Mario Balotelli converted a 90th minute penalty to help Manchester City salvage a one all draw against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in their second Group D match of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The German side took the lead when Marco Reus pounced on a poor cross-field pass from City substitute Jack Rodwell to race clear and finish past City keeper Joe Hart on 61 minutes. City and their fans breathed a sigh of relief when Sergio Aguero struck the ball against the arm of Neven Subotic and referee Pavel Kralovec pointed to the spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo notched a hat-trick in the Netherlands as nine-times champions Real Madrid consolidated top spot with a convincing 4-1 win over Ajax. The perfect tune-up ahead of Sunday’s classico with arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga.
Columbian international James Rodríguez scored with five minutes remaining to hand FC Porto a one nil home win over Paris Saint Germain – the Portuguese Champions now have maximum points in Group A after two rounds. Elsewhere in the group Dynamo Kiev beat Dinamo Zagreb two nil at the Olympic Stadium.
Arsenal put themselves in pole position to reach the knockout stages following a 3-1 home victory over Olympiakos in Group B. Gervinho, Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey all on target for the Gunners. Also in Group B French champions Montpellier needed a Souleymane Camara 90th-minute goal to snatch a 2-2 draw at Schalke.
A late own goal helped Seven-times European champions AC Milan beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 in Russia – Urby Emanuelson and Stephan El Shaarawy scored for the Italians before Tomas Hubocan deflected into his own goal to hand Milan the three points in Group C. In the other group game Eliseu scored twice to help Malaga to a 3-0 win over Anderlecht.