After the Champions League paused to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, defending champion Bayern Munich and Manchester City received on Wednesday to advance to the knockout rounds.
The Argentina nice’s dying was introduced two hours earlier than the primary video games kicked off. A minute’s silence was noticed by gamers earlier than every of the eight video games, which have been all performed in empty stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern’s 3-1 win over Salzburg included Robert Lewandowski’s 71st Champions League aim, tied for third all-time with Real Madrid nice Raul.
Liverpool wasted the possibility to hitch them, because the 2019 champion conceded its first targets on this season’s competitors to lose 2-Zero at dwelling in opposition to Atalanta.
Eden Hazard’s seventh-minute penalty in a 2-Zero win at Inter Milan helped guarantee Real Madrid is again on observe after a shaky begin to the marketing campaign. Inter is final in group B and dealing with elimination.
Marseille, the 1993 European champion, and debutant Midtjylland can’t advance after dropping their fourth straight video games, in opposition to Porto and Ajax, respectively.
Bayern extends streak
Bayern’s victory was its 15th straight within the Champions League courting to the beginning of final season.
Lewandowski opened the scoring within the 43rd, selecting up the rebound when Thomas Muller’s shot was saved. The Poland captain now trails solely Cristiano Ronaldo’s 131 Champions League targets and Lionel Messi on 118.
After profitable 6-2 at Salzburg three weeks in the past, Bayern gave a Champions League debut to 20-year-old American defender Chris Richards and a primary European begin to Spanish midfielder Marc Roca.
Roca was despatched off with the rating at 2-Zero although Leroy Sane quickly prolonged the lead with a hovering header.
Bayern’s most 12 factors in Group A is seven away from Atletico Madrid, which was held 0-Zero at dwelling to Lokomotiv Moscow.
Liverpool dusted by Atalanta
Liverpool cruised to a 5-Zero win at Atalanta three weeks in the past, and had by no means misplaced a Champions League group-stage recreation at dwelling underneath coach Jurgen Klopp.
Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored the targets early within the second half, to earn three factors that assist Atalanta hold tempo with Ajax behind Group D chief Liverpool.
Ajax’s first aim in a 3-1 win over Midtjylland got here from 18-year-old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch’s curling shot that went in off the underside of the bar.
Ajax visits Anfield subsequent Tuesday for the primary time because the 1966-67 European Cup.
Madrid wins in Milan
Real Madrid’s back-to-back wins over Inter Milan have repaired the harm of a shock opening loss at dwelling to Shakhtar Donetsk final month.
A 2-Zero win at San Siro was additionally the primary time Madrid had crushed both Inter or AC Milan on the iconic stadium, although coach Zinedine Zidane’s staff did win the 2016 ultimate there in opposition to metropolis rival Atletico.
Hazard’s early penalty was his first aim within the Champions League for 3 years, and Rodrygo’s second-half header secured the factors.
Inter performed many of the recreation with 10 males after Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal was despatched off. Vidal was proven two yellow playing cards inside seconds when berating referee Anthony Taylor for a penalty kick not being awarded.
Madrid nonetheless trails Group B chief Borussia Monchengladbach by one level, after the German aspect cruised to a 4-Zero win over Shakhtar. Inter, although, is six factors behind Gladbach with two video games to go.
Borussia’s standout aim was its third, an overhead kick by Switzerland ahead Breel Embolo.
Denied common enjoying time within the Premier League, 20-year-old Phil Foden made use of a begin from coach Pep Guardiola to attain within the 36th and seal Manchester City’s 1-Zero win at Olympiakos.
City has an ideal four-win document to advance to the knockout rounds for an eighth straight season, and can possible be joined by Porto.
The two-time European champion received 2-Zero at Marseille which slumped to a 13th straight loss within the competitors courting again to the 2011-12 season.
Porto is six factors away from third-place Olympiakos with two rounds left.