Dortmund and Atletico are on course for the round of sixteen after their victories. France’s series champion beat Salzburg’s qualifying conqueror Red Star Belgrade 6:1, Schalke 04 also celebrated a sense of achievement with a late 1-0 win over Lok Moscow.
London/Naples – FC Barcelona has freed itself from its small creative crisis in the Football Champions League on Wednesday. Thanks to a double pack from superstar Lionel Messi, the Catalans won the Group B hit at Tottenham 4:2 after three league games without victory. Paris Saint-Germain showed Red Star Belgrade also thanks to three goals from Neymar with 6:1.
The SSC Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the top game of the PSG group after a late goal from Lorenzo Insigne (90) and took the lead of the table. Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are on course for the Round of 16 after their second Group A wins. The Dortmund team won 3:0 against AS Monaco, the Madrilenians 3:1 against Club Brügge.
Barcelona had to fear for their second victory in the second CL game after an early lead. Philippe Coutinho had used a trip of France’s world champion captain Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal to 1:0 (2.). This was followed by a remarkable long-range shot by Ivan Rakitic (28.) and two shots from Messi’s bar shortly after the break.
Messi, who had already been successful against PSV Eindhoven three times at the 4-0 opening, also scored twice (56th, 90th). The Argentinian now holds 105 goals in the premier class. Tottenham scored twice with Harry Kane (52.) and Erik Lamela (66.). In the parallel game, Inter Milan turned a 1-0 deficit in Eindhoven into a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Radja Nainggolan (44) and Mauro Icardi (60) and, like Barcelona, held the maximum of six points.
Napoli dominated against Liverpool, did not let the finalist of the previous season show his advantage at all – and rewarded himself late. Insigne sunk a cross pass from Jose Callejon in the long corner and put Stadio San Paolo in a state of emergency. Dries Mertens had already hit the crossbar before (82nd).
Carlo Ancelotti’s team had not managed to get past a goalless draw in Belgrade at the start, but are now leading the table ahead of Paris and Liverpool. Liverpool also lost ex-Salzburger Naby Keita to Manchester City with a thigh injury four days before the league match.
PSG is back on course thanks to the cantabile victory against Salzburg’s qualifying conqueror Red Star. Neymar scored twice with a free-kick (20., 81.) and once after a double pass with Kylian Mbappe (22.). The other PSG goals were scored by Edinson Cavani (37), Angel di Maria (42) and Mbappe (70). German Marko Marin (74th) scored the honorary goal for Roter Stern.
Dortmund and Atletico Madrid held the ascent course. One and a half years after the attack on the team bus that overshadowed the CL quarter-finals against Monaco in April 2017, Jacob Bruun Larsen (52), Paco Alcacer (72) and Marco Reus (92) were successful for the Dortmund team. Alcacer had taken a penalty shortly before his goal (69th). Match winner for Atletico was Antoine Griezmann with two goals (28th, 67th) and an assistant for Koke (94th).
Schalke 04 celebrated another success with a late 1:0 victory over Lok Moskau. Match winner was Weston McKennie after a corner per head (88th). ÖFB team striker Guido Burgstaller was substituted for the German runner-up in the 72nd minute. His compatriot Alessandro Schöpf, who last won the first league season against Mainz (1:0) Schalkes Goldtorschütze, was missing due to a feverish illness.
After two rounds, the Schalkers lead the table with four points on a par with FC Porto. The Portuguese also beat previous leaders Galatasaray Istanbul 1-0. Players can find over 500 games in Cozino.
After their victory over Celtic, the “bulls” can look back on 49 home games without defeat en suite, 15th victory in the 17th seasonal game and 2018/19 without defeat.
Salzburg – The second victory in Group B of the European Football League never seemed at risk. Even at the score of 0:1, Salzburg was at home on Thursday against Celtic Glasgow always master of the situation, the final score of 3:1 provided confirmation. Coach Marco Rose was clarified. “I never really had any doubts”, said the German, who was happy about a “bear-strong” performance just after the break.
49th home game without defeat en suite, 15th victory in the 17th seasonal game and 2018/19 without defeat – despite a bad start the run of the domestic serial champion continued on Thursday. After a mistake by central defender Andre Ramalho, who was surprised by a high ball, the hosts were behind after only 95 seconds. “That was a shock for us,” Ramalho’s defensive partner Marin Pongracic said.
Of course there was nothing to notice. “We reacted well, found our way into the game and already played a good first half. And in the second half we delivered a very strong performance”, Rose remarked with satisfaction. The German said that he was “not surprised” by the reaction of the team. “I know that we are good and that we have confidence in ourselves.
Also the fact that before the break against the compactly defending 49 times Scottish champion no big chances looked out despite dominance, did not let Salzburg despair. “It was difficult, because they defended very disciplined”, said foreign player Stefan Lainer.
Despite all the attempts, the favourite went into the booths for the first time this season with a 0:1 deficit – and then turned up the heat. “We’ve stayed calm, that’s what sets us apart lately,” said Hannes Wolf, who soon after the restart provided the assistant for double goal scorer Munas Dabbur. “We continued to play our game and created many chances,” Dabbur said dryly. The Israeli is still in good shape and has scored 15 times in his 16 season’s games.
For the fifth time overall and for the second time internationally it “rang” 2018/19 with Takumi Minamino, who finally turned the game around with the 2:1 in the 61st minute. Somehow logical for Wolf. “After the 1:1 it was already clear to us that there was more,” explained the 19-year-old. “We had a lot of ball possession, our counter-pressing was very strong. Fitness had also been a reason “.The opponent also got a bit tired. At the latest after the red card for the Scots and the 3:1 from a Dabbur 911 (73.) the game was over.
Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, whose team could hardly start any relief attacks after the break, caused a big problem after the equalization: “That we didn’t control the ball well enough. Then you can’t breathe,” complained the former Liverpool coach. Or in Lainer’s words: “We took away their desire and strength.”
24,085 spectators had come to the Red Bull Arena, it became one of the best-attended EL group games in the history of the Salzburgers. They now have the best chances to make it to the eighth EL group stage for the sixth time. “It’s good and important to start well. But now we have a home game against Trondheim with its back to the wall,” Rose stressed in view of the upcoming match against the spotless Norwegian champions Rosenborg Trondheim on 25 October. “We must remain alert and continue to mature. If we draw the right conclusions from this, we will continue to develop.” The highest commandment: “It’s simply important that we stay normal.”
Of course, Rose wasn’t completely satisfied then. After all, there was no meeting with singer legend Rod Stewart that evening. The British Celtics fan stayed in the stadium, but in the final phase he made his way home early. “I would have liked to have had an autograph from him. Unfortunately, he left in the 70th minute,” said Rose. EuroSlots Casino offers a thoughtful VIP treatment for those who like to play often and much.
He also seemed to be moderately enthusiastic about the report in the trade magazine “kicker”. That had written a few hours before that the 42-Jhrige stands on the list of the concrete follow-up candidates for coach young star Julian Nagelsmann with the German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim right at the top. “We’re in October talking about topics that might pop up next year. I just don’t like commenting on it,” Rose said. “I’ve done well with it so far. I’m still sitting here even though I’ve been away seven times.”
In the goal-richest game on Saturday Hartberg won the WAC with 4:3. There were no goals at St. Pölten against Admira.
The SCR Altach has lost the last place in the table in the tipico Bundesliga. The Vorarlberger won 2-0 (0-0) against Austria on Saturday, the second win of the season, at the same time the second in a row. Brian Mwila was match winner with a double pack in the second half of the game (55th, 68th) for the Altachers, who are now in tenth place. GunsBet‘s new players enjoys a sizable gift in the form of a welcome bonus.
While Altach’s coach Werner Grabherr was able to rejoice for the first time at home after five defeats in the previous home appearances of the season, Austria once again started the return journey from the West with empty hands. Altach extended their excellent home record against the purple ones. For the SCR it was the fifth victory in the last six duels in the Cashpoint Arena.
The rising TSV Hartberg has won his first away win of the current season in a curious game at the WAC on Saturday. The Styrians prevailed in Wolfsberg with 4:3 (1:2). WAC coach Christian Ilzer lost to the club, which he had led to promotion in the previous season. Match winner in a game marked by goalie mistakes was Rajko Rep with a double pack (24th, 87th).
Wolfsberg had taken the lead 2:0 early by Dever Orgill (12.) and Marc Andre Schmerböck (20.), Michael Novak scored in front of 3.213 spectators for the hosts (66.). For the Hartberger team, the substitute Dario Tadic (57th) and ex-WAC player Florian Flecker (61st) were successful as well as Rep. The Styrians, so far without an away point in four league games, moved up to ninth place in the table. The WAC is still fifth.
In the first game after the departure of coach Dietmar Kühbauer to Rapid, St. Pölten had to settle for a 0:0 victory against Admira in the Lower Austrian derby on Saturday. The home side set the tone in the tenth round, but for the first time since 25 August they failed to score and after three wins en suite were not able to write the full score this time.
The gap to Salzburg (27), the leader of the table, was reduced to six points at least until Sunday, when the Lower Austrians could also be overtaken by the LASK (20). With eight points, the Admira remain penultimate and have only two wins in the most recent 14 Bundesliga games.