European Champions: Barcelona face the risk of an early exit

Barcelona, ​​the star-studded Spanish club, face the risk of exiting the European Champions League group stage by falling to a 3-3 draw with Inter Milan in the fourth round on Wednesday, while the clubs from Bayern Munich, Napoli and Club Brugge from Belgium joined the ranks of the qualifiers for the final prize. .

The trio of Napoli (Group I), Club Brugge (Second) and Bayern Munich (Third) joined defending champions Real Madrid (Sixth) and Manchester City (Seventh), who booked their tickets on Tuesday.

And at the “Spotify Camp Nou” stadium, Barcelona entered the game determined to win and make up for its 0-1 loss in the first leg to take control of the last two games, but have a difficult draw picked up from his guest Inter, who became a candidate to qualify at his expense because it is sufficient for him to beat his guest, Viktoria Plzen, the Czech The weak in the fifth round to achieve his goal and beat the Catalan team pressure to complete the continental journey in the European League (Europa League) ), because the latter performs better in the two direct confrontations.

Inter have seven points against 4 for the Catalan club.

Barcelona opened the scoring when Sergi Roberto delivered a cross into the area, followed by French international Osman Dembele’s close-range effort into the net (40).

At the start of the second half, Nicolo Barilla slipped in behind the Barcelona defense and took advantage of a forward pass by Alessandro Bastoni, who hit the ceiling of the net and equalized (50).

Inter took advantage of a quick counter-attack in which the ball reached Argentina’s Lautaro Martinis from Turkey international Hakan Calhanoglu, so he set it up brilliantly for himself on his chest, dislodging Eric Garcia’s control before finishing with a powerful crawler hit. hits the two posts and wobbles into the net (63).

Poland international Robert Lewandowski equalized when the ball rebounded inside the area of ​​an Inter defender, and he headed it back into the net (82).

The Catalan team threw all its weight to get the three points of the game, but Inter surprised them with a quick counterattack that German Robin Gousens finished in the net (89).

Barcelona refused to come out with a loss and kept their faint hopes alive when Lewandowski rose to the ball superbly with his head and put it into the net (90 + 2).

In the same group, Bayern Munich took the final prize by defeating its host Viktoria Plzen, the Czech Republic, 4-2.

He took turns scoring goals for Bayern’s Senegalese Sadio Mane (10), Thomas Muller (14) and Leon Gruitska (25 and 35), while Adam Velkanova (62) and Jan Clement (75) scored Viktoria Plzen’s goals. .

The victory is the fourth in a row for the Bavarian team, which increases its score to 12 points.

After scoring his four goals in the first 35 minutes of the game, Bayern Munich, whose captain Manuel Neuer was absent with a slight shoulder injury, and attacking midfielder Jamal Musiyala, who contracted Covid-19, relaxed and two conceded goals in the second. half.

Napoli followed Bayern Munich’s example by claiming their fourth successive victory as they beat Ajax Amsterdam 4-2.

Mexican Hirving Lossano (4), Jacomo Rasbadori (16), Georgian Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (62 penalty), Nigerian Victor Osimhen (90) scored Napoli goals, and Davi Clans (49) and Stephen Berchvin (83 penalty) scored the goals of Ajax Amsterdam.

Napoli consolidated their position at the top of Group A with 12 points, three ahead of Liverpool, who beat their Scottish hosts Rangers with a 7-1 victory, while Ajax’s balance froze on three points in third place.

In the same group, Liverpool unleashed their fury on hosts Rangers, thrashing them 7-1, including a hat-trick for Egypt international substitute Mohamed Salah (75, 80, 82) and a brace from Brazilian Roberto Firmino (24 and 55).

Salah scored his hat-trick in six minutes and 12 seconds, which is the fastest in the history of the competition, according to Opta statistics.

Liverpool made up for falling to hosts Arsenal 2-3 in the league on Saturday and confirmed their readiness for the upcoming summit at home to Manchester City on Sunday, also continuing their continental awakening with a third straight win.

Club Brugge continued their amazing performances and punched the ticket to qualify for the final prize by coming back with a point with a nil-0 draw against Atletico Madrid, Spain.

Brugge have won their first three games in the competition, including the first leg against Atletico Madrid 2-0 last week, taking their tally to 10 points, six ahead of Atletico Madrid, and seven points each against Bayer Leverkusen and Porto. what plays later

Club Brugge has attracted attention in the continental competition this season by winning its three matches in addition to a draw today without conceding a goal.

Brugge’s international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet established himself as a star of the game, saving his goal for more than one dangerous ball, especially in the first half.

Brugge finished the match with ten men after their Ghanaian striker, Kamal Swah (82), was sent off.

In the same group, Porto bolstered its hopes, joined by Club Brugge, with a stunning victory over German hosts Bayer Leverkusen with three clean sheets, interspersed with Brazilian Galino (6) and Iranian Mehdi Taremi (53 and 64 from two penalties ).

Karim Demirbay missed a penalty kick for Leverkusen in the 16th minute.

Porto increased its score to 6 points, against 4 for Atletico and 3 for Leverkusen.

It is the first defeat for Leverkusen in the second game under new Spanish coach Xabi Alonso, who led them to a big 4-0 victory over hosts Schalke in the Bundesliga.

In Group D, Tottenham Hotspur and French Marseille were the biggest beneficiaries of this round after the first victory over Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2, including two goals for South Korean Heung-Min Son and another for Harry Kane, while the second with ‘ a valuable away win over Sporting Portugal 2-0. In a match that the latter ended with nine players after his players Ricardo Asgayo and Pedro Gonçalves were sent off in the 19th and 60th minutes.

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