 3.2 million registered voters who would cast their votes for 4350 ... Imran says we do not want war with US ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak and other leaders including Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sheeri Mazari on Thursday attended the reception hosted in honour of Nato ambassadors, Geo News reported.
According to sources, ... Courts to perform much better for rule of law after my retirement: CJ ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed hope that after his retirement on December 11, the courts would perform much better for the rule of law and supremacy of constitution, Geo News reported.
The chief justice was addressing the participants of farewell dinner, hosted ...