Bale blow for real

Wales star's injury overshadows Ronaldo's feat of becoming all-time top scorer

CALF INJURY: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (in white) could potentially miss out on sealing Wales' Euro 2016 qualification when they travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina before hosting Andorra next month.
NO STOPPING HIM: Cristiano Ronaldo's (in white) hat-trick against Shakhtar brings his all-time Champions League goals tally to 80.
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Small crowd riles Wolfsburg director Allofs

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Strikers must shape up

But Pellegrini refuses to blame Sterling, who wastes two good chances

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Five reasons Man City lost to Juventus

MISFIRING: Wilfried Bony (right) fails to rise to the occasion.



(Giorgio Chiellini 57-og)


(Mario Mandzukic 70, Alvaro Morata 81)

1. Pogba outshines Toure
Sparks were expected when two of the world's best midfielders collided.

It turned out to be a no-contest, as Juventus' Paul Pogba showed why he's touted as a potential successor to City's Yaya Toure.

The £60m-rated ($129.8m) Frenchman's all-action display demonstrated just why City dangled a carrot in Juventus' direction during the summer, as well as why the Serie A club refused to bite.

Elegant and powerful at the same time, he looked eerily like a Toure in his prime.

That's not to say that the Ivorian is past his best.

It's just puzzling why he doesn't perform as well on the Champions League stage as he does in the English Premiership.

Pogba's highlight of the game came in the 70th minute, when he floated in a deep, laser-guided cross for Mario Mandzukic to net the visitors' equaliser.

MIDFIELD MONSTER: Paul Pogba (in black, getting the better of Yaya Toure) played more passes than any other Juventus player (50) and made more tackles (71) than anyone else. He also provided the assist for the Italian side’s equaliser.

2. The Gianluigi Buffon show

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed Buffon as "the best goalkeeper in the history of football".

After a performance like this, it's understandable that managers get carried away, but Allegri had good reason to.

Buffon was called into action soon after kick-off when Raheem Sterling found himself free near the six-yard box, but the 37-year-old saved brilliantly with his leg.

Then came the double-save close to the hour-mark.

Again, it was Sterling with an effort from an almost-similar position, but again Buffon blocked the goal attempt, and then reacted superbly to stop David Silva's follow-up shot.

Sure, his teammates Alvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic might have scored two beautiful goals, but the veteran goalkeeper provided the foundation for Juventus' win.

3. Bony is no Aguero

With hotshot Sergio Aguero missing from the starting line-up because of injury, City were counting on £28m Wilfried Bony to lead the line and, more importantly, rise to the occasion.

After this performance, City manager Manuel Pellegrini may need someone to ask him again what convinced him to fork out the money.

Bony's best chance to score his first goal of the season came in the 32nd minute, when he beat his marker and found himself with time and space at the edge of the penalty box.

He had the options of either going for power or placement. In the end, he chose neither, instead connecting with the ball with the outside of his boot to wildly send the ball into the sky.

The pressure is now on the Ivorian to prove to Pellegrini that he deserves another chance.

4. Raheem not so Sterling

Pellegrini refused to blame Sterling for the loss, despite the former Liverpool player missing two gilt-edged chances.

"I don't think this result is only Raheem," he said, defending the 20-year-old.

Then again, he should already know what he was getting when he paid £44m for the attacker, because finishing is not exactly his strong suit.

Yet, the fact that those were costly misses at crucial junctures would not be lost on the Chilean.

The first chance in the second minute could have killed Juventus' spirit early on, while the second, in the 59th minute, would have made it 2-0 in City's favour.

5. Pellegrini must deliver or else...

Again, the Citizens were found wanting on the biggest stage.

Their last four Champions League campaigns have resulted in two group-stage departures and two first knockout-round exits.

Yesterday morning's performance was by no means an appalling display by the hosts, and Pellegrini was probably right when he said that his team did not deserve to lose.

But it should not come as a consolation to City's fans, because it also suggests an inability, despite the quality they have, to cope with Europe's powerhouses.

City's Abu Dhabi owners are surely expecting the Citizens to challenge for the trophy this season and they will demand to see significant progress.

Pellegrini already has two full European seasons under his belt.

Considering the millions they have spent, another disappointing campaign in the Champions League may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

United win passing battle but lose war against PSV

Jury's still out on United becoming a force in Europe again

CLOSE: Man United's Anthony Martial (above) can't hide his dejection as another goalscoring chance is wasted.

Doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results; Manchester United's philosophy embodies Albert Einstein's definition of insanity.

Their return to the Champions League mirrored an imperfect start to the English Premier League season, writes Richard Buxton.

This was a game Louis van Gaal's side should have won comfortably.

Much like their previous defeat, at Swansea City, they cannot argue that ample opportunity was not afforded.

Walking into the lion's den at the Philips Stadion, where he had won only twice in 10 prior attempts with three clubs, possession continued to preoccupy the Dutchman's game plan.

United may have won the passing battle but they lost the all-important war.

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Are home prices affected by who's running the ward?

No they aren't, according to a study by property search platform

A good location, near top schools and close to an MRT station - these are some of the things that enhance the value of your property.

But will the name of the political party running the estate also affect the value?

Not according to a study by property search platform, said founder and CEO Darius Cheung.

The study that was released on Sept 8 analysed the pricing trends of both ruling party-run and opposition-run constituencies over the past nine years.

It extracted and plotted property transaction prices from Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Housing Board (HDB) data from July 2006 till June this year.

Said Mr Cheung: "There has been many discussions on this topic. So we decided to find out if this is true, and if property prices were really affected by the party in charge of the constituency. The study showed that it made no difference."

Highlighting examples of opposition-run Aljunied group representation constituency (GRC) and previously opposition-run Potong Pasir single-member constituency (SMC), the study showed that private housing prices in these two areas appreciated more than 100 per cent over the last nine years.

This is considering that in the 2011 General Election, Aljunied GRC was taken over by the Workers' Party from the People's Action Party (PAP), and Potong Pasir changed hands from the Singapore Democratic Alliance to the PAP.

By comparison, appreciation of private housing prices in PAP-run Ang Mo Kio GRC were comparable to that of Aljunied.

However, prices in West Coast GRC, which is also PAP-run, performed below the national average and property prices rose only 50 per cent in the last decade.

The study also showed that HDB property prices have appreciated by 80 to 100 per cent in all wards, regardless of the party managing the area.

Property value appreciation is largely based on the location of the property, the potential developments in the area and Government Land Sales. These factors have a greater influence on property prices, said Mr Ong Kah Seng, director of property market research company R'ST Research.

According to property analyst Nicholas Mak, property prices usually rise in tandem with the rest of the market and are not dependent on the incumbent party.

Mr Mak said: "It's hard to imagine that property prices in one area will move in the opposite direction of the rest of the market especially because of the Member of Parliament in charge. It usually isn't the case."

He added: "If everything (in an opposition ward) operates as per normal as that in a PAP-run ward, prices won't be significantly affected, whoever the MP of the ward is."

It's hard to imagine that property prices in one area will move in the opposite direction of the rest of the market especially because of the Member of Parliament in charge. 
It usually isn't the case.- Property analyst Nicholas Mak

"It’s hard to imagine that property prices in one area will move in the opposite direction of the rest of the market especially because of the Member of Parliament in charge. It usually isn’t the case."

— Property analyst Nicholas Mak

'We just came for fun'

'Red Shirt' rally in KL draws 45,000, but not all participants aware of reasons

RED SEA: While the crowd was generally peaceful, several participants got violent, like this man who threw a traffic cone at riot police (inset).
Stand-off: (above) riot police protect the entrance to chinatown after about 800 protesters tried to force their way through. (Above, right) participants turned up from nearby states such as perak and pahang in vans, buses and motorcycles.
RED SEA: While the crowd was generally peaceful, several participants got violent, like this man who threw a traffic cone at riot police (above).
STAND-OFF: Riot police protect the entrance to Chinatown after about 800 protesters tried to force their way through. (Above) Participants turned up from nearby states such as Perak and Pahang in vans, buses and motorcycles.
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