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.