Routs and close calls An analysis of the UCL’s Gameweek 2

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After a thrilling Game week One, the Champions League was back with a string of exciting fixtures lined up for the second Gameweek. Let’s examine the results from some of the most interesting fixtures of the week.

Tottenham Hotspur  vs Bayern Munich

The most awaited fixture of this round lived up to its hype at the famous White Hart Lane Stadium in London. Bayern Munich demolished the home side 7-2, with ex-Arsenal-man Serge Gnabry scoring four goals and assisting on another. This was the largest home defeat for Tottenham in 137 years, and brought back memories of Bayern’s 10-2 (aggregate) win over Arsenal two years prior.

Barcelona vs Inter Milan

The second game of Group F was billed as one of the headline fixtures of this year’s group stage. Barcelona found themselves down 1-0 at home within the first two minutes, and Internazionale had Barcelona on the back foot for the majority of the game. It took an unstoppable Luis Suarez volley from outside the box in the 58th minute to level the scores. Finally, in the 84th minute, Lionel Messi dribbled his way past five people to set up Suarez for his second and seal three points for the Catalan club. It was another memorable performance for Lionel Messi, who completed ten dribbles, created six chances and provided an assist.

Liverpool vs Red Bull Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool following their 6-2 rout of Genk last Gameweek. The visiting side found themselves 3-0 down at half time, and to everybody’s surprise, they scored three unanswered goals to even up the match. Mo Salah came to the rescue for Liverpool, scoring a winner in the 69th minute to avoid what could have been a major upset.

Real Madrid vs Club Brugge

The second game of Group A produced the shock of the week, as Club Brugge drew Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernebeau. Nine minutes in, Brugge forward Emmanuel Bonaventure slipped a ball past Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois only to be whistled by the linesman for offside. However, VAR would rule that he was in fact onside to put Madrid down 1-0. Zidane’s men found themselves 2-0 down at half time after another Bonaventure goal, leaving the Madrid faithful in shambles. Sergio Ramos got Madrid back within a goal ten minutes into the second half, and it took a bullet header from Casemiro in the dying minutes of the game to help them escape consecutive losses in the competition.