Holders Held, Champions League Roundup – Madrid draw 1-1 with Tottenham

CLINICAL: Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for Real Madrid from the spot

LAST season’s Champions League winners Real Madrid had to settle for a point in their third group game as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham at the Bernabeu.

The 12-time Champions fell behind early in the first half after Raphael Varane turned the ball into his own net, but were level just before the break through a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after a needless foul from Spurs defender Serge Aurier.

Both teams could have won the match, but were indebted to their goalkeepers after both Hugo Lloris and Keylor Navas each produced a string of fine saves.

The result leaves both teams level at the top of Group H on seven points and plus five goal difference,six points ahead of third placed Borussia Dortmund.

Elsewhere, Chelsea had to come from behind at Stamford Bridge to secure a 3-3 draw with Roma.

The Blues were 2-0 up inside the opening 38 minutes thanks to goals from David Luiz and Eden Hazard, but the 2012 Champions fell behind after goals from former Manchester City stars Alexander Kolarov, and Edin Dzeko’s double turned the tie on its head.

The Bosnian striker missed a fantastic opportunity to secure his hat-trick and was punished by Hazard late on to keep Chelsea top of Group C ahead of the reverse leg in Rome in a fortnight’s time.

After Atletico Madrid could only secure a 0-0 draw against Champions League debutants Qarabag from Azarbijan, the result leaves both Roma and Chelsea looking the most likely to qualify.

Manchester United’s fine start to the season continued as they ran out 1-0 winners against Benfica.

It was an efficient performance from Mourinho’s side, who were given the lead thanks to an unforgivable error by debutant goalkeeper Mile Svilar.

The 18-year-old, who became the youngest goalkeeper in the competition’s history, produced a moment of madness when he took Marcus Rashford’s hanging free-kick over his line under very little pressure.

The victory sees United maintain their perfect start to the Champions League and remain top of the Group A on nine points.

In Group D, Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona secured a 3-1 victory over Olympiacos, despite seeing Gerard Pique sent off.

Celtic had another Champions League night to forget as they were beaten 3-0 by 2016 finalists Bayern Munich.

Goals from Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels handed Celtic their second defeat of the Group Stage and the result, paired with PSG’s 4-0 victory over Anderlecht, leaves the Scottish Champions in third place with a lot to do if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.

On Tuesday night, Liverpool ran riot against Slovenian side Maribor as they won 7-0.

Two goals apiece from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, as well as goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Philippe Coutinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold, saw the Merseysiders secure their biggest ever away win in Europe and move top of Group E.

Manchester City secured their third victory out of three after running out 2-1 winners over Napoli thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus


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