Euro round-up: Barca held after squandering 3-0 lead

Xavi had plenty to like and much more to lament about Barcelona’s wild 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday when his soon-to-be team squandered a three-goal half-time lead.

Playing their final match under caretaker-coach Sergi Barjuan before Xavi takes over as the club’s new full-time manager, Barcelona roared out to a 3-0 lead after playing one of their best halves of the season.

But injuries to Ansu Fati and Nico Gonzalez, who were having inspired performances, and the resurgence of Barca’s defensive doubts, helped Iago Aspas lead Celta back with a second-half double.

Aspas capped the comeback with one of the final kicks of the match when he scored from long range, while Barcelona were hunkered down in their box begging for the final whistle.

“We forgot we had to play the second half,” said a dejected Frenkie de Jong, who provided Barcelona’s only spark in the second half with a shot that hit the crossbar with the score at 3-2.

“We were too static, we need to show more character. This game was important to move up a bit in the table. It is a very hard blow.”

Barcelona remain in ninth place in La Liga.

Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid to a 2-1 win at home to Rayo Vallecano to go top of La Liga on Saturday.

Karim Benzema celebrates his goal
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Karim Benzema celebrates his goal

Real had drawn their last two league games at the Santiago Bernabeu 0-0 but got off to a strong start when Kroos drilled a shot into the top corner in the 14th minute after Marco Asensio had cut into the area from the right wing.

Their top-scorer Benzema doubled their lead in the 38th minute by knocking in a defence-splitting pass from defender David Alaba.

Real looked to be cruising their way to victory until Radamel Falcao came off the bench in the second half and soon scored a header, with the help of a deflection off Alaba, to put Rayo back in contention in the 76th minute.

The goal awakened the visitors and struck fear into the hosts as Rayo had two late chances to grab an equaliser, Kroos clearing the ball off the line following a goalmouth scramble and ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois tipping an Unai Lopez attempt over the bar.

The win took Real on to 27 points after 12 games, two above second-placed Real Sociedad who have also played 12 but can return to the summit if they beat Osasuna on Sunday

Ligue 1: Neymar double lifts PSG to 3-2 win at Bordeaux

Paris Saint-Germain stretched their advantage at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points after two goals by Brazil forward Neymar and another from Kylian Mbappe helped them to a 3-2 win at Girondins Bordeaux on Saturday.

PSG, who carved out a 3-0 lead before late goals by Bordeaux set up a tense finish, have 34 points from 13 games, ahead of second-placed Lens who beat Troyes 4-0 at home on Friday. Bordeaux stayed 16th on 12 points.

Neymar struck twice in the first half thanks to a pair of sublime assists by Mbappe, having opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a neat shot past two defenders inside the near post.

Neymar muted his celebrations and took off his jersey to unveil a message on his shirt paying tribute to Brazilian country singer Marilia Mendonca, who was killed in a plane crash in the state of Minas Gerais on Friday.

The second goal was of superior quality as Neymar raced down the left and exchanged a one-two with Mbappe, who set up the Brazilian with a cheeky back-heel for a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Mbappe made it 3-0 with a simple goal as Georginio Wijnaldum beat the offside trap and squared the ball to the forward who rolled it into an empty net in the 63rd minute, with Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoit Costil stranded.

The home side pulled one back in the 79th minute as striker Alberth Elis held off his marker and beat visiting ‘keeper Kaylor Navas from close range and PSG were forced to hang on after M’Baye Niang netted in stoppage time.

Bundesliga: Bayern win, Dortmund beaten

Robert Lewandowski scored his 60th goal of the year as leaders Bayern Munich won 2-1 against previously-unbeaten Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski knocked the ball in from close range in the 76th minute.

Leon Goretzka gave Bayern the lead in the 30th minute off a slick team passing move and could have scored more in the second half, when he hit the post with one shot and clipped the crossbar with another.

Janik Haberer ensured a nervy finish when he scored for Freiburg in added time.

Christopher Nkunku scored one and set up another as Leipzig beat second-place Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to ease the pressure on their American coach Jesse Marsch.

Leipzig piled on the pressure from the start and finally went ahead in the 29th minute when Nkunku picked up a long pass from Josko Gvardiol and rounded the goalkeeper to score. Marco Reus levelled for Dortmund early in the second half but Leipzig hit back when Nkunku crossed for Yussuf Poulsen to tap in at the far post.

A day after getting his first call-up to the German national team, striker Lukas Nmecha scored the only goal of the game in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 win over Augsburg.

Relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld got their first league win of the season, beating Stuttgart 1-0 thanks to Japanese winger Masaya Okugawa’s goal on the counter.

Serie A: Last-gasp Cuadrado winner ends Juventus slump with Fiorentina win

Juan Cuadrado’s stoppage-time strike earned Juventus a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday as the Turin club ended a three-match winless league run.

The Colombian substitute beat goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano at his near post with a powerful effort in the dying minutes to clinch victory, despite a poor Juve performance in which they failed to muster a shot on target until the 86th minute.

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Juventus’ players celebrate their late win over Fiorentina

Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic’s dismissal in the 73rd minute injected some life into the home side as Federico Chiesa blasted a shot off the crossbar and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside, before Cuadrado broke through at the death.

The result leaves eighth-placed Juventus on 18 points, level with Fiorentina above them.

CL round-up: Benzema leads Real to victory, PSG held

Karim Benzema struck twice to lead Real Madrid to an unconvincing 2-1 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday and move the Spanish side provisionally three points clear at the top of Champions League Group D.

Real went ahead in the 15th minute when Vinicius Jr. stole the ball from a Shakhtar defender and set up Benzema to score with a powerful shot from inside the box.

Ukraine’s Shakhtar equalised five minutes before half-time with a stunning counter-attack finished off by Fernando.

Benzema and Vinicius Jr. combined again for the Real winner just after the hour mark, the latter linking up well with Casemiro before teeing up the France striker to find the net again.

A ruthless second-half performance earned Inter Milan a comfortable 3-1 win away to Sheriff Tiraspol to send them above the Moldovan debutants into second place in Group D.

Karim Benzema tucks home from close range
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Karim Benzema tucks home from close range

Inter were left frustrated as they mustered 14 attempts to no avail before the break, but the hosts’ resistance eventually broke when Marcelo Brozovic fired home early in the second half.

Milan Skriniar doubled the Nerazzurri’s lead before substitute Alexis Sanchez powered home a third within a minute of his introduction, and Adama Traore headed in a stoppage-time consolation for Sheriff.

Inter climbed into second spot on seven points, one ahead of Sheriff in third and six clear of bottom side Shakhtar Donetsk, but two points adrift of group leaders Real Madrid.

Group A: RB Leipzig seal dramatic point against PSG

Dominik Szoboszlai's late penalty rescued RB Leipzig
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Dominik Szoboszlai’s late penalty rescued RB Leipzig

Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first two goals for his new club Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday but a stoppage-time penalty for RB Leipzig rescued a 2-2 draw in their Champions League Group A game.

The Dutchman, who had struggled this season after joining from Liverpool, struck in the 21st minute and headed in another goal six minutes before halftime.

Leipzig, eliminated from the competition with just one point from four matches, had taken the lead through Christopher Nkunku in the eighth minute and they missed the chance to double it when Andre Silva’s 12th-minute penalty was saved.

Substitute Dominik Szoboszlai did better from the spot in second-half stoppage time, however, to rescue a point for the Germans.

Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring City's fourth goal
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Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring City’s fourth goal

Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Club Brugge to move to within sight of the Champions League knockout rounds although it was not a trouble-free night for Pep Guardiola’s side.

In the end, goals by Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus earned a comfortable enough victory to leave City top of Group A with nine points after Paris St Germain drew with RB Leipzig.

But there were periods after a John Stones own goal gave Brugge an early equaliser in which City looked uncomfortable.

Group B: Porto pegged back by Milan

Luis Diaz celebrates his early opener in Milan
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Luis Diaz celebrates his early opener in Milan

AC Milan earned their first Champions League point of the season with a 1-1 draw against Porto at San Siro, but the result left the seven-time European champions on the brink of elimination.

Luis Diaz struck after six minutes to put the Portuguese side in front and they dominated the first half against an under-par Rossoneri side.

An own goal from Chancel Mbemba drew Milan level after the break and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal ruled out for offside, as the Italians’ wait for a victory goes on. Porto rose to second place with five points, four ahead of bottom side Milan.

Diogo Jota celebrates after putting Liverpool 1-0 up against Atletico Madrid at Anfield
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Diogo Jota celebrates after putting Liverpool 1-0 up

Liverpool marched into the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games to spare after a convincing 2-0 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid at Anfield guaranteed them top spot in Group B.

Diogo Jota put Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead in the 13th minute, nodding home at the back post after a great cross from the right by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Alexander-Arnold was again the provider for the second eight minutes later when his low ball into the box was brilliantly met by Sadio Mane who fired past Jan Oblak.

The Spanish side’s troubles intensified after Felipe was sent off in the 36th minute for a deliberate trip on Mane that earned him a harsh straight red.

Group C: Ajax win at Dortmund to qualify for last 16

Sebastien Haller was on the scoresheet once more
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Sebastien Haller was on the scoresheet once more

Ajax came from behind to beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Champions League Group C and advance to the knockout stages of the competition.

Goals from Dusan Tadic, Sebastien Haller and Davy Klaassen in the last 19 minutes maintained the Dutch club’s 100% record after Marco Reus had converted a first-half penalty for the home team, who had to play for an hour with 10 men after Mats Hummels was sent off.

Ajax moved to 12 points at the top of the standings and booked a place in the last-16 with two matches to play. Dortmund share second spot with Sporting Lisbon on six points.

A double from Pedro Goncalves helped Sporting to a dominant 4-0 Champions League home win over Besiktas.

An injury-hit Besiktas were steamrollered by Sporting who scored their first three goals in a 10-minute spell late in the first half.

Former Wolves youngster Goncalves put in a man-of-the-match display, firing the hosts into a 2-0 lead while Paulinho scored their third from a counter-attack before halftime.

Pablo Sarabia wrapped up the scoring early in the second half. Besiktas are bottom and without a point.

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
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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
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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
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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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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between Union Berlin and Bayern Munich

“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
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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
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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.

Real edge Barca in Clasico | Koeman confronted by fans

Goals in each half from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez saw Real Madrid win 2-1 at Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday, leading Barca fans to confront Ronald Koeman as he left the Nou Camp in his car after the game.

Alaba – making his Clasico debut – opened the scoring after 32 minutes with a thumping long-range strike, before Vazquez doubled the visitors’ lead in second-half stoppage time.

Despite Sergio Aguero coming off the bench to score a late consolation for Barcelona on his Clasico debut too, Madrid hung on to hand Carlo Ancelotti his first managerial win at the Nou Camp.

As a result, Real went second in the La Liga standings on goal difference from Sevilla and moved one point behind league leaders Real Sociedad after their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Barca stay eighth.

Following the game, footage posted on social media appeared to show Koeman’s car being surrounded by fans as he drove away from the Nou Camp.

A crowd of supporters could be seen hitting Koeman’s vehicle and angrily reacting to their latest loss as the 58-year-old tried to drive away from the stadium.

In response, Barcelona posted a statement on their official Twitter account which read: “Barcelona publicly condemn the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Nou Camp.

“The club will take security and disciplinary measures so that such unfortunate events do not happen again.”

How Real edged Barcelona

If there was a strange feeling in the Catalan air ahead of kick-off in the first Clasico of the La Liga season, it was probably because this was the first match between these two archrivals not featuring either Lionel Messi or Sergio Ramos since 2004.

All of which may have explained the lacklustre first half an hour, the standout moment being Sergino Dest’s horror miss after seemingly being laid a goal on his plate after good work down the left by Memphis Depay.

Maybe that lucky escape woke Real up, with the visitors taking the lead moments later after a fabulous breakaway goal involving Alaba, who won back possession on the edge of his own box, before Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo took the move into Barca’s half.

However, Alaba still had much to do after being picked out by Rodrygo’s incisive pass, with the Austria international finding the top righthand corner of the net with a swerving drive from the edge of the box.

Real deserved their half-time lead, although Gerard Pique was inches away from heading the hosts level from a corner 10 minutes before the break, with Barcelona manager Koeman then deciding to introduce former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho at the interval.

The second period was cagey, with Madrid largely playing on the counter as they went in search of a second goal, which the outstretched Karim Benzema very nearly provided with 18 minutes to go.

Koeman then thew on another ex-Premier League player in Aguero, but it was Real who got the crucial next goal in injury time after another pacy break involving substitute Marco Asensio, whose low shot across the goal was only partially kept out by Marc-Andre ter Stegen at full stretch, allowing Vasquez a simple tap in at the far post.

Aguero was on hand to side-foot home Dest’s low centre for his first Clasico goal, but it was too little, too late as far as Koeman and Barca were concerned as the Dutchman became only the second manager in history to lose his first three Clasicos.

What the managers said

Barcelona manager Ronaldo Koeman: “I think the team did all they could to level up the match but we didn’t have much time after going 2-1 down. We’re disappointed with the result but not for what we did as a team.

“In today’s match, we showed that we are not inferior to Madrid, but instead of being 1-0 up, we went 1-0 down and this had a huge impact on the match.

“But I think we showed that little by little we are improving and that we are closer to win a big match and that’s how it is.

“Normally in a Clasico, it means something more [than just losing three points] if you are Barcelona. I get this perfectly. But there’s no time to cry about it because on Wednesday we have another match.”

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti: “I think it was a practical and clever display. We were good defensively, with the ball in the first half, we could have done better with the build-up from behind, we got some passes wrong, but very effective with our counter-attacks.

“Clearly this team has this quality and we have to take advantage of it. Nothing more. I am happy, we gained three points. It’s been a difficult game. Barcelona’s performance has made the match tough for us. It hasn’t been an easy game and the fact that we won, it makes us happy.

“I think we are competitive. The team is very solid and our goal is to still be solid a bit farther down the road. This is what we plan to do, but we must consider that we played against a great team, which played a very good game and made our life difficult.

“But the fact that we were able to suffer all together, without losing control even when we didn’t have the ball is a virtue of ours.”

What’s next?

Both sides are next in action in La Liga on Wednesday, with Barcelona travelling to Real Vallecano (6pm), while Real host Osasuna (8.30pm).

CL round-up: Messi double rescues PSG

Lionel Messi scored twice in quick succession, including an exquisite Panenka-style penalty, to rescue Paris Saint-Germain as they rallied to beat RB Leipzig 3-2 at the Parc des Princes.

Messi equalised in the 67th minute, poking home from close range after goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi tipped his first shot onto the post before dinking a penalty down the middle for his third goal since joining PSG from Barcelona.

Messi scored a Panenka-style penalty against RB Leipzig
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Messi scored a Panenka-style penalty against RB Leipzig

Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring for the hosts in the ninth minute before goals from Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele turned the game in RB Leipzig’s favour.

However, Messi took over in the closing stages to secure an important win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

In Group A’s other game, Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Man City produced a scintillating attacking display to crush Club Brugge 5-1 in Belgium.

Group B: Porto inflict more pain on Milan

AC Milan suffered a third straight defeat in this season's Champions League
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AC Milan suffered a third straight defeat in this season’s Champions League

Despite being unbeaten in Serie A so far this season, AC Milan cannot find a way to win in the Champions League.

Making their first group-phase appearance in eight years, Milan were beaten 1-0 at Porto in Group B on Tuesday for their third straight defeat in the competition thanks to Luis Diaz’s 65th-minute winner.

It’s the first time that Milan, who brought Zlatan Ibrahimovic on in the second half, have lost the first three matches in the group stage of the Champions League.

Elsewhere in the group, Liverpool lead the way with a maximum nine points from their three games following victory at Atletico Madrid.

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool eventually won a thrilling battle with Atletico Madrid 3-2, in a game which featured an Antoine Griezmann-inspired two-goal comeback from the hosts before he was sent off, and then late VAR drama when the Spanish side were awarded a penalty.

Group C: Big wins for Ajax and Sporting

Ajax hammered Borussia Dortmund 4-0
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Ajax hammered Borussia Dortmund 4-0

Ajax produced a dominant display to rout Borussia Dortmund 4-0 and keep up their 100 per cent record in the Champions League this season.

An early own goal by Marco Reus from Dusan Tadic’s free kick was followed by decisive strikes from Daley Blind, Brazilian winger Antony and Sebastien Haller.

Ajax, who moved a step closer to a place in the next stage of the competition with victory, lead Group C by three points ahead of their previously unbeaten German visitors.

In the other game in Group C, Sebastian Coates waited years to score his first Champions League goal but only 12 minutes for the next one in Sporting Lisbon’s big win over Besiktas.

The Sporting captain scored two headers in almost identical circumstances and won a penalty for good measure, as he led his team to a 4-1 win in Turkey.

The Uruguay defender was left unmarked to head in when Pedro Goncalves’ corner was flicked on by Goncalo Inacio at the near post in the 15th minute before Cyle Larin equalised for Besiktas nine minutes later with a towering header from another corner.

Sporting restored the lead in the 27th minute with Coates’ second header, from the same position, again after a corner was flicked on and he nearly made it a hat-trick with yet another header, but this time Besiktas captain Domagoj Vida put his arm in the way as the Croatian gave away a penalty, converted by Pablo Sarabia just before half-time.

Paulinho hit the post and the crossbar in the second half, and finally scored with a curling shot in the 89th minute to wrap up the visitors’ victory.

Group D: Real get CL campaign back on track

Vinicius Junior scored twice as Real Madrid beat  Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0
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Vinicius Junior scored twice as Real Madrid beat Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0

Vinicius Junior scored twice, including a wonderful solo goal, as Real Madrid put their Champions League campaign back on track with a 5-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who responded in fine style to their embarrassing defeat in their previous Champions League match against Sheriff, took the lead in the 37th minute when Shakhtar captain Sergiy Kryvtsov turned Lucas Vazquez’s cross into his own net.

Vinicius Junior then lit up the second half by clipping the ball over goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin after being played in by Luka Modric before scoring again five minutes later, cutting past Dodo and then Kryvtsov in the penalty area before finding a finish.

He then set up fellow Brazilian Rodrygo before Karim Benzema completed the rout in stoppage time after getting on the end of Marco Asensio’s cross.

The comprehensive victory sees the 13-time European champions move up to second place in Group D on six points.

Meanwhile, Sheriff remain top of the group based on the head-to-head with Madrid, despite losing 3-1 at Inter Milan.

Edin Dzeko scored one goal and set up another as Inter finally kick-started their Champions League campaign over previously unbeaten Sheriff on Tuesday.

Dzeko scored the opener and then set up Arturo Vidal for his side’s second, shortly after Sebastien Thill had equalised for Sheriff.

However, Stefan de Vrij all but sealed Inter’s first win of this season’s Champions League in the 67th minute.