LONDON (AP) — It doesn’t appear to matter which shirt Robert Lewandowski is sporting — Bayern Munich simply retains getting the higher of Barcelona both approach.
Bayern prolonged its latest dominance over the Spanish large with a 2-0 win within the Champions League on Tuesday to point out it could actually cope fairly properly with out Lewandowski, who left to affix Barcelona within the offseason.
It began out as a pleasant homecoming as Lewandowski walked down the acquainted steps of the Allianz Area gamers’ tunnel earlier than kickoff, hugging each considered one of his former teammates alongside the way in which.
Bayern’s gamers didn’t prolong the identical stage of hospitality as soon as the sport began.
After Lewandowski missed a number of good probabilities to attain within the first half, Lucas Hernández and Leroy Sané scored inside a five-minute span within the second as Bayern took management of Group C with two wins in two video games.
Sporting Lisbon additionally moved to 6 factors in Group D after netting two late targets to beat Tottenham 2-0 at house. The opposite group sport between Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt was marred by fan disturbances earlier than kickoff, forcing riot police to intervene when opposing supporters launched flares and fireworks at one another. Frankfurt received the sport 1-0 due to a first-half aim from Jesper Lindstrøm.
Liverpool wanted an 89th-minute aim to get its first win of the European marketing campaign. Joel Matip headed house a nook to present final 12 months’s runner-up a 2-1 house win over Ajax, bouncing again from a 4-1 loss to Napoli within the opening spherical. Napoli’s sport at Rangers was postponed till Wednesday due to restricted police assets in Scotland following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.
A interval of silence was held earlier than Liverpool’s sport, whereas Bayern followers confirmed their displeasure with UEFA permitting the British monarch’s demise to disrupt the schedule by holding up a banner studying: “Final minute match delays and bans due to a royal’s demise? Respect followers!”
SAME OLD BAYERN
After dropping 3-0 to Bayern in each group conferences final season — and with the 8-2 drubbing within the 2020 quarterfinals nonetheless contemporary in reminiscence — there was hope amongst Barcelona followers that issues could be completely different with Lewandowski on their aspect.
As a substitute it was simply extra of the identical.
After the Poland striker was uncharacteristically wasteful within the first half, Hernandez did his finest Lewandowski impression when the defender popped up on the close to put up to go house a nook within the fiftieth minute. It was the type of aim his former teammate scored so a lot of throughout his Bayern profession, when he netted 344 in eight years.
Sane then pulled off an important solo effort for the second simply 4 minutes later, bursting into the world and rolling a peaceful end contained in the far put up.
Within the different Group C sport, Edin Džeko obtained the higher of Viktoria Plzeň once more.
Džeko had one aim and an help as Inter Milan beat the Czech membership 2-0 within the different Group C sport. The Bosnia worldwide now has 10 targets in 9 matches towards Plzeň, and 9 within the final six.
Plzeň was lowered to 10 males within the sixtieth minute, with the rating 1-0, when midfielder Pavel Bucha was proven a crimson card after a VAR evaluation of his foul on Nicolò Barella.
LIVERPOOL LEAVES IT LATE
Liverpool obtained the win it so badly wanted, however it was one other efficiency that highlighted that Jurgen Klopp’s staff is not the high-scoring machine it as soon as was.
Liverpool struggled to transform its possession into targets within the second half after which wanted assistance from goal-line expertise to point out that Matip’s late header crossed the road earlier than cleared by a defender.
Mohamed Salah had earlier ended his run of seven Champions League video games with out a aim by placing the staff forward within the seventeenth, however Mohammed Kudus equalized when he created area within the space earlier than smashing an unstoppable shot in off the underside of the crossbar within the twenty seventh.
Klopp had urged Liverpool followers to point out respect through the tribute to the queen, who died final week on the age of 96, after a number of the membership’s supporters booed the nationwide anthem forward of the FA Cup last final season. And the interval of silence was respectfully noticed, apart from just a few random shouts that had been shortly hushed.
Tottenham had not misplaced a sport in any competitors this season earlier than a pair of Sporting substitutes ended that unbeaten run.
Paulinho glanced in a header from a nook within the ninetieth minute and Arthur Gomes added the second within the third minute of stoppage time when he minimize in from the left wing, darted between two Tottenham defenders and shot between the legs of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The Portuguese staff had spent many of the sport underneath strain and seeking to hit Tottenham on the counterattack.
In Marseille, Lindstrøm took benefit of a defensive error within the forty third minute to attain the winner for Frankfurt. Tottenham and Frankfurt have three factors, with Marseille final on zero.
BRUGGE CONTINUES TO SURPRISE
Group B is throwing up some shocking outcomes to date, with Membership Brugge atop the standings after routing Porto 4-0 away for its second straight win.
Ahead Ferran Jutgla had a aim and an help for Brugge, which noticed 4 completely different gamers rating. It was Porto’s fourth straight loss within the Champions League going again to final season.
Struggling Bayer Leverkusen upset Atlético Madrid 2-0 for simply its second win of the season after six defeats in eight video games throughout all competitions. Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby scored late for the German staff.