Bayern Munich punishes Barcelona again; late goals stun Tottenham and save Liverpool
For 45 minutes on Tuesday night at the Allianz Arena, Robert Lewandowski appeared to have turned the balance of power in the UEFA Champions League upside down.
In previous years he had tormented Barcelona as a member of Bayern Munich; and Bayern had linked that Blaugrana three times in a row with an aggregate score of 14-2. But Lewandowski’s summer move from Bayern to Barca sent the Catalan club flying in La Liga – and now in Europe too. In the first half of Tuesday’s Champions League headlining in Munich, Barcelona looked like a superpower reborn with Lewandowski at the helm.
But then Bayern restored order with a couple of sharp runs and clean shots early in the second half.
Lucas Hernandez shot freely into the six-yard box to give Bayern the lead. Just four minutes later, Leroy Sané made it 2-0.
And so the German giants jumped to the top of the 2022 Champions League’s hardest-fighting group. Barcelona, who created some of the better chances of the game, will regret Lewandowski missed some of them.
Elsewhere, in perhaps the second-strongest group, Liverpool lost 90 minutes of quality and struggle to Ajax, picking up three massive (and deserved) points.
The Reds, healthy and confident with Thiago, looked like themselves again. They couldn’t break a 1-1 deadlock for an hour. But in the 89th minute Joel Matip rose highest to bring home a winner and save Liverpool from being stuck with a point after two games.
In the early game window, Sporting Clube de Portugal stunned Tottenham with two late goals and stormed to the top of Group D.
Relive all the highlights and find all the results below.
Champions League Matchday 2 live updates
Tuesday’s Champions League results, matches, odds, tee times
Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Tottenham
Viktoria Pilsen – Inter Milan 0:2
Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona
Liverpool 2-1 Ajax
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Atlético Madrid
FC Porto – Club Brugge 0:4
Olympique Marseille 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt