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Champions League round-up: Madrid in dramatic comeback, lucky 13 for Bayern

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There was plenty more late drama on the opening night of UEFA Champions League Match Day 2 (Tuesday 27 October 2020).

Group A

Lokomotiv Moskva 1-2 Bayern

Joshua Kimmich scored 11 minutes from time to give the holders a hard-earned win in the Russian capital. Leon Goretzka’s header had secured Bayern an early lead, but the hosts offered up stubborn resistance and were briefly level again after Anton Miranchuk struck midway through the second half.

Key stat: This was Bayern’s 13th straight UEFA Champions League win.

03/11: Lokomotiv Moskva vs Atlético, Salzburg vs Bayern

Atlético 3-2 Salzburg

João Félix left it late to net Atlético three points and stave off a spirited Salzburg. The Portugal forward linked up with Luis Suárez to round the goalkeeper and score Atlético’s third just five minutes from time.

Dominik Szoboszlai had cancelled out Marcos Llorente’s opener, before Felipe’s own goal put the visitors ahead moments after half-time.

However, João Félix’s subsequent double sealed the win.

Key stat: João Félix has been involved in six goals in his last seven Champions League games for Atlético (five goals, one assist).

03/11: Lokomotiv Moskva vs Atlético, Salzburg vs Bayern

Group B

Shakhtar 0-0 Inter

Shakhtar held a dominant Inter in Kyiv to gain a point. Though it was one-way traffic for much of the contest, Luís Castro’s young side delivered a dogged performance. Lautaro Martínez pulled wide from close range with the best chance of the match, while Romelu Lukaku went close when his free-kick was tipped on to the bar by Anatolii Trubin.

Key stat: This was Shakhtar’s first 0-0 draw in the competition since February 2015.

03/11: Shakhtar vs Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid vs Inter

Mönchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid staged a dramatic comeback to take their first point. Marcus Thuram’s double – one from Alassane Pléa’s pass and another from his parried shot – had the hosts in command until the last three minutes. Then Karim Benzema hooked in and Casemiro converted a header across goal by Sergio Ramos to prise a draw for Zinédine Zidane’s side.

Key stat: This was Madrid’s first draw in 19 Champions League away games.

03/11: Shakhtar vs Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid vs Inter

Group C

Porto clinched their first win of the campaign as Fábio Vieira capitalised on uncertain defending to notch an early opener with his first Champions League goal on his second outing. Agustín Marchesín saved from Lazar Ranđelović as Olympiacos threatened a share of the spoils, before Sérgio Oliveira’s late header rubber-stamped the victory.

Key stat: Porto have won their last six Champions League group home matches.

03/11: Man. City vs Olympiacos, Porto vs Marseille

Marseille 0-3 Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne starred on his full return to the City starting XI, contributing two assists in a routine win for the Premier League team. Ferrán Torres opened the scoring 18 minutes in, before quick-fire strikes from İlkay Gündoğan and Raheem Sterling late in the second half wrapped up three points for Josep Guardiola’s men.

Key stat: City secured their first European win in France in five attempts.

03/11: Man. City vs Olympiacos, Porto vs Marseille

Group D

Atalanta 2-2 Ajax

Duván Zapata scored twice in seven minutes as Atalanta fought back from two down to draw with Ajax. Dušan Tadić had given the visitors the lead from the spot after Robin Gosens fouled Lassina Traoré in the area.

Traoré then doubled that advantage after Marco Sportiello spilled a cross, but Zapata hit back in style, heading his first before blasting in a second.

Key stat: Zapata is the 2020/21 Champions League top scorer with three goals.

03/11: Midtjylland vs Ajax, Atalanta vs Liverpool

Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland

Diogo Jota’s close-range strike and Mohamed Salah’s late penalty ensured Liverpool kept up their winning start. Midtjylland’s Anders Dreyer came closest to breaking the first-half deadlock. However, the Reds edged in front soon after the interval, Jota converting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, with Salah’s spot kick sealing matters.

Key stat: Jota’s opener was Liverpool’s 10,000th goal in all competitions.

03/11: Midtjylland vs Ajax, Atalanta vs Liverpool

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Iga Swiatek humiliates Pliskova to lift Rome Masters title

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Polish teenage star Iga Swiatek produced the best tennis of her short career to thrash Karolina Pliskova 6-0 6-0 to win the Rome WTA 1000 title on Sunday.

The match lasted just 46 minutes.

Swiatek dropped just 13 points in total – four in the first set and nine in the second, to record the double bagel.

She faced only four game points against her opponent as she claimed the most one-sided victory in the history of the event, since 1983.

This was when Andrea Temesvari defeated Bonnie Gadusek 6-1 6-0.

The French Open champion last year will climb five spots to No 10 in the rankings on Monday after sealing her third WTA title.

After winning the championship, Iga posted this on Twitter:

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Iheanacho, Ndidi make history as Leicester win first FA Cup title

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Two Super Eagles stars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, have won their first FA Cup title with Leicester City.
The Foxes’ long wait for an FA Cup trophy came to an end on Saturday after beating Chelsea 1-0 at the Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea, beaten in last year’s final by Arsenal, dominated the first half, but could not replicate the performance in the second stanza as Leicester comfortably controlled the half.
The intensity of the Foxes paid off in the 63rd minute when a screamer by Youri Tielemans proved unstoppable for Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Ben Chilwell, a former Leicester player, gave the Foxes a momentary scare as he battered in the ball following a goalmouth scramble in the 89th minute — but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled the goal offside.
No club has appeared in more FA Cup finals without lifting the trophy than Leicester, who have emerged losers four times.
Having broken their duck in their fifth attempt, Rodgers has now added a major English trophy to his resume, one which has been missing from his CV.
He is the first manager to have won the English and Scottish FA Cup since Sir Alex Ferguson (four Scottish FA Cup titles with Aberdeen and five English FA Cup titles with Manchester United).
Rodgers won the Scottish FA Cup with Celtic in 2017 and 2018.
Iheanacho and Ndidi have now joined Daniel Amokachi, Celestine Babayaro, Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka, John Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi, and Victor Moses on the list of Nigerian players who have lifted the English FA Cup trophy.

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Dele Alli spotted kissing Guardiola’s daughter

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and the daughter of Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, Maria, have been reportedly seen kissing in public.
An image has surfaced which shows Dele with his arms wrapped around a woman and leaning in for an intimate moment, with the other person in the photo reported to be Maria.
Apparently, neither of the two had a problem in publicly displaying their mutual affection, with The Sun claiming that they shared a kiss in a popular London night spot.

Dele Alli, aged 25, is said to have approached Maria, 20, at the bar before sharing a lengthy discussion that led to an intimate moment between the pair.
The Tottenham and England players has recently split up with 23-year-old model Ruby Mae after a lengthy relationship.
Mae ended her relationship with Dele after growing weary of his behaviour, which included his endless hours of playing Fortnite.
Maria, for her part, is alleged to have told her close circle that the pair are “just friends” and nothing more.

 

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