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Champions League – day 2

Barcelona are now joint top of their group, together with Borussia Dortmund, after they came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday. The Italians took the lead with less than two minutes gone, Lautaro picking up a pass from Alexis before firing an angled shot past Ter Stegen. However Luis Suárez made it all square with a first time volley from Vidal’s cross on the hour mark, and with six minutes to go the striker got his second of the night following a good run by Messi, who was making his first start of the season after an injury lay-off. A set-back though for Valencia, who were beaten 0-3 by Ajax in the Mestalla stadium. Both teams had won their opening ties, but Ziyech put the visitors ahead with an impressive shot in the opening minutes. Soon afterwards Dani Parejo fired a penalty over the top after Guedes was fouled in the area, and either side of half time Van de Beek set up Promes for the second and scored the third himself for the final result. (02.10.19)

More woes for Real Madrid, Zidane’s side staying at the bottom of their group after they could only draw 2-2 at home to Club Brugge on Tuesday. It could have been worse though after the Belgian side took a two goal lead, both scored by Dennis in fairly comic circumstances after he stumbled and somehow managed to steer the ball past a desperate Courtois, who had to be replaced by Areola at the break after complaining of feeling giddy, with stomach pains. No wonder! Team captain Sergio Ramos headed one back however from Benzema’s cross soon after the restart. And after Vormer was sent off for a second bookable offence, Casemiro headed the second from a Kroos free kick with five minutes to go. No problems though for their city rivals Atlético Madrid, who won 0-2 at Lokomotiv Moscow to go joint top of their group together with Juventus. Joao Felix opened the scoring early on in the second half after keeper Guilherme saved his first effort, and Thomas connected with Diego Costa’s centre to score the second with xxx minutes left on the clock. The Russian side could have got back into the game however had Oblak not kept out Krychowiak a couple of times later on. (01.10.19)