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Champions League: No joy for Chelsea or Man City

Schalke 04 held Chelsea 1-1 while Man City suffered a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas takes a shot during a Uefa Champions League game against Schalke 04 on 17 September 2014. Picture: Official Chelsea Facebook page.

LONDON - Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season.

After Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with his first goal for the club after 11 minutes, it seemed the floodgates would open and Chelsea, who have scored 15 goals in a perfect start to the Premier League, would run out easy winners.

They wasted chance after chance, however, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised after a rapid Schalke counter-attack in the 62nd minute to leave the home side frustrated.

With Maribor drawing 1-1 with Sporting Lisbon in the other game in the group, the result is unlikely to have a major impact on the way the rest of the stage pans out.

MAN CITY LOSE

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng returned to haunt his former club with a last-gasp goal that secured a 1-0 win over English title holders Manchester City in their opening Group E clash.

Boateng, who joined Bayern from City in 2011, broke the deadlock in Munich with a powerful shot after the Germans controlled the game, but could not find a way past visiting keeper Joe Hart, who made several superb saves, until the 90th minute.

"I think we had a lot of chances, we wasted many, but we believed until the end," Germany international Boateng told reporters. "The ball came perfectly and I just drilled it in...

"We deserved to win, although City made a good game but it was us who had the chances and it is extremely important to start off with a win."

BARCA WIN

An under-strength Barcelona got their Champions League campaign off to a solid if unspectacular start when Gerard Pique's header secured a laboured 1-0 win at home to APOEL in their Group F opener.

Barca predictably dominated their Cypriot visitors at the Nou Camp and, after waves of attacks, eventually found a breakthrough when Pique headed Lionel Messi's free kick into the bottom corner of the net in the 28th minute.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS:

Group E

Bayern Munich 1-0 Man City

Roma 5-1 CSKA Moscow

Group F

Ajax 1-1 PSG

Barcelona 1-0 Apoel Nicosia

Group G

Chelsea 1-1 FC Schalke 04

NK Maribor 1-1 Sporting Lisbon

Group H

Athletico Bilbao 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

FC Porto 6-0 BATE Borisov

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