Champions League: Real Madrid in trouble despite late fightback – football

With one level from its opening two video games, Real Madrid is going through one other struggle to protect its proud document of qualifying for the knockout stage in all of its seasons in the Champions League. It might have been an entire lot worse for the document 13-time European champions on Tuesday, although.

Heading into the 87th minute in opposition to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Madrid was shedding 2-0 and on target for 4 straight losses in the Champions League for the primary time. However, targets by Karim Benzema after which Casemiro — in the third minute of stoppage time — rescued a 2-2 draw for the Spanish champions, who opened with a 3-2 loss at residence to Shakhtar Donetsk final week.

Next up for Madrid is a double-header in opposition to Inter Milan, the group which was speculated to be its hardest rival in Group B however which can be nonetheless with no win. A 0-0 draw at Shakhtar, throughout which Inter hit the crossbar twice, got here per week after a 2-2 draw with Mönchengladbach.

Madrid is in greater trouble, although, in its twenty fifth marketing campaign in the Champions League, in which the group has by no means been eradicated in the group stage. Last season, Zinedine Zidane’s facet began in nearly equivalent trend, shedding its opener — 3-0 to Paris Saint-Germain — after which drawing 2-2 in its second match in opposition to Club Brugge. The total normal of its group is more durable this time spherical.

“This is going to be a difficult year for everyone,” Zidane stated.

Defending champion Bayern Munich is having no such trouble, with a 2-1 victory at Lokomotiv Moscow extending its profitable run in the Champions League to 13 video games. Also on a most of six factors is Manchester City after a 3-0 win at Marseille, because the English group continues its newest bid to grow to be European champion for the primary time.

Liverpool is the opposite group to have received each of its video games thus far, with Diogo Jota scoring the membership’s 10,000th objective of its 128-12 months historical past to arrange a 2-0 residence win over FC Midtjylland.

KIMMICH TO RESCUE

Bayern went unpunished for a sloppy efficiency in Moscow as Joshua Kimmich extended the German group’s profitable streak in the competitors with a brilliantly taken 79th-minute objective. Leon Goretzka put Bayern forward in the thirteenth, however the champions gave up loads of probabilities earlier than Anton Miranchuk lastly took one in the seventieth.

Bayern opened with a 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid, which obtained its Group A marketing campaign again on observe by rallying to beat Salzburg 3-2. Joao Félix scored twice, together with the winner in the eighty fifth minute. Marcos Llorente opened the scoring for Atlético earlier than Salzburg went forward by means of targets by Dominik Szoboszlai and Mergim Berisha both facet of halftime.

SLICK CITY

Playing with no striker didn’t cease Man City racking up the targets in opposition to Marseille. Sergio Aguero is again on the sidelines with a hamstring harm and with Gabriel Jesus additionally injured, City began on the Stade Velodrome with Ferran Torres then Raheem Sterling filling in because the makeshift heart ahead.

Both of them scored, both facet of a objective by Ilkay Gundogan as City backed up its 3-1 win over Porto final week. Porto rebounded from that loss by beating Olympiakos 2-0 because of targets by Fábio Vieira and Sérgio Oliveira. It was the one hundredth victory for Porto in the European Cup and Champions League.

Olympiakos opened with a 1-0 win over Marseille.

FABINHO INJURY

Liverpool’s defensive woes deepened as Fabinho was pressured off with a hamstring harm throughout the first half of the win over Midtjylland. The Brazil midfielder has been filling in at heart again for Virgil van Dijk, who is probably going out for a lot of months after damaging cruciate knee ligaments. With Joel Matip at the moment struggling for health, Liverpool has only one match senior heart half in Joe Gomez.

A 19-12 months-outdated, Rhys Williams, changed Fabinho and Liverpool was shaky at instances in opposition to the competitors newcomers from Denmark. However, Jota scored in the fifty fifth for a historic objective for Liverpool and substitute Mohamed Salah transformed a stoppage-time penalty.

Duván Zapata scored twice in six minutes as Atalanta rallied for a degree in opposition to Ajax, who went 2-0 forward because of Dušan Tadić’s penalty and a scruffy objective from Lassina Traoré.

Atalanta is 2 factors behind Liverpool in second place.

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