Karim Benzema scored twice to lead Real Madrid to an unconvincing 2-1 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday to temporarily seal the Spanish side three points clear of the Champions League Group D lead.
Real took the lead in the 15th minute when Vinicius Junior stole the ball from Shakhtar defender and made Benzema to score with a powerful shot from inside the penalty area.
And Ukrainian Shakhtar equalized five minutes before the end of the first half with a stunning counter-attack that Fernando saved.
Benzema and Vinicius Junior united again to win Real Madrid after the hour mark, with the latter pairing well with Casemiro before attacking the France striker to score again.
A tough performance was achieved in the second half intermilan Comfortable 3-1 win away from home Sheriff of Tiraspol To send them over the Moldovan arrivals to second place in group d.
Inter were frustrated as they mustered 14 unsuccessful attempts before the break, but the hosts’ resistance finally erupted when Marcelo Brozovic fired the net early in the second half.
Milan Skriniar doubled the Nerazzurri’s lead before substitute Alexis Sanchez scored the third goal within a minute of his introduction, and Adama Traore headed a rest in Sherif’s injury time.
Inter climbed to second place with seven points, one point behind Sharif in third place and six points behind Shakhtar Donetsk, bottom of the standings, but two points behind Real Madrid, the leaders in the group.
Group A: Leipzig settles an exciting point against Paris Saint-Germain
Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first two goals for his new club Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, but an injury-time penalty for Rasenji RB Leipzig saved a 2-2 draw in the Champions League Group A match.
The Dutchman, who suffered this season after joining from Liverpool, scored in the 21st minute and scored another goal six minutes before the end of the first half.
Leipzig, who came out of the competition with only one point from four games, advanced through Christopher Nkunku in the eighth minute and missed the opportunity to double the score when Andre Silva saved the penalty in the 12th minute.
Substitute Dominic Zuboszlai had a better penalty in injury time in the second half, to save a point for the Germans.
Manchester He returned to winning ways with a 4-1 . victory Club Brugge To move within sight of the Champions League knockout rounds although it wasn’t a trouble-free night for Pep Guardiola’s side.
In the end, goals by Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus secured a comfortable enough victory to take City top of Group A with nine points after PSG’s draw with RB Leipzig.
But there were periods after John Stones’ own goal to give Brugge an early equaliser when City looked uncomfortable.
Group B: Porto tied against Milan
Milan earned their first Champions League point of the season with a 1-1 draw with Porto at San Siro, but the result left the seven-times European champions on the brink of elimination.
Luis Diaz scored after six minutes to put the Portuguese ahead and dominate the first half against an under-par Rossoneri side.
Chancel Mbemba returned an own goal with Milan after the first half and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal was canceled for offside, with the Italians still waiting to win. Porto climbed to second place with five points, four points ahead of bottom club AC Milan.
Liverpool He reached the knockout stages of the Champions League at least two matches before, after a convincing 2-0 win over 10 players. Atletico Madrid At Anfield, they secured the top spot in Group B.
Diogo Jota put Jurgen Klopp’s team ahead in the 13th minute, heading into the back post after a superb cross from the right from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Alexander-Arnold was again the provider of the second minutes later when Sadio Mane conceded a low ball inside the penalty area with a brilliant shot past Jan Oblak.
The Spanish side’s problems intensified after Felipe was sent off in the 36th minute for a deliberate trip on Mane that made him a hard red straight.
Group C: Ajax beat Dortmund to advance to the Round of 16
Ajax came from behind to defeat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League Group C and advance to the knockout stages of the competition.
Goals from Dusan Tadic, Sebastian Haller and Davy Claassen in the last 19 minutes kept the Dutch club’s record at 100% after Marco Reus scored a first-half penalty for the home team, who had to play an hour with ten men after Mats Hummels. He was fired.
Ajax advanced to 12 points at the top of the standings and booked a place in the round of 16 by playing two matches. Dortmund shared second place with Sporting Lisbon on six points.
Pedro Goncalves’ double helped Sporting win 4-0 at home in the Champions League Besiktas.
Besiktas were hurt by Sporting who scored their first three goals within ten minutes late in the first half.
The former youngster Goncalves of Wolverhampton put up a man-of-the-match display, leading the hosts 2-0 while Paulinho scored his third goal from a counterattack just before halftime.
Pablo Sarabia finished scoring at the start of the second half. Besiktas at the bottom and without a point.