Barça, Real win, Valencia draw again and Atleti hammered in Germany: Champions League Round-up

It was a mixed couple of nights for Spain’s elite in the Champions League. Real Madrid and Barcelona warmed up for this weekend’s Clásico with wins while Valencia and Atlético Madrid will be disappointed with their away showings.

 

Young Boys 1-1 Valencia

Marcelino’s side failed to get closer to the top two in Group H as they drew their fourth game in a row in all competitions in Switzerland.

Michy Batshuayi’s calm finish gave the visitors a half-time lead when he rounded the goalkeeper before slotting into an empty net.

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Dani Parejo brought down Djibril Sow to give Young Boys the chance to equalise from the penalty spot, which they did through Guillaume Hoarau.

Valencia remain in third, two points behind Manchester United in second while Young Boys’ first Champions League point in their history gets them off the mark.

 

Real Madrid 2-1 Viktoria Plzen

Los Blancos’ first win in five games came at a very relieved yet displeased Bernabéu as Julen Lopetegui continues in the manager’s seat for another game at least.

Karim Benzema got the hosts underway with his first goal in nine games, meaning that he’s scored in 14 successive Champions League seasons.

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Gareth Bale’s cute flick set up Marcelo to score his second goal in as many games to double Madrid’s lead before whistles from the home crowd greeted Patrik Hrosovsky’s consolation.

Roma still lead Group G on goal difference while Real Madrid moved back up into second place ahead of CSKA Moscow.

 

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Atlético Madrid

Atletico Madrid suffered their heaviest loss under Diego Simeone as Borussia Dortmund ran riot at Signal Iduna Park.

Axel Witsel gave the hosts a half-time lead with a low strike from the edge of the box before Raphael Guerreiro doubled BVB’s tally in the 73rd minute.

Real Madrid loanee Achraf Hakimi got his third assist of the game when he squared for England’s Jadon Sancho to tap in.

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Guerreiro added a fourth in the closing stages after a mix-up in the Atleti defence as the defeat leaves the Rojiblancos in second place.

 

Barcelona 2-0 Inter

Ernesto Valverde’s side continued their perfect record in this season’s Champions League with a comfortable 2-0 win over Inter at the Camp Nou.

Former Inter loanee Rafinha bagged Barcelona’s opener when got on the end of Luis Suarez’s cross in the first half.

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In the end, the hosts didn’t need their captain Lionel Messi, out with a broken arm, as Jordi Alba slotted past Samir Handanovic to seal the three points.

Barcelona’s win here coupled with Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at PSV in the early kick-off means that the ‘blaugrana’ can confirm qualification in the return fixture in Milan.

 

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