Liverpool Survives a Thriller Against Salzburg; Barca and Chelsea Win with Late Goals


Sixteen teams were in the spotlight on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League, with some big names pulling off tough wins in the late stages of their games.

Genk versus Napoli was the only draw of the night and the only goalless match we saw in this round. Although Napoli expected a win in Belgium, the Italian team remains at the top of Group E with four points.

The second match of that group was a whole different story, as Liverpool and Salzburg scored a total of seven goals. The defending champs looked great at the start and managed to score three goals in the first 36 minutes of play through Mane, Robertson, and Salah.

However, Salzburg came back in great fashion. Hwang Hee-Chan cut the deficit to two before halftime, while Minamino and Haland each scored in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to make it 3–3. Liverpool kept pushing, and Salah scored another goal after a great pass from Firmino to win all three points for the home team.

Two former Champions League winners Barcelona and Inter promised the fans a great game, which they certainly delivered. Martinez gave an early lead to Inter with a goal in the third minute of the game. Inter had more chances in the first half, but they failed to capitalise on any of them.

In the second half, Barca looked much better, and it didn’t take them long to score. Luis Suarez placed a beautiful volley behind Handanović’s back to make it one goal apiece after 58 minutes of play. The same player scored the winning goal for his team only six minutes before the end, after an assist from Messi.

Slavia Prague had a lot of chances against Borussia but failed to score a goal. On the other hand, the squad from Dortmund scored twice through Hakimi to secure their first win in Group F.

Benfica had a lot of defensive struggles and lost against Zenit in Russia by 3–1. Lyon made an upset against Leipzig on the road and won 0–2, thanks to great goals by Depay and Terrier.

Ajax played great in Valencia and had another 3–0 victory to remain at the top of Group H. One of the best goals of the round was seen in that game, as Ziyech put an indefensible shot 20 metres away from the goal to give his team the lead. His goal can only be rivalled by Willian’s volley in the late stages of the Lille–Chelsea game, which gave the team from London a much-needed win.

Champions League Wednesday Full Results

Genk – Napoli             0–0

Slavia Prague – Borussia Dortmund     0–2

Barcelona – Inter             2–1

Lille – Chelsea             1–2

Liverpool – Salzburg             4–3

RB Leipzig – Lyon             0–2

Valencia – Ajax             0–3

Zenit – Benfica             3–1