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Champions League October 27th– Round-Up

The first set of matches in the second round of the Group Stages of the Champions League was played on October 27th.

Prize for the lucky escape of the night went to Real Madrid. The Spanish champions had lost their opening fixture to Shakhtar Donetsk at home last week and were within three minutes of going down to another defeat away in Germany at Borussia Monchengladbach, trailing by two goals.  However, Karim Benzema pulled a goal back and midfielder Casemiro equalised three minutes into added time.

Shakhtar also drew, at home to Inter Milan in a match that finished goalless. The Italians though hit the bar twice and missed a host of chances.

The two English sides playing on the night both won, but in contrasting styles. Liverpool made very heavy weather of defeating the Danish side FC Midtjylland at Anfield. The Premier League champions took the lead through new signing Diego Jota, but the result was in doubt until the end, until an injury-time penalty from Mo Salah gave a false gloss to the score line.

By contrast, Manchester City shrugged-off the fact they had no recognised striker and recorded a three nil win away at Marseille, with goals from Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan, and Raheem Sterling.

Ajax had managed 13 goals in their last league game but had to content themselves with just the two in the first half in their match against Atalanta. That was not enough to secure victory, however, as the Italian side hit back with two second-half goals from Dusán Zapata.

The defending champions Bayern Munich, meanwhile, made it 13 consecutive wins in the competition, but were pushed hard by Lokomotiv Moscow. Bayern took an early lead, but the Russians hit back and looked like they might end that winning sequence until a fine volley from Joshua Kimmich won it for the Germans.

Atlético Madrid were also forced to dig deep against RB Salzburg. Fernando Llorente gave them the lead, but two goals either side of half-time saw the Austrians edge in front. It took a brace from record signing João Felix to decide the matter in favour of the home side.

In the final match of the evening, a goal in each half enabled the Portuguese champions FC Porto to beat the Greek side Olympiakos.

Shantanu Gupta predominantly writes for the sister sites of Inplay Cricket India, Inplay Sports India and Indian Cricket World. Having grown up around the intense rivalries of cricket Shantanu took to a journalistic career in following the sport whilst also remaining mindful of other key sports of interest to Indian sports fans. You’ll see him not only writing about cricket but also covering football, tennis and more.

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