Salah strikes quickly, Lewandowski keeps Barcelona's hopes alive

Salah strikes quickly, Lewandowski keeps Barcelona’s hopes alive

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Mo Salah came off the bench to score the fastest hat trick in Champions League history as Liverpool beat Rangers 7-1 at Ibrox.

The Egyptian went on to lead his team 3-1 in the second half and scored a stunning hat-trick in just six minutes, 12 seconds to set a new benchmark in the competition.

Bafitimbe Gomes previously held the record in 2011 when he took eight minutes to complete his hat-trick in a 7-1 win for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb.

But Salah capped the moment with his own impressive contribution, after sealing a confidence-boosting win in Glasgow with the match ball for Liverpool, who are in a strong position to reach the last 16.

It was a night when Roberto Firmino looked like a hero _ scoring twice and setting up another for Darwin Nunes after Rangers went ahead in the first half.

But Salah ensured he dominated the headlines with three stunning goals.

Jurgen Klopp had opted to change with his team in full control when Nunez made it 3-1 in the 66th minute.

Salah scored the fourth goal for Liverpool in the 75th minute and then scored another goal in the 80th minute. He completed his hat-trick a minute later with another clinical strike.

Another substitute, Harvey Elliott, completed the scoring in 87.

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Barcelona 3, Inter Milan 3

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored in stoppage time to keep Barcelona alive — momentarily — in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Lewandowski’s late header helped the Catalan club draw 3-3 with Inter Milan after the visitors had taken a 3-2 lead in the 89th through Robin Goossens’ goal.

A loss would eliminate Barcelona in the group stage for the second season in a row.

But Xavi Hernandez’s team remains in a difficult position. Third-placed Barcelona have four points, three behind Inter in the battle for second place in Group C. Bayern Munich, who beat Viktoria Plzen 4-2 for their fourth win in a row, advanced with 12 points.

“It’s disappointing,” Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets said. “It’s a difficult group, but we have to do well after all the signings. It’s not settled yet, but now it’s more complicated because we don’t rely on ourselves anymore.”

The result leaves Inter in full control of their own destiny before games in Italy at last-place Pilsen and then Bayern Munich. Barcelona host Bayern before visiting Pilsen.

“This Champions League has been brutal for us,” Xavi said. “It’s very difficult to move forward now. It’s a shame.”

It will be the first time since 1999 that a Catalan club have failed to progress to the knockout stages in consecutive years, coinciding with Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain two seasons ago.

Bayern Munich 4, Viktoria Plzen 2

PLIZEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Leon Goretzka scored twice as Bayern Munich booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-2 victory over Czech champions Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane and Thomas Muller also scored as Bayern wrapped up a first-half result to ensure it would go on to win Group C thanks to Inter Milan’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Barcelona come to an end

Bayern lead with 12 points, Inter with 7, then Barcelona with 4, while Plze? So far down with zero points after four games.

Many of Bayern’s traveling supporters missed their team’s first goal by boycotting the first 12 minutes in protest against high ticket prices. Members of Club No. 12 and other Sodkurio Bayern fan groups issued a statement before the game saying that 70 euros ($68) for a cheap ticket was too much for the average supporter, and that they should pay 20 euros ( $19). They called on their club to use their position to “campaign for fundamental changes to save football as we know and love it.”

Meanwhile, the team continues to score. Bayern beat Pilsen 5-0 in Munich last week and wasted little time before kicking off in Pilsen.

Tottenham 3, Eintracht Frankfurt 2

LONDON (AP) – Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham came from behind and survived a late scare to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Harry Kane also scored to help Tottenham go top of Group D _ a point clear of Marseille and Sporting Lisbon _ with two rounds remaining.

Frankfurt took the lead in the 14th minute after poor defending from Eric Dier saw the England international mishandle in his own box. Jesper Lindström scored to steal possession and Dachi Kamada put the puck into the empty net.

Son equalized for the home team six minutes later — scoring after Kane’s decisive pass.

Then it was Kane’s turn to get on the scoresheet after being fouled by Kristijan Jacic in the box. He duly converted in the 28th minute — his 21st goal in 28 Champions League games.

Spurs looked to have the game sealed nine minutes before half-time when Son scored his second goal.

The South Korean hit an unstoppable first-time volley into the roof of the net after being picked out by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

He could have registered a hat-trick before the break but was twice denied by Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

The German team’s hopes looked even bleaker before the hour mark when they were reduced to 10 men. Tota was sent off for two yellow card offenses in the space of three minutes for Son’s foul.

But if the home crowd expected Spurs to extend their lead, it didn’t happen.

Instead, Farid Aledo headed home Mario Gotze’s 87th minute header to end a nervy finish.

Napoli 4, Ajax 2

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — The best players are on their way for Napoli and forward Khycha Kvartsakhelia.

Napoli progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to go from being one goal behind and Kvartsakhelia’s assist helped his side beat Ajax 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Italian club is in both Serie A and Champions League groups and is unbeaten in both competitions.

“We deserved to win. I’m proud of the team and the fans who really pushed us forward,” Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti said. “We saw the stars of the Champions League in the true sense of the word because at a certain point my head was spinning considering the incredible atmosphere created by our fans in the stadium.

“I am happy to be the coach of such a team. I have professional players here with technical quality. We have to continue to play the style we have always had and have the same mentality. I want to continue to champion the whole team. Give credit for what it is. A good evening.”

Napoli were firmly in control and were 2-0 up on 16 minutes thanks to goals from Hierwin Lozano and Giacomo Raspadori. Davy Klaasen pulled one back early in the second half but Karatsakhelia restored Napoli’s lead from the penalty spot.

Steven Bergwijn also converted a late penalty for Ajax before substitute Victor Osimian sealed the result on his return.

Atletico Madrid 0, Club Brugge 0

MADRID (AP) — No matter how, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will ensure Club Brugge gets the point it needs to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in three decades.

Mignolet made save after save, including his header in the final minutes at the Metropolitano Stadium, as Club Brugge drew 0-0 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to become the second Belgian club to win in Europe. reached the 16th round. .

“I’m happy that I was able to play such a big role for my team again,” said Mignolet, who has yet to be admitted in four Champions League games this season. “I didn’t really think about the clean sheet. It’s a nice bonus of course.”

Among Mignolet’s nine saves was a notable one from Alvaro Morata with his face in the final close-range shot.

“I just broke my whole body and was able to stand on my head,” the 34-year-old goalkeeper said. “The end justifies the means I guess.”

Mignolet and his team-mates celebrated wildly after the match as Club Brugge secured a place in the round of 16 for the first time since the stage was introduced in 2003-04. In 1992–93, it reached the last eight, which was then called the group stage. Club Brugge also played in the 1978 European Cup final, losing to Liverpool.

FC Porto 3, Leverkusen 0

LEVERKOSEN, Germany (AP) — Xabi Alonso’s first stint as a Champions League coach did not go according to plan.

Two goals from Mehdi Tremey from the penalty spot and excellent goalkeeping from Diego Costa led Porto to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, strengthening the Portuguese side’s bid to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League. qualified and left Leverkusen last in Group B.

A Champions League winner as a player with Liverpool and Real Madrid, Alonso took over as Leverkusen coach last week, after Gerardo Sion was sacked following a 2-0 loss away to Porto. This is Alonso’s first time as a first team head coach after working with the youth and reserve teams in Spain.

Marseille 2, Sport CP 0

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Two wins in two games gave Marseille a much-needed boost to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Marseille cruised to a 2-0 win at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday after the Portuguese side had two players sent off.

Sporting also had a player sent off in last week’s 4-1 loss to Marseille.

Marseille were bottom after two consecutive defeats but are now in second place, above Sporting on the head-to-head record and a point behind Group D leaders Tottenham after the English side beat Frankfurt 3-2.

It all went wrong for Sporting in the 19th when defender Ricardo Esgayo was sent off after two yellow cards in three minutes.

Asgayo’s second yellow card also saw him concede a penalty for a foul on Amin Harit. Mathieu Ginduzzi had never taken a penalty before but he sent the ball wide of the post to give Marseille the lead.

It was the first time Marseille had scored in a Champions League match since 2013.

Hart was also involved in Marseille’s second goal, ten minutes later, to tap in a cross for Alexis Sanchez. The goal was later awarded for possible offside by VAR.

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