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2019-20 UEFA Champions’ League Group stage: Bayern Munich flatten Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 in London, Real Madrid held 2-2 by Club Brugge at Santiago Bernabeu

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In a ruthless display, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich routed European runners-up Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 in the latter’s backyard on Tuesday night in a Group B fixture of the UEFA Champions’ League. Ironically, it was the hosts who took an early lead through a Heung-Min Son goal in the 12th minute of play. But the London club’s joy was short-lived as Joshua Kimmich’s superb 20-yard finish made it 1-1 in the 15th. Right up till half-time this looked an enthralling encounter despite Robert Robert Lewandowski’s brilliant turn and right-foot finish past Hugo Lloris that put the German club a goal ahead at the stroke of interval.

Spurs completely capitulated in the second half as Bayern pumped in five more with 24-year old winger Serge Gnabry alone helping himself to 4 goals, all of them perfectly clinical finishes. Harry Kane’s penalty conversion in the 61st minute after Kingsley Coman fouled Danny Rose in the box made the score 2-4 and gave Spurs fans some hope of a fightback. But a couple of more goals from Gnabry and one more from Lewandowski concluded one of the most humiliating days in Tottenham’s history. Coach Mauricio Pochettino will have some serious thinking to do as they go ahead in the Championship and especially before the return game in Munich on December 12th. Tottenham are now 3rd in the Group B cluster of four with just 1 point from their two outings so far, trailing behind Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade.

Meanwhile eleven-time Champions’ League winners Real Madrid were saved from utter embarrassment at the hands of a very unfancied Club Brugge of Belgium when Casemiro’s equalizing header in the 85th minute brought parity to the proceedings. A stunned Bernabeu witnessed Los Blancos go down quickly by a couple of goals in the 9th and 39th minute courtesy some bizarre finishing by Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis. The 21-year-old Nigerian’s first came as he mis-controlled Percy Tau’s cross past Real keeper Thibaut Courtois who was wrongfooted and the ball crawled into the net. Initially disallowed for offside, the goal was eventually allowed thanks to a VAR (Video Assisted Referee) decision. The 2nd for the Belgian club came when Dennis stumbled into the box and chipped the ball over Courtois despite almost losing his footing. Captain Sergio Ramos responded for Real in the second half with a header from Karim Benzema’s cross in the 55th minute of play, which was ruled out for offside but the VAR came to the hosts’ rescue and the score line read 1-2. After Bruges captain Ruud Vormer was sent off for two bookings just five minutes before the final whistle, Toni Kroos crossed for Casemiro to head in the equaliser from the resulting free kick. Real were beaten 3-0 by Paris St-Germain in their opening game of group A and remain at the bottom of the cluster. 

Results of other Group fixtures of October 1, Wednesday

Manchester City2Dinamo Zagreb0
Crvena Zvezda 3Olympiacos1
Lokomotiv Moskow 0Atletico Madrid 2
Juventus3Bayer Leverkusen 0
Galatasary0PSG1

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