Joel Sanderson-Murray·12 October 2022
Joel Sanderson-Murray·12 October 2022
It was a crazy night in the Champions League with red cards and penalties galore, a historic hat-trick and late, late drama in Barcelona.
Here’s what went down.
Scorers: Dembélé 40′, Lewandowski 82′, 90+2′; Barella 50′, Martínez 62′, Gosens 89′.
Robert Lewandowski scored two late goals to save Barcelona from elimination.
It had started well for the hosts as Ousmane Dembélé arrived into the box to tap in Sergi Roberto’s cut-back to give them the lead five minutes before half-time but Nicoló Barella levelled early in the second half.
Lautaro Martīnez then wriggled into the Barça penalty area before smashing a lot shot which went in off both posts to move Simone Inzaghi’s side into the lead.
Robert Lewandowski headed Xavi’s men level with a goal in the 82nd minute but Xavi’s side were staring at being knocked out of the Champions League when Robin Gosens arrived on to Martīnez’s low ball to finish off an incisive counter-attack in the 89th minute.
But Lewandowski was the hero in stoppage time, grabbing his second to keep the Blaugrana alive – they remain in third, three points behind Inter going into the final two games.
Scorers: Arfield 17′; Firmino 24′, 55′, Núñez 66′, Salah 75′, 80′, 82′, Elliott 87′.
Scott Arfield fired Rangers ahead early on, arriving on to Ryan Jack’s pass before sliding the ball into the bottom corner.
But Jürgen Klopp’s side pulled level seven minutes later with Roberto Firmino getting on to the end of Kostas Tsmikas’ corner at the near post to head past Allan McGregor.
Firmino was on hand to move Liverpool ahead in the 55th minute, arriving at the back post to finish off Joe Gomez’s low cross.
Darwin Núñez extended Liverpool’s advantage with a placed finish from just inside the area after being played in by Firmino to bag his first Champions League goal for the club.
Before Salah arrived from the sidelines to score the quickest hat-trick in Champions League history – all three goals coming in eight minutes.
The Egyptian made it four by poking through the legs of McGregor from a tight angle before slotting a clever, lofted finish in from the edge of the area.
Salah curled home two minutes later to round off his hat-trick before Harvey Elliott reacted to hesitancy in the box to make it seven in the dying minutes.
Scorers: Son 20′, 36′, Kane (PEN) 28′; Kamada 14′, Alidou 87′.
Sent-off: Tuta 60′.
Tottenham survived a late fightback from ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt to move top of their group.
The hosts found themselves behind early on when Jesper Lindstrom took advantage of Eric Dier’s mistake to cause mayhem in the Spurs box, leading to Sebastian Rode laying the ball on a plate for Daichi Kamada to tap in from six yards.
But Son Heung-min equalised six minutes later after being played through on goal by Harry Kane and slotting into the far corner from just inside the box.
Kane then completed the turnaround inside 26 minutes from the penalty spot after being brought down by Kristian Jakić.
Son got his second to give Spurs clear daylight with a smashing volley from close range after being picked out by Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg’s cross.
Things went from bad for worse for Frankfurt when defender Tuta was sent-off for a second bookable offence after hauling down Son but they mustered up a late comeback to almost take a point from the game when substitute Faride Alidou headed in Mario Götze’s corner.
Scorers: Vikanova 62′, Kliment 75′; Mané 10′, Müller 14′, Goretzka 25′, 35′.
Bayern Munich’s first-half avalanche was enough to seal their progress to the last-16, but they had to survive a fightback from Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň.
Leon Goretzka was the conductor of the first half, scoring twice and assisting Sadio Mané for the opener, playing a one-two with the Senegalese forward before he chipped the ball over goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek.
Thomas Müller then tapped in Kingsley Coman’s low cross to extend that advantage four minutes later, before Goretzka got in on the act with a strike from the edge of the box.
Goretzka added his second with another delicate chip over the goalkeeper after being slipped in by Leroy Sané.
But the hosts scored twice in the second half with Adam Vlkanova pulled one back with a strike from outside the box in the 62nd minute, before Jan Kliment grabbed a second with a half-volley from the edge of the area.
Julian Nagelsmann’s men will be playing Champions League football after Christmas.
Scorers: Galeno 6′, Taremi (PEN) 53′, (PEN) 64′.
Xabi Alonso’s Champions League debut as a manager ended in defeat as Porto put Leverkusen to the sword in a match which saw three penalties awarded.
The Liga NOS side were ahead after just six minutes when goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s long, diagonal pass found Galeno on the left-hand side before the winger beat two defenders and slotted past Lukáš Hrádecký at the near post.
Costa was then the hero in his own goal, palming away Kerem Demirbay’s penalty.
Porto were then given two spot-kicks in 11 minutes in the second half with Mehdi Taremi slotting the first down the middle to extend their advantage before rounding off the win by just beating Hrádecký down the left for the second.
Porto jump into the knockout spots, leading Atlético by two points.
Scorers: Guendouzi (PEN) 20′, Sánchez 30′.
Sent-off: Esgaio 19′, Goncalves 63′.
Sporting CP were reduced to nine men as Marseille ran out victors in Lisbon.
Defender Ricardo Esgaio was the first to be given his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards, the second which led to Mattéo Guendouzi giving the Ligue 1 side the lead from the spot.
Alexis Sánchez doubled Marseille’s advantage on the half hour mark, tapping in from under the crossbar after being found by Amine Harit’s slide-rule ball.
Before Pedro Goncalves saw red midway through the second half, again for two yellow cards, received in the space of 10 minutes.
Both teams go into the final two games on six points, with Marseille occupying second place due to a better head-to head record.
Scorers: Lozano 4′, Raspadori 16′, Kvaratskhelia 59′ (PEN), Osimhen 89′; Klassen 49′, Bergwijn 82′ (PEN)
Napoli qualified for the last-16 after an exciting win over Ajax in Naples.
The hosts stormed to an early lead, combining swiftly to cut apart Ajax’s defence. Piotr Zieliński started to move before playing a neat give-and-go, clipping the ball over the static backline for Hirving Lozano to place a deft header beyond Remko Pasveer.
Swift and precise combination play, down the left wing this time, was Ajax’s undoing once more as the hosts doubled their lead. The ball came to Giacomo Raspadori who lashed home a powerful strike into the roof of the net from inside the penalty area.
Having suffered throughout the first period, Ajax halved the deficit straight after the break. The ball was worked out wide to Calvin Bassey whose floated cross was met by a powerful Davey Klassen header to get the visitors on the board.
On the hour mark Napoli were awarded a penalty for a Jurriën Timber handball, which Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dispatched with aplomb to restore the host’s two-goal advantage before Ajax were awarded a penalty of their own.
With less than ten minutes left on the clock, Brian Brobbey was brought down in the box and up stepped Steven Bergwijn to make it a one-goal game with what would be the Dutch forward’s last kick of the match.
Any chance of tying the game evaporated merely minutes later when Victor Osimhen caught Daley Blind napping on the ball inside his own penalty area before tapping into an empty net.
Atlético Madrid were held to a goalless draw in the Spanish capital as 10-man Club Brugge remained unbeaten and all but qualified for the knockout rounds.
Early chances at both ends in the Spanish capital came as Ferran Jutgla was within inches of giving the visitors the lead before Antoine Griezmann’s effort was saved.
Saúl Ñíguez put the ball into the back of the net for Atleti but the goal was ruled out for offside before Griezmann was denied once again by an acrobatic save from Simon Mignolet.
The visitors were awarded a penalty five minutes from the break when Nahuel Molina was judged to have brought down Tajon Buchanan but, after a VAR intervention, the decision was overturned.
Ángel Correa, who had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, had a second pulled back as the Argentine forward had strayed beyond the last man before tapping in Griezmann’s saved effort.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men when, with barely 10 minutes left on the clock, Kamal Sowah tripped Axel Witsel in the centre of the park to receive his second caution of the game.
Matheus Cunha had an opportunity to claim all three points for Diego Simeone’s men, but another fine save by Mignolet kept Club Brugge level and clear at the top of Group B.
You can catch up on all of Tuesday’s results and incident here.