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Bayern thrashes Spurs
Gnabry scores four as Germans take control of Group B in Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur suffered its heaviest home defeat in Europe as Serge Gnabry struck four goals for Bayern Munich in a 7-2 romp in the Champions League.
With the result, the Germans (6 points) took control of Group B. Robert Lewandowski also scored twice as Bayern responded to going behind early on in devastating fashion, running riot on a rain-lashed night. When Son Heung-min gave last season’s finalist Tottenham a 12th-minute lead, its magnificent stadium was rocking.
But the fragility that has undermined its season so far returned as it capitulated in alarming fashion. It was the first time Tottenham shipped seven goals at home in any major competition. Spurs became the first English club to concede seven in Europe since it itself lost 0-8 to FC Cologne in the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995.
To add insult to injury for Mauricio Pochettino’s shell-shocked side, Gnabry, a former Arsenal misfit, was its chief tormentor with a sensational display. In another Group B contest, Crvena zvezda defeated Olympiacos 3-1.
Super subs give City the win:
Manchester City made it two wins out of two in CL Group C after goals from substitutes Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
A game that could easily have ended in frustration, with Dinamo defending deep and effectively, turned on its head after the introduction of England international Raheem Sterling in the 56th minute. He opened the scoring 10 minutes later, while Foden netted in stoppage time. Shakhtar Donetsk pipped Atalanta 2-1 in the other Group C encounter. City leads the pack with 6 points, with Dinamo and Shakhtar having three each.
Higuain, hero for Juve: Striker Gonzalo Higuain scored one goal and created another as Juventus cruised to a 3-0 success against Bayer Leverkusen in the CL Group D.
On a rainy night in Turin, Ronaldo added a third for Juventus (4 points), which moved to the top of its group. Higuain exploited a disastrous attempt at a headed clearance by Jonathan Tah in the 17th minute, taking a touch before thumping the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
With Leverkusen enjoying plenty of possession but creating little in front of goal, Higuain turned provider in the second half. He whipped in a low cross from the left for Federico Bernardeschi to sweep home Juventus’ second. Ronaldo had a frustrating night in attack, but slotted the ball home in the 88th minute to make it 3-0.
The win puts Juventus ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which won 2-0 away to third-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, on goal difference. Leverkusen is bottom after its second straightdefeat. Joao Felix and Thomas Partey got on the scoresheet for Atletico.