Champions League round-up: Gareth Bale provides assist as Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick for Real Madrid
A look around the rest of the action in Europe
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo continued to assert himself as Real Madrid's top man, scoring a hat-trick in Turkey last night as they thrashed Galatasaray 6-1. New signing Gareth Bale had to be content with a place on the bench, coming on in the 65th minute to set up Ronaldo's second, with Karim Benzema also scoring twice.
Elsewhere in Group B, Juventus came from behind to draw 1-1 in Copenhagen, Fabio Quagliarella equalising Nicolai Jorgensen's opener. Shakhtar surprised Real Sociedad 2-0 in Manchester United's Group A, while holders Bayern Munich matched Manchester City in Group D, easing past CSKA Moscow 3-0 at the Allianz Arena. Paris Saint-Germain swept to a 4-1 victory in Olympiakos, with Benfica joining them at the top after a 2-0 win over Anderlecht.
Latest in Sport
2014 World Cup draw: Roy Hodgson raises possibility of England switching base away from Rio de Janeiro
Liverpool 5 Norwich 1: Brendan Rodgers takes a swipe at Arsenal by claiming Luis Suarez is now worth '£40m and two pounds'
Transfer news: Manchester United's ambitious transfer plans at risk from possible failure to qualify for Champions League
World Cup draw 2014: England drawn with holders Spain in official Group Stage rehearsal
Manchester City sign the 'new Lionel Messi' Brahim Abdelkader, and in doing so put one over Barcelona
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 4 Australian ultra-nationalist politician Stephanie Banister in car crash immigration TV interview
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail