Champions League, gameweek 3: Here are the Key takeaways
The second set of results in gameweek 3 of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 season impressed one and all. After a frantic Tuesday, the big guns did well on Wednesday. Chelsea earned a crucial away win against Ajax. Barcelona and Inter Milan sealed victories. Napoli's Dries Mertens scripted a special record. Here are the key takeaways.
Napoli's Dries Mertens breaks Diego Maradona's record
Dries Mertens surpassed the tally of Diego Maradona for Napoli in terms of goals for the Italian club. He is now the second-highest goal-scorer (116). The 32-year-old's brace helped Napoli seal a 3-2 thriller against Red Bull Salzburg. Mertens also set up Lorenzo Insigne's winner to help Napoli stay above Liverpool on top of Group E. Napoli have seven points from three matches.
Group H: Chelsea stun Ajax, Valencia earn crucial away point
Chelsea have started to grow wings under Frank Lampard. The Blues stunned Ajax 1-0 away from home with a Michy Batshuayi late strike. Chelsea were disciplined and never allowed to break the Dutch team. They are atop Group H and are tied with Ajax on points (6). Valencia earned a crucial away point at Lille. They are third on four points.
Lionel Messi smashes a record, Inter beat Dortmund
Group F took an interesting turn after Inter Milan beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at home. Inter drew level with Dortmund on points in Group F (4). Inter scored one goal in each half to beat the German giants. Barcelona overcame Slavia Prague 2-1 away from home. Talisman Lionel Messi became the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons.
Liverpool shine away from home with a 4-1 win
Liverpool were unstoppable against Genk and sealed a massive 4-1 win. Mohamed Salah marked his return from injury with a goal. Sadio Mane impressed, whereas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the player of the night with a stunning brace. "We saw that we have a lot to improve on and it was the same again tonight, but we're getting results, which is good," said Chamberlain.
UCL: Here are all the results
⏰ RESULTS ⏰— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 23, 2019
💪 Barça go 3 points clear in group
🔴 Liverpool impress in Genk
✅ Inter join Dortmund on 4 points
😱 Insigne scores late winner for Napoli
🔥 Sensational Ikoné strike secures Lille point
🦅 Benfica claim first win in Group G
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