The large boys acquired what they needed in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League motion.
Whether or not comfortably and reassuringly, like Liverpool and Man Metropolis, or with a bit little bit of nerves (See: Madrid, Actual and Munich, Bayern) there have been few surprises on Matchday 3 of the 2020-21 group stage.
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Right here’s a wrap-up of a 35-goal day within the UCL.
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Atleti, in some methods, acquired Atleti’d.
Jose Gimenez’s 18th-minute objective supplied a lead that lasted simply 5 minutes, as Lokomotiv snagged a penalty by Anton Miranchuk after which held on for expensive life.
Atleti had all the ball and a 14-4 edge in pictures however didn’t manufacture one other huge likelihood and did not put the Russians far of their rearview.
Pink Bull Salzburg 2-6 Bayern Munich
Don’t let the scoreline idiot you; This match was a couple of Salzburg facet crumbling a bit when a historic level got here off the board.
Jesse Marsch’s males led after 4 minutes by Mergim Berisha and didn’t disintegrate when Bayern made it 2-1 by halftime.
Masaya Okugawa scored a minute after coming into the sport to make it degree within the 66th, however Jerome Boateng’s crushing header 13 minutes later opened the floodgates as Bayern scored thrice from the 83rd into stoppage time.
The reigning champs are 3-0 and have one foot within the knockout rounds.
Actual Madrid 3-2 Inter Milan
This was one.
Rodrygo’s Eightieth-minute lightning bolt helped Actual Madrid rescue three obligatory factors after La Liga’s champions blew a 2-0 lead at house to Antonio Conte’s Inter.
Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put Actual up 2-0 by the thirty third, however Lautaro Martinez scored earlier than halftime and arrange Ivan Perisic within the 68th to place the end result again within the stability.
When Ramos labels a gaggle stage affair a “life or loss of life match” — even within the consolation of a post-match win — it’s a secure guess the opponent will probably be nursing some wounds
“It’s important to go away like this, it was a closing, a life or loss of life match. If you see that they equalise, you must play it, go upstairs … We guess on a card and it went nicely.” (BBC)
Actual’s 4 factors are two forward of Inter and degree with Shakhtar Donetsk, which implies we now have a brand new group chief.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-6 Borussia Monchengladbach
Alassane Plea had three objectives and an help as Gladbach battered their hosts within the rudest of fashions.
It was 4-0 at halftime and Gladbach put 10 of its 20 pictures on body, conceding simply 4 makes an attempt to the house workforce.
Lars Stindl had a objective and an help and Ramy Bensebaini additionally scored as Gladbach will look to the house leg to, maybe, put one leg within the knockout rounds.
Man Metropolis 3-0 Olympiacos — RECAP
Kevin De Bruyne cued up objectives for Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus and Felix Nmecha arrange Joao Cancelo late to maintain Metropolis good within the group.
Pep Guardiola used John Stones and Nathan Ake at middle again and solely known as up Rodri for the ultimate 20 minutes, with the Spaniard becoming a member of Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias in being rested for Liverpool.
Porto 3-0 Marseille
Dimitri Payet badly missed a Tenth-minute penalty that might’ve tied the match at 1, and Porto acquired two assists from Mexico’s Jesus Corona in an enormous win for the Portuguese facet.
What a nightmare for the Ligue 1 guests, who many anticipated to assert second and now see an 0-3 report after three match days.
Tecatito’s second help was good, seen and raised by Luis Diaz’s even nicer end.
Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool — RECAP
Diogo Jota scored thrice and was joined on the rating sheet by Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as Liverpool bashed Atalanta, retaining the Italian facet off the scoreboard for the primary time since Aug. 1.
That got here with some key saves from Alisson Becker, however Rhys Williams and Joe Gomez will develop in confidence forward of Man Metropolis this weekend.
Midtjylland 1-2 Ajax
The entire objectives got here within the first 18 minutes, as Dusan Tadic scored and arrange one other to place Ajax on the board.
Anders Dreyer answered for the Danish hosts, who took 9 of the match’s 14 pictures, however the comeback was to not be and Midtjylland is now 4 factors again of second and third.
Bizarre little uncommon play right here.
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