View comments TNT drew 16 points from RR Pogoy and three more double-digit performances from Jayson Castro, Brian Heruela, and Yousef Taha.Unable to summon the form that pushed the Beermen to the limit in their past two meetings, the KaTropa could not do anything but watch the lead pile up. They trailed by as many as 26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was clear that right from the opening tip that San Miguel Beer wasn’t going to fool around in this game.Going to the strongest—and literally biggest—parts of their game, the Beermen thumped TNT with reckless abandon on Wednesday night to score a 96-86 win and tab a Final Four slot in the PBA Philippine Cup that kept dreams of a “five-peat” alive at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Begornia rallies to reach squash finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ Fajardo was perfect from the field, making all of his 11 attempts, while Standhardinger made eight of his total nine tries.“There’s only one thing that we all saw from this game: defense,” coach Leo Austria told reporters. “They were all self-motivated. They knew what to do. You could see it in their faces, their eyes that they wanted to win.”The rest of San Miguel’s cast made its presence felt on defense, clamping down on the KaTropa and holding the enemy to just 27 points for the first two quarters on the way to the easy victory that is not reflected on the final score.“This is one of the few times that we had a good start. That’s one thing we’ve been telling the team—that whenever we have a good start, everything will be fine, we sail smoothly going into the fourth quarter,” Austria said.Terrence Romeo scored 11, again coming from the bench, while Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos contributed heavily in the other statistical categories.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ June Mar Fajardo, the league’s reigning—and only—five-time Most Valuable Player, was on attack mode early and finished with numbers befitting his mammoth frame: 32 points and 14 rebounds in just over 33 minutes in leading the Beermen to marching on to the next round opposite top-ranked Phoenix Pulse.Magnolia broke away late in the third period and then fended off numerous Barangay Ginebra comebacks to prevail, 85-72, in their KO match later in the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPaul Lee fired 25 points and three more added twin figures in leading the Hotshots to a separate best-of-seven series with No. 2 Rain or Shine as Magnolia stayed in range of winning another title after ruling the Governors’ Cup last season.Christian Standhardinger, the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, tossed in 17 points in an equally highly efficient performance.
But former City defender Boateng hammered a volley into the net in the dying seconds, although his venomous strike appeared to take a deflection off Bayern’s Mario Goetze on its way in.Hart had pulled off a string of fine saves from Thomas Mueller, David Alaba, Goetze and Boateng but the Englandinternational was finally beaten as Bayern earned a deserved win in their opening Group E fixture.Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said his team had trouble coping with Manchester City midfielders Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas early on.But he was happy to see his side’s aggression and positioning improve as the game wore on.“We played well,” he said.“The first 20 minutes Manchester City were better than we were and in the last 15 minutes of the second half we dominated.“We created a lot of goal chances. It’s not easy against Manchester City. We played with a lot of heart and we really deserved the victory.”With Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini serving a touchline ban, assistant coach Ruben Cousillas insisted City could recover against Roma and CSKA Moscow in their bid to qualify for the knockout stages.“I think we played a really good game and it was also good entertainment for the public because there were two teams that tried to score goals,” Cousillas said.“Conceding such a goal in the last minute, that’s what makes it really frustrating.“It’s not good to start with a defeat but there are five games left so that means it depends on us.” Manchester City had come back from two goals down to beat Bayern 3-2 at the same venue in last season’s group stages and they started with Edin Dzeko, who has yet to score this season, leading the attack instead of Sergio Aguero.Franck Ribery missed out through injury for the home team, who gave new signing Mehdi Benatia his first start on the right side of a three-man defence.Bayern were looking to banish memories of last season’s 4-0 semi-final defeat to Real Madrid in their last Champions League match in Munich and they almost made a sensational start to the new campaign.Goetze and Robert Lewandowksi released Mueller but after rounding Hart, the German attacker shot into the side netting inside 40 seconds.Dzeko tested Manuel Neuer after a good spell of possession for the visitors but soon the home team started to make an impression at the other end.After 19 minutes Juan Bernat crossed for Mueller, whose bullet header was brilliantly turned over the bar by Hart.Dzeko curled a left-foot shot just to the right of Neuer’s goal and Boateng then cut out a dangerous Navas cross as Guardiola became increasingly animated on the sideline.Guardiola pushed David Alaba from defence into midfield and the move almost brought an immediate reward when the Austrian shot wide from distance on the half hour.A minute later, the 22-year-old came closer still. He connected on the volley from Mueller’s touch down but the strike was once again beaten away by Hart.With 19 minutes left Hart fumbled Rafinha’s shot but the City keeper recovered superbly to deny Mueller on the rebound.A Champions League game involving Manchester City looked to be set to finish scoreless for the first time when Hart turned a ferocious long-strike from Boateng behind for a corner with three minutes left.But City were struggling to clear their lines and in the final minute Boateng caught the ball sweetly on the volley to beat Hart from the left edge of the penalty area. Sergio Aguero almost snatched a late equaliser for City but Bayern got their revenge for last season’s defeat in Munich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MUNICH, September 18-A superb strike by Jerome Boateng with a minute remaining earned Bayern Munich a dramatic 1-0 victory against Manchester City in their opening Champions League game of the season on Wednesday.An inspired performance by City goalkeeper Joe Hart looked to have secured his team a point in the meeting of the English and German champions at Munich’s Allianz Arena.