Wed, Oct 23, 2019 8:08

Dybala inspires Juve win as Sterling, Mbappe hit trebles


Juventus forward Paulo Dybala scored twice in three minutes late in the game to give the Turin side a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow Tuesday after the Russians had taken a shock first-half lead.

Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to grab a second-half hat-trick and inspire Paris Saint Germain to a runaway 5-0 victory at Belgium's Club Brugge

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala scored twice in three minutes late in the game to give the Turin side a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow Tuesday after the Russians had taken a shock first-half lead.

Aleksei Miranchuk stunned the Juventus stadium by putting the visitor ahead after half an hour of the Group D match despite the home side having 70% of possession in the first half.

Lokomotiv's blanket defence frustrated the Serie A champion until Dybala equalized with an exquisite shot from outside the area in the 77th minute and the Argentine struck again three minutes later to complete a dramatic win.

 Juve stayed level with Atletico Madrid on seven points at the top of the group with Lokomotiv on three and Bayer Leverkusen still to get off the mark.

 Atletico substitute Alvaro Morata scored a late second half header to give his team a 1-0 victory over Leverkusen.

 In a game of few chances and many mistakes neither team came close to breaking the deadlock before Morata scored with a powerful downward header from a Renan Lodi cross in the 78th minute, giving his team a major boost for a top two finish and a spot in the knockout stage.

The Germans are all but eliminated in the run for a spot in the last 16.

 Atletico, who have now failed to score during the first half in their last six Champions League matches, lacked spark and intensity in the first half, with Leverkusen in control in midfield.

 The visitor gradually started finding pockets of space with Kevin Volland and Kerem Demirbay but they also were missing the final pass.

 Lodi completed a quickfire move with a fine first touch and shot to test Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky in a rare Atletico attack in the first half.

 The game picked up the pace after the break with the host becoming more aggressive and Diego Costa in front of goal narrowly missing to connect with a Kieran Trippier cross.

 Morata did it better in the 78th when he headed in Lodi's cross for the winner.

Raheem Sterling scored an 11-minute hat-trick and had a hand in all five goals as Manchester City came from behind to thump Italian side Atalanta 5-1 in their Group C encounter.

 Forward Sergio Aguero also scored two in the first half at the City of Manchester Stadium, but England winger Sterling was the star of the show as the home side made it three wins from three to open up a five-point lead at the midway point of the pool.

 Atalanta have now lost all three of their group matches in their debut season in the Champions League, but started brightly and had the lead via a Ruslan Malinovsky penalty.

 City  were ruthless in their response though and drove forward. They finished the game with 10 men after teenager Phil Foden received a second yellow card on 83 minutes.

 Atalanta showed admirable ambition in the opening stages and were rewarded on 28 minutes.

 Malinovsky converted the penalty after Fernandinho had brought down Josip Ilicic just inside the box.

 If City were rattled by going behind, they did not show it and instead lifted the tempo of their play.

 They were level six minutes later when Sterling's magnificent cross was turned into the net from close-range by Aguero.

Sterling won a penalty when his surging run was illegally stopped by defender Andrea Masiello for the second clear spot-kick of the night.

 Aguero drilled the ball low into the left-hand corner for the lead, but the half ended on a sour note when City’s makeshift centre-back Rodri limped off with a hamstring problem to be replaced by John Stones, himself only just back from a thigh problem.

 Sterling got the goal his performance richly deserved on 58 minutes as Kevin De Bruyne picked out Foden in the box and the latter's lay-off was easy for the winger to finish.

 Five minutes later and he had another.

 Played into space on the left, he turned inside the covering defender and provided an emphatic finish, before his hat-trick was complete when he poked home a Riyad Mahrez cross from close-range.

 Sterling should have had a fourth too when Foden’s excellent pass sent him clear on goal, but he put the ball the wrong side of the post.

 Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to grab a second half hat-trick and inspire Paris Saint Germain to a runaway 5-0 victory at Belgium's Club Brugge.

 The win kept up their 100% record in Group A with the French team on nine points at the halfway mark and on the cusp of qualification for the next phase, a comfortable five points ahead of second placed Real Madrid.

 Mauro Icardi put PSG into a seventh minute lead but it was only after World Cup winner Mbappe, working his way back after a hamstring injury, came on early in the second half that they clicked into gear.

 PSG's opener was simply done with a long ball over the top from skipper Thiago Silva to find Angel di Maria, who in turn slipped a square pass for his fellow Argentine to convert.

 Mbappe came on shortly after halftime and within nine minutes had PSG further ahead.

 His quick footwork set up Di Maria for a square pass that Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet got a hand to, serving only to pop it up in the air for a quick-thinking Mbappe to head back over him and into the net.

 Mbappe then set up the third for Icardi two minutes later after a defensive slip.

 Di Maria was again the provider as Mbappe made it 4-0 in the 79th minute and then completed his hat-trick four minutes later.

 On both occasions it was the pace of the 20-year-old in carving his way past the Brugge defence and his deft finishing that underlined his prowess.

 Brugge have two points from their three group games and go to Paris for their next Champions League match on Nov. 6.

  A goal from German midfielder Toni Kroos gave Real their first win of this season's Champions League with a 1-0 victory at Galatasaray.

 Eden Hazard cut the ball back to Kroos in the 18th minute, whose side-footed effort found its way into the roof of the net via a deflection.

 It was an end-to-end encounter with both teams able to create many chances.

 Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to deny the home side twice in the first half.

 Zinedine Zidane's side were without Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

 However, Galatasaray were also missing a talisman of their own as Colombian striker Radamel Falcao did not feature due to an ongoing injury.

 Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur rekindled their Champions League hope with a club record 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade.

 After suffering their heaviest home defeat in Europe on matchday two, a 7-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich, they responded to claim their biggest win in the Champions League.

 Red Star arrived in second place in Group B behind Bayern while Tottenham were desperate to kickstart their European campaign after taking only one point from two games.

 But once Kane headed in Erik Lamela's corner after nine minutes and Son's half-volley, also from a Lamela assist, made it 2-0 after 16 minutes the gloom that had descended over the north London club after a troubling start to the season on all fronts finally began to lift.

 Red Star responded in spirited fashion to the early setbacks but Son's second just before halftime killed off nay hope they harbored of a comeback.

 The excellent Lamela, making his 200th appearance, made it 4-0 in the 57th minute and Kane's exquisite finish in the 72nd minute took his Champions League tally to 18 goals in 22 appearances.

 Victory put Tottenham into second spot with four points, five behind runaway leader Bayern and one clear of Red Star who they face in the Serbian capital in a fortnight.

 Tottenham's form has been one of the most puzzling themes of the English season so far with Mauricio Pochettino's side winning only three of their nine Premier League games and losing to fourth-tier Colchester United in the League Cup.

 But Spurs responded with a display much more in keeping with what people have come to expect under Pochettino.

 On the front foot from the start, Kane and Son had already had chances before Kane found space in the area to plant a header past Red Star keeper Milan Borjan from Lamela's delivery.

 Lamela was the provider again seven minutes later, picking out Son to hammer a side-foot volley high into the net.

 Red Star were backed by a noisy contingent of fans high in the upper tier, despite a Uefa punishment for racism which meant they were unable to buy tickets.

 But the fans were silenced in the 44th minute when captain Marko Marin, formerly of Chelsea, was robbed of the ball by Tanguy Ndombele and he powered forward before releasing Son who took a touch before slotting home.

 The onslaught continued after the break as the confidence flooded back into the Spurs ranks.

 Lamela beat Borjan with a rising shot on the turn and Kane competed the rout with a clinical finish.

 German champion Bayern Munich needed two goals from their top scorer Robert Lewandowski to sneak past host Olympiakos 3-2 in Group B.

 The Bavarians were far from the form that saw them crush Tottenham 7-2 in the previous matchday, and have now conceded two goals for the fifth straight game.

They also had defenders Lucas Hernandez and Javi Martinez taken off injured.

 The Greeks scored on the break when Kostas Tsimikas' cross found Youssef el Arabi at the far post and the Moroccan beat keeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern, who have one point from their last two Bundesliga matches since beating Tottenham, recovered to level with Lewandowski in the 34th minute.

He then put them ahead, stabbing in from close range against the run of play in the 62nd for his 18th goal in 12 games in all competition.

Corentin Tolisso added a third with a curled shot in the 75th before the Greeks cut the deficit with Guilherme's deflected effort four minutes later.

While victory takes them a step closer to a spot in the knockout stage, it was far from a vintage performance from Bayern, who were again leaking goals.

They will also have to deal with the potential absences of Hernandez and Martinez, with Niklas Suele already out for months after tearing his cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday.

Hernandez, deployed into a central defender role in the absence of Suele, had to be taken off with what looked like a painful foot injury in the 58th minute.

Martinez had left at halftime.

But even before that Bayern had looked vulnerable at the back with El Arabi taking full advantage of Suele's absence to head in for the lead in the 23rd.

Coach Niko Kovac looked frustrated at times by the way his team was performing and it took Lewandowski's scoring prowess to get them out of trouble once more.

Bayern thought they had wrapped it up when Tolisso netted their third but were again caught napping as the Greeks set up a dramatic finale.

However, they could not avoid their first home loss in Europe after a 10-game unbeaten run at their stadium.