What the papers say
A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of Wednesday's press.
DAILY MIRROR: Cristiano Ronaldo broke City hearts with a stunning late Champions League winner. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has condemned Manchester United fans for taunting Liverpool.
DAILY STAR: Cristiano Ronaldo broke Manchester City hearts in the Bernabeu last night. Also: Arsene Wenger watched from the stands as Arsenal kicked off their Champions League campaign with victory in France.
THE SUN: Manchester City imploded at the Bernabeu last night to leave Joe Hart admitting: We blew it. Also: Lukas Podolski helped Arsenal get off to a Champions League flier and said: "That was a vital win."
DAILY EXPRESS: Cristiano Ronaldo broke Manchester City's hearts after they had looked set for a stunning win in the Bernabeu. Also: Arsenal came from behind to show they can cope without manager Arsene Wenger in Europe.
DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini accused his Manchester City team of lacking courage as they conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 to Real Madrid on a thrilling Champions League night in the Bernabeu. Also: Olivier Giroud's wait for his first Arsenal goal continues, but it was a satisfactory visit to the striker's old hunting ground with his new club last night.
THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho ended this breathless contest on his knees with a sliding turf-surfing celebration that was fuelled by relief as much as joy. Also: Kevin Pietersen admitted to being "disappointed" after being left out of England's Test squad to tour India later this year.
THE INDEPENDENT: When Jose Mourinho slides on his knees on the turf in celebration at winning a game, and the season is still only in September, it is fair to say that we have witnessed the kind of match that any in the next eight months will struggle to better. Also: Arsenal's record of never having lost a tie away to a French team survived a lively night against a club playing their first European Cup tie who deserved a draw from it.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Cristiano Ronaldo, the self-styled "sad" man, sent a wave of joy flooding through the Real Madrid support with a spectacular late winner to decide an utterly mesmerising game of football. Also: Photographs of Chelsea players kissing the Champions League trophy inevitably plaster the walls around Stamford Bridge after their memorable victory in Munich last May.
THE TIMES: Manchester City were given a harsh lesson at the Bernabeu last night as Real Madrid twice came from behind to claim a dramatic last-minute victory on an enthralling evening in the Spanish capital. Also: Manchester United's latest accounts published yesterday underlined the financial impact of the club's premature exit from the Champions League last season but Sir Alex Ferguson did not need any figures to remind him of how costly an experience that was.