Major win for Jürgen Klopp, bitter defeat for Robert Lewandowski: After trouble in the Premier League, the Liverpool FC team manager found his way back to Champions League success against Glasgow Rangers. FC Barcelona, on the other hand, suffered their second bankruptcy in the group stage at Inter Milan, qualifying for the round of 16 is anything but a bull’s eye.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 (1-0) victory in the seventh minute, before Mohamed Salah (53′) made the final score with a penalty kick. The success improved the Reds in Group A from third to second in the standings.
The exact opposite happened for Barca in Group B, the Catalans swapped second and third places with Inter. Former Leverkusen player Hakan Calhanoglu (45+2) scored the deserved 1-0 (1-0) win for the Italians. Former Bayern star Robert Lewandowski rarely managed to put himself in the spotlight and remained goalless.
SSC Napoli and surprisingly FC Brugge also made great strides towards group victory. The Italians recorded a clear 6:1 (3:1) victory at Ajax Amsterdam and the Belgian champions also took their third win 2:0 (1:0) against Atletico Madrid in the third match. It was the heaviest European defeat in club history for the Netherlands.
For the Flemish, Kamal Sowah, who scored in the 36th minute, and Ferran Jutgla (62nd) were the match winners. Giacomo Raspadori (18th and 47th) was twice successful for Naples, Giovanni di Lorenzo (33rd), Piotr Zielinski (45th), Kvicha Kvaratskhelia (63rd) and Giovanni Simeone (81st) rounded out the win perfectly. The short lead of Ajax was thanks to Mohammed Kudus (9th).
France’s number two, Olympique Marseille, had already won the first victory at the beginning of the evening after two defeats at the start. The team of former Schalke player Amine Harit defeated Sporting Lisbon, which previously won twice, 4-1 (3-1).
The hosts’ success was aided by 63 minutes of manpower after a red card against Lisbon goalkeeper Antonio Adan for an emergency brake. The goals for “OM” were scored by Alexis Sanchez (13′), Harit (16′), Leonardo Balerdi (28′) and Chancel Mbemba (84′), Trincao had already put the Portuguese ahead after 51 seconds.
Champions League: the matches on Tuesday
|meeting||kick off||Result/live ticker|
|Bavaria – Pilsen||6.45 pm||5:0 – analysis / individual assessments|
|Marseille – Sporting||7:05 PM*||4: 1|
|Frankfurt-Tottenham||21 clock||0:0 – match report|
|Porto – Leverkusen||21 clock||2:0 – match report|
|Liverpool – Rangers||21 clock||2-0|
|Ajax – Naples||21 clock||1:6|
|Bruges – Atletico||21 clock||2-0|
*Delay due to traffic jam