From the Back Pages, October 23: Impressive Ronaldo tears Liverpool apart

From the back pages
From the back pages

Liverpool suffered their heaviest home defeat in Europe as Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a victory that leaves Brendan Rodgers’s side in danger of failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. (The Times)

Balotelli to be fined for half-time shirt swap. Manager Brendan Rodgers is furious with Italian striker after he exchanged shirts with Pepe after 45 minutes. (The Telegraph)

With two minutes left, Arsenal were losing, desperately trying to keep it at 1-0 and wondering whether they would even reach the last 16 of this year’s Champions League. Moments later, they had won 2-1. It was the most unexpected comeback of the season. Some might even say it was undeserved. But goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski – their first of the season, in both cases – gave them three crucial points. (The Independent)

Manchester City will express extreme disappointment to Uefa at the governing body taking no action against CSKA Moscow, despite home fans being present in the Arena Khimki for Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw. The Premier League champions will ask that the fine paid by CSKA as part of a punishment for fans’ misconduct be used to reimburse City supporters, who lost money on the cost of the trip for the Group E match they were not allowed to attend. (The Guardian)

Mauricio Pochettino has vowed that he will deliver a trophy for Tottenham’s fans within two years. (The Mirror)

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender. (Daily Mail)

DIEGO COSTA has suffered a new injury setback for Chelsea. (The Express)