MADRID (AP) – Barcelona’s high-powered attack failed against Inter Milan and the Italian club won on Tuesday in the battle for second place in their Champions League group, while Bayern Munich and Napoli The impression continued and Club Brugge secured a surprising third. straight win
Inter beat Barcelona 1-0 at home to move into position to secure the second qualifying spot in Group C, which is led by Bayern Munich after comfortably beating Viktoria Plzen 5-0. And set a record of 31 consecutive unbeaten matches in the group stage of the competition. .
Napoli impressed with a 6-1 win at Ajax, while Belgian champions Club Brugge also kept a perfect record with a home win over Atletico Madrid, which saw Antoine Griezmann miss a penalty kick.
Liverpool got their second win by beating Rangers 2-0, while Porto got their first by beating Bayern Leverkusen by the same scoreline.
A moment of silence was observed before all matches in memory of the victims of the stadium tragedy in Indonesia.
Hakan Chalanoglu scored the winner in first-half stoppage time to give Inter a win over Barcelona and take sole possession of second place in a Bayern-dominated group.
Inter prevailed as their defense successfully contained striker Robert Lewandowski and Barcelona’s attack outscored their opponents 24-4 in nine games.
Barcelona complained loudly when a goal was disallowed for handball and then a penalty was disallowed for another handball by Inter on the stroke of half-time.
“I’m mad because it wasn’t fair,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said. “We don’t know anything. The referee has to explain what happened publicly.
The victory eased some pressure on Inter coach Simone Inzaghi after the team’s poor start to the season.
Inter now face Barcelona in the next round at the Camp Nou. The Catalan club are three points behind Inter and six points behind Bayern.
With the win at home to Plzeň, Bayern surpassed Real Madrid’s unbeaten run of 30 in the Champions League group stage between 2012-17.
Bayern, who got two goals from Leroy Sane, are also unbeaten at home in Europe’s top competition since a 3-2 loss to Manchester City in 2013. Since then they have won 25 games and drawn one in Munich.
Bayern played without Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich due to coronavirus infections.
The Way of Napoli
Napoli continued their streak with their worst European defeat against Ajax, beating Bayern Munich 5-1 in 1980.
“It was a difficult, painful evening for us. Ajax did not deserve it,” said the coach of the Dutch team, Alfred Schrader.
Napoli have scored 13 goals in three Group A games so far this Champions League campaign. It leads Serie A, where it also remains unbeaten.
Liverpool stayed close in the group after beating Rangers at home with goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah. It was Liverpool’s second straight European win, following their defeat at Ajax and their opening group defeat to Napoli.
Ajax remained third with three points, while Rangers had zero.
Club Brugge’s dream run in the Champions League continued with an unprecedented third win over Atletico to open the group stage.
Ferran Jatgla scored a goal and added an assist as the Belgian club moved six points clear of all other teams in Group B.
It was the second straight defeat in European competition for Atletico, who dropped to last place after Porto picked up their first points with a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, who missed a penalty kick. .
A goalkeeper’s dream
After losing their opening two in Group D, Marseille ended Sporting’s perfect record thanks to a mistake from the visiting goalkeeper in a 4-1 win.
Antonio Adan made mistakes in the first two goals and was shown a red card in the 23rd minute for handling the ball outside his area.
Sporting, looking for their third straight win, opened the scoring in the first minute. The Portuguese side still lead the group with six points, two more than Tottenham and Eintracht, who drew 0-0 in Germany.
The match in Marseille, played without fans last month due to fan trouble, was delayed for more than 20 minutes after the bus carrying the visiting team’s players got caught in traffic and arrived late at the Velodrome stadium.