The goal brought Bayern coach Pep Guardiola racing down the touchline to celebrate with Boateng. Barcelona and new coach Luis Enrique had a more routine night, with the Catalan side scoring in the 28th minute when defender Gerard Pique headed in Lionel Messi’s free kick. Chelsea was held 1-1 at home by Schalke after Cesc Fabregas’s 11thminute opener for the hosts.
On a bad night for eastern European champions, Roma routed CSKA Moscow 5-1 and Porto crushed BATE Borisov 6-0. CSKA face further sanctions from UEFA after thaie fans threw flares, holding up play for two minutes in the second half at the Olympic Stadium. They must already host Bayern next in an empty stadium because of fans’ racist behaviour last season.
Elsewhere, Ajax drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain, Maribor grabbed an equaliser in injury time to draw 1-1 with Sporting Lisbon and Athletic Bilbao’s game against Shakhtar Donetsk finished 0-0. Bayern’s late winner reprieved Thomas Mueller for missing the German champion’s best chance in the first minute of a lively match. Mueller wasted an open-goal chance, rounding Hart before losing balance as he shot wide of the near post.
Hart excelled in the first half pushing away Mueller’s powerful header and shots from Mario Goetze and David Alaba. The England goalie saved his best effort to deny Boateng’s long-range shot one minute before the goal came. In a strong Group E, Roma top the standings after Gervinho scored twice and another former Man City defender, Brazil’s Maicon, were on target against the Russian champion.
Barcelona head Group F after PSG failed to exploit their superiority on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to Ajax, where he made his reputation in a three-season spell a decade ago. The French champion led in the 14th when Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani pounced when Ibrahimovic’s shot was blocked on the line.
Ajax levelled with their first shot on target in the 74th as Denmark midfielder Lasse Schoene curled in a free-kick which goalie Salvatore Sirigu pushed into the net. Sirigu did better with Schoene’s next effort which he turned on to the post. Chelsea have a 100 per cent record in the Premier League and seemed to be cruising when Fabregas finished off a reverse return pass from Eden Hazard.
However, the 2012 winner paid for misses by Didier Drogba, whose penalty in the shoot-out won that final against Bayern in Munich. Schalke levelled in the 62nd when Fabregas lost the ball and a counterattack ended with Netherlands forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s goal. That left Group G all tied up after Maribor levelled in stoppage time against Sporting, through substitute Luka Zahovic.
The Portuguese visitors seemed to have won when former Manchester United winger Nani fired in a left-foot shot in the 80th. Porto winger Yacine Brahimi starred on his Champions League group-stage debut after impressing for Algeria at the World Cup. Brahimi scored a first career hattrick before being substituted to a standing ovation in a six-goal romp against the champion of Belarus.
Jackson Martinez, the Colombia forward, Adrian Lopez and Vincent Aboubakar also scored. Porto’s creativity made up for Group H rivals Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk failing to shine in their goal-less draw.