From the Back Pages, December 11: Manchester City close to turning the tables on end-of-term Bayern Munich

From the back pages
From the back pages

Well, that was unexpected. Manchester City staged a remarkable turnaround in Bavaria, not only coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich but producing a performance of great assurance at times against a Bayern team that began like aristocrats but faded terribly as City took the points to finish second on goal difference in Group D. (The Guardian)

Manchester United 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: Phil Jones on target as Red Devils return to winning ways. (The Mirror)

ITV Sport, who had first pick of England’s World Cup fixtures, have chosen their second game against Uruguay despite all the fuss around changing the kick-off time of the opening match against Italy. (Daily Mail)

Sebastian Vettel has derided Formula One’s plan to award double points at the final race of each season, describing it as “absurd” and a betrayal of Formula One’s traditions. (The Telegraph)

Cruzeiro playmaker Everton Ribeiro has told ESPN Brazil that he would be very interested in a move to Manchester United – because they are his favourite team with in play in video games. (The Independent)

Andy Murray has decided not to return from the United States, where he is undergoing rehabilitation after injury, for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards programme on Sunday. (The Times)

ALASTAIR COOK has admitted that his own lack of runs is in danger of undermining his authority as England captain. (The Express)