Holders Bayern Munich continued their excellent begin to their Champions League title defence on Tuesday as Actual Madrid had Casemiro’s late objective to thank for scrambling a 2-2 draw away to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis additionally made it six factors out of a attainable six in Europe this season, after Bayern wanted a late Joshua Kimmich strike to assert a 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A. Leon Goretzka put the Germans forward early on in entrance of a restricted crowd within the Russian capital, however Anton Miranchuk tucked in an equaliser for Lokomotiv within the second half — Miranchuk’s twin brother Aleksei scored for Atalanta within the Champions League final week.
However Bayern have been to not be denied a document thirteenth straight win within the competitors as Kimmich managed a Javi Martinez go and volleyed dwelling low from outdoors the field 11 minutes from time.
“We needed to work laborious for the victory,” Kimmich admitted to broadcaster DAZN.
In the identical group Atletico Madrid got here from behind to beat Salzburg 3-2, with Joao Felix grabbing their late winner.
The Portuguese starlet had hit the bar with a shocking overhead kick earlier than Marcos Llorente put Atletico forward within the Spanish capital.
Dominik Szoboszlai levelled earlier than the break after which a Felipe personal objective put Salzburg forward simply after half-time.
Nevertheless, Joao Felix equalised on 52 minutes after which received it 5 minutes from the tip.
In Germany, Actual have been heading for an additional defeat in Group B, six days after shedding 3-2 at dwelling to Shakhtar Donetsk, as Marcus Thuram netted twice for Gladbach, both aspect of half-time.
However Casemiro arrange Karim Benzema to cut back the deficit within the 87th minute and the Brazilian midfielder then scored himself deep in harm time to salvage some extent for Zinedine Zidane’s group.
“If we proceed to play like that, we’ll do nice issues and we’ll win matches, that is for positive,” stated Zidane.
It’s Shakhtar who lead the part, although, by two factors from Inter Milan and Gladbach, after a 0-0 draw with the Italians in Kiev.
Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis eased to a second straight win in Group C with Kevin De Bruyne establishing Ferran Torres for the early opener in opposition to Marseille after the hosts had carelessly ceded possession.
Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling added late targets to make it 3-0, leaving Marseille with out a level.
Guardiola was assured Metropolis may construct on their victory after an detached begin to the Premier League season which has seen them are available for criticism.
“A part of the criticism was proper, however you have to settle for it. It is a part of our job,” Guardiola informed BT Sport.
“It is about the place we have come from within the final month, with lack of preparation, accidents and Covid-19, however the Champions League is in an excellent place now.”
In the identical group Porto beat Olympiakos 2-0 in Portugal with Fabio Vieira and Sergio Oliveira on the right track.
In the meantime, Liverpool constructed on their 1-0 victory at Ajax final week by defeating Danish champions Midtjylland 2-0 in a low-key sport behind closed doorways at Anfield in Group D.
Diogo Jota completed off a nice transfer to present Jurgen Klopp’s group the lead early within the second half, earlier than Mohamed Salah made positive of the factors with a late penalty.
Klopp rested Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino from his beginning line-up however his defensive worries deepened as Fabinho went off with an obvious hamstring harm.
“It was a troublesome night time,” Klopp informed BT Sport.
“It is a bit like in a wedding, there are good and dangerous occasions. It is not a foul time nevertheless it’s a tough time.”
He added: “It was a tough sport to play. However profitable 2-0 is totally nice in order that’s it — let’s keep on.”
Liverpool now have a double-header in opposition to Atalanta, who got here from 2-0 down to attract 2-2 at dwelling to Ajax.
A Dusan Tadic penalty put the guests forward on the half-hour and Lassina Traore made it two, just for Duvan Zapata to save lots of Atalanta with two targets within the area of seven second-half minutes.
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