Champions League: Barcelona in big trouble, Napoli on fire

Barca vs Inter

Inter Milan beat Barcelona to leave the Catalans in danger of exiting the Champions League group stage, for the second year in a row.

Inter thought they had been awarded a penalty in the 24th minute after Eric García had been adjudged to have handled in the box.

However, the referee consulted VAR and to overturned the decision after discovering that Lautaro Martínez was offside in the build-up.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu scored the only goal of the game in first half stoppage-time, drilling a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

Pedri thought he had pulled Barcelona level before seeing the goal ruled out for a handball by Ansu Fati.

Inter 1: Barcelona 0

Scorer: Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2′.

Napoli vs Ajax

Napoli stunned the Johan Cruijff ArenA after hitting Ajax for six.

It had started well for the Eredivisie champions when Mohammed Kudus gave them the lead inside the first ten minutes.

However, Napoli pulled level when Giacomo Raspadori headed Mathías Olivera’s cross into the bottom corner.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo rose highest to head Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s cross home to give Luciano Spalletti’s men the lead before Piotr Zieliński made it three in first half stoppage-time.

Piotr Zielinski

Things didn’t get much better after the break for Ajax as goalkeeper Remko Pasveer’s poor clearance led to Raspadori finishing from inside the box.

Kvaratskhelia got in on the act with a smart finish after playing a one-two inside the box with Raspadori before Giovanni Simeone came off the bench to round things off.

Napoli 6: Ajax 1

Scorers: Kudus 9′; Raspadori 18′, 47′, Di Lorenzo 33′, Zielinski 45+1′, Kvaratskhelia 63′, Simeone 81′.

Liverpool vs Rangers

Liverpool got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Rangers at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Jürgen Klopp’s team the lead in the seventh minute with a stunning free-kick which rifled into the top corner from 30 yards.

Trent Alexander Arnold

Liverpool were then awarded a penalty when Luis Díaz was felled in the box which was dispatched down the middle by Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool 2: Rangers 0

Scorers: Alexander-Arnold 7′, Salah (PEN) 53′.

Club Brugge vs Atletico Madrid

Club Brugge made it three wins out of three after stunning Atlético Madrid.

The Belgian champions had already put Porto and Bayer Leverkusen to the sword in their first two games and have added Diego Simeone’s side to their list of victims.

Ferran Jutgla wriggled through the Atlético defence and turned a low ball across the face of the goal for Kamal Sowah to touch home to give Brugge the lead.

Before Jutgla himself made it two in the second half after placing the ball past Jan Oblak from 15 yards out following some strong hold-up play by Tajon Buchanan.

Atlético drop to bottom of the group with three points from their first three games.

Club Brugge 2: Atletico 0

Scorers: Sowah 38′, Jutgla 62′.


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