Champions League: Bayern, Juve qualify for last 16

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick on his 100th Champions League appearance as they crushed Benfica 5-2 on Tuesday to cruise into the knockout stages with two Group E matches to spare.

Group E: Bayern and Barcelona win

Barcelona secured a vital win in Kiev
Barcelona secured a vital win in Kiev

Barcelona‘s Ansu Fati scored a superb second-half goal to secure a crucial 1-0 win at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday and revive his club’s faltering Champions League campaign.

Barca’s 19-year-old prospect rescued his team in the 70th minute with a fierce volley from inside the area after the home defence failed to clear Oscar Mingueza’s cross from the right.

However, the Ukraine champions gave Barcelona a hard time in a frantic game, with both teams missing several chances.

The victory put Barca into second place in Group E with six points, two ahead of Benfica. It was Barca’s first away win in all competitions this season.

Leroy Sane goes close for Bayern Munich
Leroy Sane goes close for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich‘s Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick, set up another goal and missed a penalty on his 100th Champions League appearance as they crushed Benfica 5-2 to cruise into the knockout stages with two Group E matches to spare.

The Pole headed home his first goal in the 26th minute and chipped in another just past the hour after also setting up Serge Gnabry for a sensational backheel flick in the 32nd.

The striker missed a penalty in first-half stoppage time but sealed his treble in the 85th minute. It was his 81st goal in Europe’s elite club competition.

Benfica cut the deficit before the break with Morato’s 38th-minute header, which was the first goal conceded by Bayern in their four Champions League matches, but a superb Leroy Sane shot early in the second half killed off hopes of a comeback. The visitors scored again in the 75th minute through Darwin Nunez.

Group F: Villarreal keep pressure on Man Utd

Etienne Capoue struck for
Etienne Capoue struck for Villarreal

Villarreal boosted their hopes of reaching the knockout stages after goals from Etienne Capoue and Arnaut Danjuma gave the Spanish side a 2-0 home win over Swiss rivals Young Boys in Group F.

The result left Villarreal second on seven points from four games, behind Manchester United on an inferior head-to-head record and two ahead of third-placed Atalanta. Young Boys have three points and only a slim chance of advancing.

Capoue delighted the home fans in the 36th minute when he knocked in his own rebound from close range after visiting goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre parried the French midfielder’s header straight back into his path.

Young Boys pressed in the closing stages as Meschack Elia came close but they were caught cold in the 89th minute as Danjuma pulled away from his marker and slipped the ball past Faivre to seal Villarreal’s win.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Atalanta
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first goal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two, including a stoppage-time equaliser, as Manchester United came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw away to Atalanta.

The 36-year-old has now scored five goals in four games for United in this Champions League campaign and has nine in 11 outings for the club this season.

His outstanding finishing secured a vital point for United, who were minutes away from slipping to third in the group but instead find themselves top on seven points.

Group G: Lille win at Sevilla

Lille's Jonathan David celebrates converting his penalty
Lille’s Jonathan David celebrates converting his penalty

Jonathan Ikone scored a second-half winner as Lille fought back to claim a 2-1 victory over hosts Sevilla in their Champions League Group G clash at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Lucas Ocampos put Sevilla ahead inside 15 minutes, but Jonathan David equalised from the penalty spot just before half-time and Ikone scored a second to hand the French champions a potentially crucial win, their first in the competition in 13 matches stretching back to 2014.

RB Salzburg lead the group with seven points from their four games, with Lille ahead of Wolfsburg in second place on goal difference. Both teams have five points, while Sevilla are on three.

Lille will host Salzburg in the penultimate round of the group stage on November 23, while Sevilla welcome Wolfsburg with the top two places in the group still wide open.

Earlier on Tuesday, Wolfsburg stunned Salzburg 2-1 to rekindle their hopes of a top-two finish and a spot in the knockout stages.

The Wolves, with new coach Florian Kohfeldt making his debut in the competition after taking over last week, struck once in either half with Ridle Baku and Lukas Nmecha to climb up to five points, two behind the Austrians.

Group H: Chelsea win away in Malmo

Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring the opening goal
Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring Chelsea’s winner

Chelsea remain on course to reach the knockout phases after Hakim Ziyech struck in the second half against Malmo to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

The Blues attacker tapped home after a wonderful cross by Callum Hudson-Odoi, who continued his encouraging recent form to help Thomas Tuchel’s side clinch a third win in Group H.

With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner still sidelined, Ziyech stepped up for the holders in a much tougher game than the first meeting with the Swedish side which ended 4-0.

Juventus booked their spot in the last 16 with two group games to spare after a double from Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala steered them to a 4-2 win over Zenit St Petersburg.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring
Juventus’ Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring

Knowing they only needed a point against Zenit to be assured of a knockout-stage spot in Group H, Juve raced into a deserved early lead through Dybala, who hammered the ball into the roof of the net in the 11th minute.

The hosts had several chances to make it 2-0 before Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci put through his own net in the 26th minute to draw Zenit level.

Dybala benefited from a slice of good fortune to put Juve back in front in the 58th minute, as he converted a penalty at the second attempt, after the referee had ordered his first effort, that he dragged wide, be retaken.

Goals from Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata made sure of the victory late on as Juve made it four wins from four in this season’s competition to top Group H, three points ahead of holders Chelsea in second.

Sardar Azmoun netted a stoppage-time consolation for Zenit, who must win both of their remaining group matches to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages.

Euro: Barca held in first game after Koeman | Juve lose again

Barcelona stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to Alaves on Saturday in their first match since the sacking of coach Ronald Koeman.

Barca’s third consecutive La Liga game without a win left them ninth in the standings, eight points behind leaders Real Madrid.

After a cagey first half, Dutch forward Memphis Depay put Barcelona ahead four minutes after the interval with a fine strike from outside the penalty area.

The lead lasted only three minutes, however, as Alaves winger Luis Rioja conjured up an excellent equaliser, playing a neat one-two with Joselu before rounding Barca ‘keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to score.

Memphis Depay rescued a point for Barcelona
Memphis Depay rescued a point for Barcelona

Barcelona suffered another setback when striker Sergio Aguero was forced off late in the first half due to injury ahead of their Champions League clash at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Vinicius Junior took over the scoring duties from Karim Benzema by netting twice to help Real Madrid win 2-1 at 10-man Elche and move to the top of La Liga.

Vinicius opened the scoring with a 22nd-minute strike. After Elche midfielder Ral Guti was sent off for a second booking, the Brazilian winger then put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd.

Vinicius opened the scoring with a 22nd-minute strikeand put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd
Vinicius Junior opened the scoring with a 22nd-minute strike and put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd

Elche substitute Pere Milla pulled one back with four minutes to play.

The 21-year-old Vinicius once again showed his much-improved finishing. The double took his tally in all competitions to nine in 14 appearances this season, compared to six goals in 47 outings in 2020-21.

Real Sociedad are level on points with Real before hosting Athletic Bilbao in a Basque Country derby on Sunday. After that, Real will still have a game in hand.

Elsewhere, goals either side of half-time from Diego Carlos and Lucas Ocampos helped Sevilla beat Osasuna and move them level on 24 points with Real.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich bounce back

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich at Union Berlin
Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich at Union Berlin

Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski scored twice to lead Bayern Munich to a 5-2 victory at Union Berlin on Saturday as the German champions bounced back from their shock midweek German Cup exit to stay top of the league table.

The Pole struck with a 15th-minute penalty and then hammered in a free-kick for his 12th goal of the campaign, with Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller also on target in a rollercoaster encounter and Union’s first home loss of the season.

The Bavarians, who stunningly lost 5-0 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday in their heaviest German Cup loss ever, moved up to 25 points.

But their backline, that proved so vulnerable against Gladbach, was again far from solid, angering ‘keeper Manuel Neuer, who made a string of good saves as Union kept attacking.

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“We obviously wished for such a start and it really worked well in the beginning,” Neuer said. “The two goals we conceded are frustrating.

“But we are satisfied that we managed to show a different performance today.”

Borussia Dortmund did not need many chances and scored once in each half to beat Cologne 2-0 with an efficient display that kept them a point behind leaders Bayern.

Dortmund, missing more than half a dozen players through injury including top scorer Erling Haaland, squandered a couple of golden early opportunities to captain Marco Reus but Thorgan Hazard did better in the 40th minute.

Borussia Dortmund did not need many chances and scored once in each half to beat Cologne 2-0
Borussia Dortmund did not need many chances and scored once in each half to beat Cologne 2-0

Jude Bellingham delivered a superb chip into the box and the Belgian timed his run to perfection to head home.

Steffen Tigges added another for the hosts in the 64th minute, heading in a corner to give them a two-goal cushion with his first Bundesliga goal, much to the relief of the 67,000 fans in the stadium.

High-flying Freiburg stayed third with a 3-1 win over last-place Greuther Furth, and Wolfsburg defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 away in Florian Kohfeldt’s first game as coach. Also, Mainz won 2-1 at Arminia Bielefeld.

Serie A: Juventus misery continues

Juventus' Paulo Dybala reacts during Juventus' defeat at Hellas Verona
Juventus’ Paulo Dybala reacts during Juventus’ defeat at Hellas Verona

Juventus‘ miserable start to the Serie A season continued as they lost 2-1 at Hellas Verona, with an early double from Giovanni Simeone dropping Massimiliano Allegri’s side to ninth in the standings.

Giovanni Simeone, eldest son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, scored four in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Lazio, and he added two more goals inside 14 minutes in Veneto.

The first was a poacher’s finish from close range and the second was a sensational, dipping effort from distance to stun a static Juve defence.

Allegri rang the changes in the second half as he looked to turn things around, with one of his substitutes — American Weston McKennie – firing home 10 minutes from time.

The visitors could not find an equaliser, however, as they slipped to their second league defeat in four days to stay 13 points behind leaders Napoli having played one game more, while Verona climbed to eighth with a deserved victory.

Ligue 1: Lyon weather Lens storm to go fifth

Lyon hung on for dear life in the second half to claim a 2-1 home win against second-placed RC Lens and move up to fifth in the Ligue 1 standings on Saturday.

After opening up a 2-0 lead in a clinical first half thanks to goals by Karl Toko Ekambi and Houssem Aouar, Lyon then struggled and Lens pulled one back through Arnaud Kalimuendo.

They now have 19 points from 12 games and trail Lens by two points. Leaders Paris Saint-Germain have 31 points after beating champions Lille 2-1 on Friday.

Euro: Monchengladbach demolish Bayern 5-0 in German Cup

Borussia Monchengladbach sensationally struck three times in the opening 21 minutes to demolish German champions Bayern Munich 5-0 on Wednesday and dump them out of the German Cup second round following their heaviest defeat in the competition.

Gladbach’s dream start yielded two goals from Ramy Bensebaini and one from Kouadio Kone to put them in the driving seat before Breel Embolo struck twice early in the second half to kill off the game.

They became the first team to score five goals against the mighty Bavarians since Borussia Dortmund’s 5-2 win in the 2012 German Cup final, and the first team to score three goals in the first 21 minutes against Bayern in a German Cup game. It was also their first Cup win over Bayern.

“I am absolutely shocked,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “We were just not there. We did not win a single tackle or challenge in the entire first half.

“Everything that could go wrong went wrong. Gladbach did it really well. We were absolutely not there. A blackout. It should not have happened to us in such a way.”

The Bavarians, who have scored a record 33 goals in nine league games and have added another 12 goals without conceding any in three Champions League matches, were the overwhelming favourites.

Breel Embolo celebrates during the shock 5-0 win
Breel Embolo celebrates during the shock 5-0 win

But the hosts needed just 80 seconds to open their account with Kone pouncing on a sloppy pass by Bayern’s Alphonso Davies to beat keeper Manuel Neuer.

With the Bayern defence in complete disarray, the hosts should have scored again with Jonas Hofmann and Embolo coming close as the defensive efforts by the visitors piled up.

Gladbach did it better in the 15th, outplaying the static Bayern backline for Bensebaini to thunder a Hofmann cutback past Neuer.

Before they had any time to recover Lucas Hernandez, who earlier on Wednesday had seen a six-month prison sentence suspended in Spain, clumsily brought down Embolo in the box and Bensebaini sent Neuer the wrong way with an audacious spot kick to make it 3-0.

With Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann confined to his home after testing positive for COVID-19, assistant coach Dino Topmoeller had to wait until the second half to see some decent attacks from his players.

But before they even got into any rhythm, Gladbach struck again with man-of-the-match Embolo beating two defenders, who let a high ball bounce between them, to slot the ball in through the legs of Neuer.

The Swiss bagged his second goal of the evening in the 57th, finding far too much space once more to score their fifth off the post.

Serie A: Inter back to winning ways, Jose’s Roma win

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Jose Mourinho’s Roma were victorious at Cagliari on Wednesday

Champions Inter Milan got back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Empoli in Serie A on Wednesday.

After the home side had started brightly, Inter grew into the contest and edged in front thanks to Danilo D’Ambrosio’s well-timed header in the 34th minute.

Inter were in total control after Empoli’s Samuele Ricci was sent off for a reckless tackle on Nicolo Barella just six minutes into the second half. Simone Inzaghi’s side made the most of their numerical advantage when Federico Dimarco put them 2-0 up in the 66th minute.

Inter took their foot off the gas and cruised the final period of the match, earning their first victory in three league games to stay third in the standings on 21 points, seven behind leaders AC Milan. Empoli drop to 12th on 12 points.

In Serie A’s late kickoffs, goals from Ibanez and captain Lorenzo Pellegrini helped Roma come from behind to win 2-1 at Cagliari to stay fourth in the table, while Spaniard Pedro’s goal was enough for Lazio to climb above Fiorentina into sixth after beating them 1-0 in Rome.

Earlier on Wednesday, Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sassuolo, with Maxime Lopez’s stoppage-time winner stunning Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

Bayern boss Nagelsmann tests positive for Covid-19

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for Covid-19 after missing Wednesday’s Champions League win over Benfica.

Nagelsmann travelled to Lisbon with the Bayern squad but remained in the team hotel due to what the club described as a ‘flu-like infection’.

Bayern confirmed on Thursday morning that Nagelsmann had tested positive for coronavirus and would not travel back to Munich with the squad.

Bayern tweeted: “Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated.

“He will fly back to Munich separately from the team in a medical plane and isolate back there.”

Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane scored twice in Bayern’s Champions League win at Benfica

Bayern claimed a 4-0 win over Benfica thanks to four late goals, with former Manchester City forward Leroy Sane scoring twice.

The 2020 Champions League winners sit top of Group E with three wins from three, scoring 12 goals and conceding none.

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Nagelsmann will again be absent from the Bayern bench when they face Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern are one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

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Bayern Munich hit Benfica with four late goals to seal an emphatic win in

Leroy Sane broke the deadlock after 70 minutes before an Everton Soares own goal and strikes from Robert Lewandowski and Sane once more saw the German club surge away at the top of Group E.

Meanwhile, Barcelona gained their first win in the competition this season after Gerard Pique netted in a 1-0 victory against Dynamo Kiev at the Nou Camp.

Group F: Villarreal ease past young Boys

Villarreal eased to victory in Austria
Villarreal eased to victory in Austria

Villarreal eased to a 4-1 win at Young Boys.

Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead which they held until the 77th minute when Meschack Elia pulled a goal back.

A tense finish was threatened but it did not materialise for the Spanish side, who restored their two-goal cushion with further goals from substitutes Alberto Moreno and Samuel Chukwueze late on.

The other game in the group saw Cristiano Ronaldo secured Manchester United a thrilling 3-2 victory in a breathless Champions League clash with Atalanta.

The victory provided a much-needed shot in the arm for United, who moved top of Group F and welcome rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Group G: Salzburg pull clear at top

Rasmus Kristensen of RB Salzburg celebrates after winning against Wolfsburg
Rasmus Kristensen of RB Salzburg celebrates after winning against Wolfsburg

Red Bull Salzburg pulled clear at the top of Group G with a 3-1 home win against Wolfsburg. Lukas Nmecha cancelled out Karim Adeyemi’s opener for the hosts before a second-half double from Noah Okafor gave Red Bull their second group win.

Sevilla are second behind the Austrian champions after drawing 0-0 with Lille in France.

Group H: Juve stay top

Juventus stayed top of Group H
Juventus stayed top of Group H

Juventus stayed top of Group H after Dejan Kulusevski’s 86th-minute header gave them a 1-0 win against Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner limped out of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Malmo to deal the Blues a fresh set of injury concerns.

Jorginho converted two penalties, while Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz laid on classy finishes – but Chelsea’s new injuries still grabbed the greatest attention.

Lukaku hobbled off in clear pain with a suspected ankle problem, while Werner appeared to pick up a hamstring issue as the Blues claimed their second win in Group H.