Joel Matip’s late header gave Liverpool 2-1 victory over Ajax as Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 2-0, make it 5 wins in a row against the Catalonia team.
Robert Lewandowski’s return to Bayern Munich was not a fruitful endeavour as a wasteful Barcelona were swept aside in a 2-0 Champions League defeat.
Bayern’s victory was the club’s ninth against Barcelona in the Champions League, more than double the number the Catalans have suffered at the hands of any other team; Bayern have won each of their five group-stage meetings.
Joel Matip’s late header gave Liverpool their first Champions League win this season with a dramatic victory against Ajax at Anfield.
Liverpool 2-1 Ajax
Liverpool needed to respond to the debacle of Napoli and while they were nowhere near their best this was all about getting the result and getting this season’s Champions League show on the road.
It looked for a long while that Ajax’s composed, unhurried style, along with Liverpool’s lack of cutting edge, might mean another disappointment before Matip rose to score.
It meant a vital three points for last season’s beaten finalists and the start of the recovery from the opening in Italy that Klopp labelled the worst performance of his reign at Anfield, according to BBC report.
Before the game, there was a short period of silence in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and while there were a handful of dissenting voices shouting out, they were hushed by the vast majority of those inside Anfield, who observed the tribute respectfully.
Once the action started, match-winner Matip and Thiago Alcantara were the key to Liverpool’s improvement, the defender not only strong at the back but adding quality with his ability to bring the ball out of defence before picking the right pass.
Below is the highlights of the Match Between Liverpool and Ajax:
Bayern 2-0 Barcelona
Barcelona were unable to capitalise on a dominant first half, with Lewandowski spurning some fine opportunities, while Pedri struck the post after the visitors had fallen two behind.
A fightback never appeared likely, with Bayern producing a stellar display in the second period after a frustrating first 45 minutes.
After an end-to-end start, Barcelona looked the more threatening, with Pedri forcing Manuel Neuer to make a smart save and Lewandowski passing up a chance on the volley.
Lewandowski, ever the threat, then saw a header from close range saved well, while Raphinha dragged a low shot wide from outside the box.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen was belatedly called into action early in the second half as Leon Goretzka tested his compatriot from distance, and the resulting corner provided the breakthrough.
Joshua Kimmich’s delivery to the near post was met by the head of Hernandez, escaping Marcos Alonso’s attention and applying contact ahead of Ter Stegen.
And the lead was doubled four minutes later when Jamal Musiala fed Sane, who raced away and poked a deft finish into the net.
Pedri clipped the upright after a one-two with Lewandowski created space in the area, yet that was as close as Barca would come on another difficult night.
Enjoy the highlights of the match between Bayer Munich and Barcelona below:
Bayern travel to Augsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga, while Barcelona’s final test before the international break is at home to Elche.
Liverpool will take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their next match, which was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizbeth II.