Ronaldo fires blank




ronaldo banned.As Atletico records massive win


UEFA champions league favourites, Real Madrid, failed last night to record a win in Paris against PSG in a game that ended goalless. The encounter was one in which Madrid’s hit­man Ronaldo was not given any room to do maximum dam­age as he was policed all through by PSG’s defence strongman, Serge Aurier.

While Real failed to win away, their city ri­vals, Atletico Madrid went goalwire at home as they beat FC Astana 4-0. Saul Niguez opened scoring for Atletico in the 23rd minute. Jack­son Martinez and Oliver Toress increased the tal­ly in the 29th and 63rd minute only for Astana’s Denys Dedechko to score an own goal with just a minute left of play.

In Manchester, Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant stoppage-time strike sealed a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for Manchester City against Sevilla , as the Premier League leaders moved to within a point of Group leaders Juven­tus.

The Europa League holders frustrated and stiffled the hosts inititial­ly, with summer signing Yevhen Konoplyanka opening the scoring on the half-hour mark, step­ping onto a pull-back and rifling the ball past Joe Hart.

City refused to let their heads drop, though, and drew level within min­utes as the match be­came even more frantic and end-to-end; superb work from Yaya Toure prompted a goal mouth scramble, with Wilfried Bony’s slash at the ball deflecting off defender Adil Rami and into the back of the net.

The match appeared to be heading for a draw until De Bruyne stepped up to show why City coughed out £55 million on him, collect­ing the ball down the right flank and steering a venomous left-footed shot into the bottom corner to seal a dramat­ic victory.

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