UEFA Champions League, gameweek 2: Here are the key takeaways
Gameweek 2 of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 continued to enthrall football lovers. After a frantic Tuesday, there were some superb performances on Wednesday as well. Barcelona earned a crucial win against Inter Milan. Liverpool clinched a 4-3 thriller against Red Bull Salzburg. Meanwhile, the likes of Chelsea, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund earned victories. Here are the key takeaways.
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Inter Milan had a better first-half after getting a deserved lead through Lautaro Martinez in the second minute. They kept Barca at bay and created enough chances. However, Barca goal-keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was equal to the task. The hosts showed more solidity in the second half. Luis Suarez scored two beautiful goals after getting assists from Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi.
Liverpool wasted a three-goal lead to see Red Bull Salzburg get back on terms at the hour mark. With the score reading 3-3, Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah blasted the winner in the 69th minute. He latched on to Roberto Firmino's header and launched a great strike. This was a brilliant European night of football at the sparkling Anfield. The game went in both directions.
Chelsea earned a crucial victory away from home to open their account in the UCL 2019-20 campaign. Tammy Abraham got the winner, before Victor Osimhen equalized. However, Willian's volley in the second half saw Chelsea hold on to all three points. Meanwhile, Ajax downed Valencia 3-0 to sit on top in Group H. Dusan Tadic stood out with two assists for the visitors.
Two Achraf Hakimi goals gave Borussia Dortmund a deserved 2-0 victory away at Slavia Prague. It was a a fast-paced match in which both sides spurned chances. Right-back Hakimi broke the deadlock in the 35th minute after cutting inside the penalty area following a counter-attack. He then doubled the lead in the 89th minute. Dortmund kept pace with Barcelona in Group F.