UCL Round Up | Liverpool, Manchester City get easy wins; Tottenham Hotspur hold Real Madrid at Bernabeu

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UCL Round Up | Liverpool, Manchester City get easy wins; Tottenham Hotspur hold Real Madrid at Bernabeu

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SportsCafe Desk

10/18/2017

Manchester City and Liverpool moved one step closer to progressing into the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League as they registered convincing wins over Napoli and Maribor respectively. Spurs showed real grit and determination to hold defending champions Real Madrid to a draw at the Bernabeu.

Manchester City 2-1 Napoli

The Sky Blues continued their flawless winning streak on Tuesday as they overcame a tricky Napoli side 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium to retain the top spot in the Group F with maximum points from the first three games.

Despite some nervy moments at the end of the first half and second half, City’s early dominance was enough to see off the Italian club. City started the game with a bang with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus putting their names on the scoresheet with easy tap-ins with Napoli defence watching haplessly.

However, they gradually gained momentum after conceding twice in the first twelve minutes as Raul Albiol was brought down by Kyle Walker inside the box in the 38 minute. But, striker Dries Mertens saw it saved by Eduardo to their misfortune. Though the momentum did get Napoli back in the game in the second half when Amadou Diawara converted from the spot in the 73 minute, it was too late and the game finished 2-1.

Maribor 0-7 Liverpool

Liverpool vented out all their frustration from Saturday’s game on Maribor as they annihilated the Slovenian side 7-0 away from home to move atop Group E. The Reds went into the game disappointed after Jose Mourinho’s ‘park the bus’ tactics prevented Jurgen Klopp a result despite encouraging display from his players.

It took Liverpool just four minutes to start the goal fest as Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino opened his account from a Mohammad Salah assist. His compatriot Philippe Coutinho doubled the lead eight minutes later from a beautiful ball given by James Milner, which was followed by a brace by Salah that ended the game 4-0 at half-time.

Firmino was at the end of it again in the second half as he opened the scoring with his second from a Coutinho assist. The sixth goal came through Liverpool’s new signing Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, who scored his first goal for the club on Tuesday before full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold wrapped it up in the 90 minute to end it 7-0.

Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The Lilywhites finally proved they could handle heavyweights as they put on a brilliant display at Santiago Bernabeu to hold defending champions Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw. Madrid had won 21 and drawn two of their previous 23 Champions League group games at their home turf and were confident of seeing off the North London giants but for Harry Kane.

The English sensation has been amidst talks of a potential move to the Spanish capital and he justified his reputation with a terrific move in the 28 minute when his attempted flick from Serge Aurier’s cross caught Raphael Varane off guard and he turned it into his own net. Madrid were understandably the more dominant side but it took them until the 43 minute to get the equalizer when Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the spot after Aurier brought down Toni Kroos inside the box.

The hosts’ failure to capitalize on the goal saw Spurs get back into the game gradually with Kane almost finding the winner in the 70 minute as Kane was clean through on goal before Keylor Navas’ fingertip save prevented Spurs a historic win at the Bernabeu. Borussia Dortmund’s draw with APOEL Nicosia means both Spurs and Madrid are tied at top of the group.

APOEL 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Feyenoord 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Monaco 1-2 Besiktas

RB Leipzig 3-2 FC Porto

Spartak Moskva 5-1 Sevilla

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