After the Champions League paused to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, defending champion Bayern Munich and Manchester Metropolis 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 Actual Madrid nice Raul.
Metropolis’s 1-0 win at Olympiakos means six elite groups are already into the final 16 with two rounds of the group stage nonetheless to play. Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea and Sevilla superior on Tuesday.
Liverpool wasted the possibility to hitch them, because the 2019 champion conceded its first objectives on this season’s competitors to lose 2-0 at dwelling towards Atalanta.
Eden Hazard’s seventh-minute penalty in a 2-0 win at Inter Milan helped guarantee Actual Madrid is again on monitor after a shaky begin to the marketing campaign. Inter is final in group B and going through elimination.
Marseille, the 1993 European champion, and debutant Midtjylland can’t advance after shedding their fourth straight video games, towards Porto and Ajax, respectively.
BAYERN EXTENDS STREAK
Bayern’s victory was its fifteenth straight within the Champions League courting to the beginning of final season.
Lewandowski opened the scoring within the forty third, choosing up the rebound when Thomas Muller’s shot was saved. The Poland captain now trails solely Cristiano Ronaldo’s 131 Champions League objectives 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 2-0 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 0-0 at dwelling to Lokomotiv Moscow.
Liverpool cruised to a 5-0 win at Atalanta three weeks in the past, and had by no means misplaced a Champions League group-stage recreation at dwelling beneath coach Jurgen Klopp.
With first-choice defenders injured and rested, Liverpool was deservedly overwhelmed by Atalanta which has now received each its away matches whereas failing to win both dwelling recreation.
Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored the objectives 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 for the reason that 1966-67 European Cup.
MADRID WINS IN MILAN
Actual 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 2-0 win at San Siro was additionally the primary time Madrid had overwhelmed both Inter or AC Milan on the iconic stadium, although coach Zinedine Zidane’s staff did win the 2016 closing there towards 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 M?nchengladbach by one level, after the German facet cruised to a 4-0 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 thirty sixth and seal Manchester Metropolis’s 1-0 win at Olympiakos.
Metropolis has an ideal four-win report to advance to the knockout rounds for an eighth straight season, and can possible be joined by Porto.
The 2-time European champion received 2-0 at Marseille which slumped to a thirteenth 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.