Goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane helped Bayern Munich secure a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League to ruin Robert Lewandowski’s return to his old side.
Lewandowski left the Bundesliga champions this summer and endured a difficult night at the Allianz Arena after missing several chances in the Group C clash.
After a scoreless first half, Julian Nagelsmann’s men turned things up early in the second period when Hernandez headed in a Joshua Kimmich corner before a good play from Jamal Musiala Sane set up a home shot in the 54th minute to save Bayern after two Play to keep on top.
Edin Dzeko inspired Inter Milan to a 2-0 win at Viktoria Pilsen earlier in the day in the group.
While Romelu Lukaku was still sidelined with a hamstring problem, Dzeko made a fine opener for the Serie A side after 20 minutes, assisting Denzel Dumfries to pick up the points in the 70th minute.
Pilsen, bottom of the table, had already been reduced to 10 men after Pavel Bucha had received his marching orders on the hour.
Joel Matip was the unlikely hero to get Liverpool’s European season back on track as his 89th-minute header secured an arduous 2-1 win over Ajax in Group A.
After Jurgen Klopp declared the 4-1 defeat at Napoli a ‘horror show’, a response was needed at Anfield and Mohamed Salah’s opener helped ease tensions but the Dutch equalized before half-time.
Mohammed Kudus hit home well and Ajax were more likely to grab a second, only for Matip to head home a late corner to give Liverpool an important three points.
In Group D, Tottenham conceded two goals in added time and slipped 2-0 at Sporting Lisbon.
Spurs faced a frustrated evening as it looked like they were set to draw 0-0 in Portugal before everything went awry in the final minutes.
Paulinho nodded from a corner and then Arthur Gomes practically sauntered into the box with the final shot to put Sporting at the top of the group with two wins, while Marcus Edwards, a product of Tottenham’s academy, impressed against his old club.
Frankfurt joined Spurs on three points after they secured a 1-0 win in Marseille.
Jesper Lindstrom made the breakthrough two minutes before the break and, despite the substitution of Matteo Guendouzi and Cengiz Under, the hosts conceded their second straight defeat of the competition.
Atletico Madrid were in Group B at the end of a late show at Bayer Leverkusen.
The LaLiga side had scored twice in added time to beat Porto last week but Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby struck in the final six minutes of the encounter in Germany to secure a 2-0 win.
Club Brugge top the table after an impressive 4-0 away win at Porto.
Ferran Jutgla gave the visitors the lead after 15 minutes and Kamal Sowah, Andreas Skov Olsen and Antonio Nusa scored in the second half to give the Belgians an excellent win.
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