Joel Sanderson-Murray·4 October 2022
Joel Sanderson-Murray·4 October 2022
It was some night in the Champions League with goals galore, shocks and VAR drama aplenty.
Here’s what went down.
Scorers: Kudus 9′; Raspadori 18′, 47′, Di Lorenzo 33′, Zielinski 45+1′, Kvaratskhelia 63′, Simeone 81′.
Sent off: Tadić 74′.
Napoli stunned the Johan Cruijff ArenA after hitting Ajax for six.
It had started well for the Eredivisie champions when Mohammed Kudus gave them the lead inside the first ten minutes but Napoli pulled level when Giacomo Raspadori dove down to head Mathías Olivera’s cross into the bottom corner.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo rose highest to head Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s cross home to give Luciano Spalletti’s men the lead before Piotr Zieliński made it three in first half stoppage-time.
Things didn’t get much better after the break for Ajax as goalkeeper Remko Pasveer’s poor clearance being latched upon leading to Raspadori finishing from inside the box.
Kvaratskhelia got in on the act with a smart finish after playing a one-two inside the box with Raspadori before Giovanni Simeone came off the bench to round things off.
Things got worse for Ajax when they had their captain Dušan Tadić sent off 16 minutes from time.
A horrible night for Ajax while Napoli’s 100% record in the group stage continues.
Scorers: Sowah 38′, Jutgla 62′.
The Belgian champions had already put Porto and Bayer Leverkusen to the sword in their first two games and have added Diego Simeone’s side to their list of victims.
Ferran Jutgla wriggled through the Atlético defence and turned a low ball across the face of the goal for Kamal Sowah to touch home to give Brugge the lead.
Before Jutgla himself made it two in the second half after placing the ball past Jan Oblak from 15 yards out following some strong hold-up play by Tajon Buchanan.
Atlético drop to bottom of the group with three points from their first three games.
Scorers: Çalhanoğlu 45+2′.
Inter thought they had been awarded a penalty in the 24th minute after Eric García had been adjudged to have handled in the box, only for VAR to convince the referee to overturn the decision after showing that Lautaro Martínez was offside in the build-up.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu scored the only goal of the game in first half stoppage-time, drilling a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.
Pedri thought he had pulled Barcelona level before seeing the goal ruled out for a handball against Ansu Fati before slotting into an empty net after Andre Onana had missed Ousmane Dembélé’s cross into the box.
Scorers: Alexander-Arnold 7′, Salah (PEN) 53′.
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Rangers at Anfield.
Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Jürgen Klopp’s team the lead in the seventh minute with a stunning free-kick which rifled into the top corner from 30 yards.
Liverpool were then awarded a penalty when Luis Díaz was felled in the box which was dispatched down the middle by Mohamed Salah.
Scorers: Sanusi 71′, Galeno 87′.
Sent off: Frimpong 88′.
VAR also was prevalent in a crazy game in Porto as Sérgio Conceição’s side finally got off the mark in this campaign.
Callum Hudson-Odoi thought he had given Leverkusen the lead in the first half with a well-taken volley inside the area before an intervention from VAR cancelled the goal after a foul in the build-up.
Mehdi Taremi thought he had given Porto the lead just before half-time only to see his goal ruled out for a handball in the Porto box which led to a Leverkusen penalty which saw Patrik Schick denied by Diogo Costa.
There was nothing there to rule out Zaidu Sanusi’s goal in the second half with the winger nodding in Taremi’s whipped cross following an intricate team move from Porto before Galeno wrapped things up in the dying minutes.
Tottenham’s Champions League group is left wide open with Antonio Conte’s side failing to win, and score again, on the road.
Spurs sit second in the group but are level on points with Frankfurt in third and find themselves two points behind first-placed Sporting.
Scorers: Sané 7′, 50′, Gnabry 13′, Mané 21′, Choupo-Moting 59′
Bayern maintained their perfect record in the competition as they beat Viktoria Plzeň with ease in Germany by 5-0.
With a depleted squad, which included Thomas Müller and Joshua Kimmich ruled out due to COVID -19, the hosts had only six substitutes on the night but the players available demonstrated it was not a worry.
Bayern dominated the pitch right from kick-off and caused plenty of misery for their opponents as a result.
Leroy Sané scored a blistering strike from just outside the box for 1-0 before Serge Gnabry finished off a counter-attack and Sadio Mané added a third with his first in the competition for his new club. All of which were within the opening 20 minutes.
It could have been 4-0 before the break too but Jamal Musiala’s goal was ruled out by VAR.
Coming out into the second half things then got worse for Viktoria Plzeň (who only registered three shots on target and 28% possession) as Mané teed up Sané for 4-0 and substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting found the fifth from close range.
Yet despite the dominant win, manager Julian Nagelsmann may be frustrated with the fact Bayern didn’t add more to the scoreline in the second half.
Scorers: Sánchez 13′, Harit 16′, Balerdi 28′, Mbemba 84′; Trincão 1′
Following a frustrating start to their season in Portugal, Group D leaders Sporting had been flying in the Champions League – until now.
Against Marseille, things could not have gotten off to a better start for the visitors as Francisco Trincão’s curler found the back of the net after 50 seconds.
But some crazy scenes quickly developed as the hosts turned things around in dramatic fashion.
Alexis Sánchez pressured goalkeeper Antonio Adán from extremely close range only for the Sporting man to kick the ball off the striker and into his own net before Amine Harit’s header made things 2-1 three minutes later.
The night would then get even worse for Sporting when Adán was sent off after coming well out of his box and handling the ball leaving the visitors down to 10 men.
Goalkeeper Franco Israel then came on and conceded within seconds as Marseille defender Leonardo Balerdi added a third from a corner. Sporting ace Marcus Edwards, meanwhile, was the unlucky man forced to come off.
But despite all of that happening within the first half-an-hour of the match, there was little to happen afterward.
The Portuguese club brought multiple substitutes off the bench and while they had a few efforts to try and kickstart a comeback fell short. Then in the dying moments, Chancel Mbemba Mangulu added a fourth for the hosts.
The result means Group D has flipped on its head as bottom-of-the-table Marseille now have three points while leaders Sporting stay with six.