Francesco Totti, age 38, became the oldest person to score a goal in Champions League history on Tuesday when he put the equalizer in the Manchester City. The 1-1 draw did far more for Roma than it did for Manchester City, who now has just one point to show for its cosmopolitan spending despite enjoying over 60 percent of the possession. City had gone ahead 1-0 in the 23rd minute thanks to a Sergio Aguero strike, but could not capitalize for three points at home. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich needed a Thomas Muller penalty to knock off CSKA Moscow, though they looked good in maintaining more than three-fourths of possession — generating 21 attempts, The Germans also put eight shots on target.
Ultimately, Bayern Munich will almost certainly remain atop the group. Whether Manchester City can rebound, however, is another question. Roma currently looks like the best challenger to Bayern’s dominance. All four clubs square off next on October 21, with Roma hosting Bayern Munich in what should determine first place in the group and City traveling to Russia to face CSKA.
PREDICTED FINISH: Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow
The duel between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona lived up to its billing on Wednesday. David Luiz and Lionel Messi traded goals less than a dozen minutes into the match, but as time wore on the French squad proved to have a better nose for goal. Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi added a second and third for PSG, and a Neymar strike soon after Matuidi’s goal proved to be too little to secure a point. In Cyprus, APOEL Nicosia surprised Ajax Amsterdam in a 1-1 draw. Lucas Andersen put the visitors up early, but the Dutch side would concede a penalty four minutes later to negate the advantage. Ajax would shell APOEL goalkeeper Urko Pardo throughout the match, but they couldn’t net a winner and were forced to return home with just one point.
The PSG-Barcelona match showcased the world-class talent on both sides, and they remain atop Group F at this point. They should still be there when the dust settles at the end of the group stage, with the French side looking slightly better than the Catalans at this point. PSG head to Cyprus for the next matchday on October 21, while Barcelona face Ajax in group play for the second straight year at the Camp Nou.
PREDICTED FINISH: Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia