United win and City lose in Champions League, Joe Canning reflects on Galway’s summer
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Rafael da Silva claps the Lyon end after his side beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty
Manchester United got their Champions League campaign off to a fine start last night, as they beat Switzerland’s Young Boys 3-0 away from home. Jose Mourinho’s side took a while to adjust to the plastic pitch at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, but after Paul Pogba grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the 35th minute, the result was never in doubt. The French midfielder followed a sublime first with a penalty on the stroke of half-time - with Anthony Martial rounding off the scoring in the second half. United top Group H on goal difference after 10-men Juventus beat Valencia 2-0 away from home, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being shown a questionable straight red card in the 29th minute. As a result, he could miss the trip to Old Trafford on October 23rd. Elsewhere there were contrasting fortunes for Manchester City as they were stunned 2-1 by Lyon. Pep Guardiola watched from the stands of a sparsely populated Etihad Stadium as his side - the bookies’ favourite to lift the European Cup - couldn’t overturn a 2-0 first-half deficit. In the night’s other games Real Madrid beat Roma 3-0 at the Bernabeu, while Bayern Munich beat Benfica 2-0 in Lisbon. Tonight the Europa League gets underway - Celtic welcome Rosenborg to Parkhead, Chelsea travel to PAOK of Greece and Arsenal face the Ukraine’s FC Vorskla at the Emirates.
Galway might have narrowly missed out on back-to-back All-Ireland hurling championships, but once again this summer Joe Canning was a force of nature - inspiring his side back to Croke Park and within a whisker of retaining Liam MacCarthy. This morning he has reflected on the summer with Seán Moran - and admits he mishit his last-minute free in the final against Limerick, which would have seen Galway claw back an eight-point deficit in injury-time. He said: “I thought myself that I should have got it. You wouldn’t go back and take a free like that if you weren’t confident that you’d do it. That ate away at me as well.”