Wednesday’s match and summary: Napoli shines for Liverpool with the brilliance of Ajax and Lewandowski | Champions League

Napoli sent notice of their intentions in the UEFA Champions League with an impressive first-half performance as they beat last season’s runners-up Liverpool 4-1. Ajax also shone against Rangers while Robert Lewandowski scored his first hat-trick with Barcelona. There were victories elsewhere for Bayern, Tottenham, Club Brugge, Sporting Lisbon and Atletico, whose meeting with Porto came to an impressive result. has collected all the action from the opening group stage matches in 2022/23.

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Group A

Napoli 4-1 Liverpool

Highlights: Napoli 4-1 Liverpool

Piotr Zieliński scored in every run as Naples wowed visitors. Victor Osimhen hit the post within a minute before Zelensky opened the scoring with a penalty after James Milner tackled. Osimene then missed a penalty kick before Andre Frank Zambo Anguisa finished second. A racy Osimhen was forced off from injury but substitute Giovanni Simeone made it three just before the first half, and Zielinski’s second came shortly after the break. Luis Diaz got the difference back but that was too little and too late for last season’s finalists.

Key statsNapoli is the first team to score four goals against Liverpool in a group match.
09/13: Liverpool vs AjaxAnd the Rangers vs Napoli

Ajax 4-0 Rangers

Highlights: Ajax 4-0 Rangers

Just like they did 12 months ago, Ajax set a real mark in the first round. From the moment Edson Alvarez’s header placed the lead, visitors were chasing shadows. Two goals in several minutes of the first half from Stephen Burgess and the wonderful Mohamed Kodos ended the match effectively. Rangers improved, disallowed Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent hit the post, but Steven Bergwijn’s late goal condemned them to a second 4-0 loss in five days.

Key statsAlvarez’s goal was the Mexican player’s 50th in the Champions League, and the first since Hirving Lozano for Napoli in November 2019.
09/13: Liverpool vs AjaxAnd the Rangers vs Napoli

group b

Atletico 2-1 Porto

Summary: Atletico 2-1 Porto

Antoine Griezmann snatched victory in a superb finish by scoring all three goals after 90 minutes. Griezmann nodded after an Axel Witsel attack in the 11th minute of stoppage time, to score the victory that seemed to be in the bag when Mario Hermoso’s skewed shot gave Atleti the lead a few minutes earlier. Porto then equalized with a penalty kick by Mateus Uribe, before substitute Griezmann intervened in the last moments.

Key statsThis is only the second time in Champions League history that three goals have been scored in the 90th minute or after, excluding extra time. the first? Porto vs Atlético in December.
09/13: Porto vs Club BruggeAnd the Leverkusen vs Atletico

Club Brugge 1-0 Leverkusen

HIGHLIGHTS: Club Brugge 1-0 Leverkusen

Abakar Sylla scored the only goal in Club Brugge’s victory over Leverkusen. A cautious start gave way to an exciting match as Moussa Diaby approached. Sella showed him how it was done before the break when he met a corner kick into the near post, and a header that caught Lukas Hradecki by surprise. Leverkusen pressed for a tie, and Patrik Schick canceled two attempts for offside as Brugge retained the three points.

Key statsScylla scored on his debut in the Champions League, securing the win for coach Karl Hofkins who was also setting his bow in the competition.
09/13: Porto vs Club BruggeAnd the Leverkusen vs Atletico

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group C

Inter 0-2 Bayern Munich

Highlights: Inter 0-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern made light work of strong opponents at the San Siro. Leroy Sane gave the visitors a deserved lead midway through the first half when he grabbed a long ball from Joshua Kimmich and circled Andre Onana to score the opening goal. Inter Milan went up before the second enthusiasm for Bayern Munich weakened. There was an element of wealth as Danilo D’Ambrosio turned into his own network after great work from Kingsley Coman and Sané.

Key statsBayern Munich scored 19 consecutive wins in the first round.
09/13: Plzen vs InterAnd the Bayern vs Barcelona

Barcelona 5-1 Plzen

Highlights: Barcelona 5-1 Plzen

Lewandowski got it Sixth hat-trick in the Champions League To help guide Barcelona to a comfortable victory. Frank Casey opened the scoring before Lewandowski scored twice with a fine finishing touch. Jan Sokora gave the Czech champions some hope with a fine header but Lewandowski scored the second goal in the first extra period and the third from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half. Ferran Torres came off the bench to add five to start Barcelona for sure.

Key statsLewandowski has scored three of his last five Champions League hat-tricks (from the group stage to the end).
09/13: Plzen vs InterAnd the Bayern vs Barcelona

group d

Frankfurt 0-3 Sporting Lisbon

Highlights: Frankfurt 0-3 Sporting Lisbon

Marcus Edwards was the difference as Sporting Lisbon won Germany for the first time. The former Tottenham youth was a constant threat, and in the middle of the second half he finished with a quick rebound to give the visitors the lead. Edwards switched to a striker two minutes later, sending Francisco Trincao to shoot in the second half, before Nuno Santos sealed the points with a superb pass and pass from Pedro Buro. Frankfurt’s best chance for the first time came in the group stage early, as Randall Kolo Mwany dismissed after intercepting a poor pass.

Key stats: This was Sporting’s second win in its last seven matches in the first round, losing four and drawing the other.
09/13: Sporting Lisbon vs TottenhamAnd the Marseille vs Frankfurt

Tottenham 2-0 Marseille

Tottenham Hotspur vs Olympique Marseille

Richarlison’s first goals for Tottenham saw Antonio Conte’s side win against ten-man Marseille. The French team was in front until Chancel Mbemba was sent off in the 48th minute for bringing down Heung-Min Son. Tottenham still struggled to break down the away team before Richarlison headed in a superb cross from Ivan Perisic. Then the Brazilian put another header outside the post to settle the points.

Key statsMarseille have failed to score in six of their last seven Champions League matches.
09/13: Sporting Lisbon vs TottenhamAnd the Marseille vs Frankfurt

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