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Champions League: Tottenham Humiliated by Bayern


Serge Gnabry scored four goals as Bayern Munich humiliated Tottenham, 7-2, in the Champions League on Tuesday, the first time in club history that Spurs conceded seven at home in a major competition.

Gnabry had never scored in the Champions League before netting all four of his goals in the second half, the first two coming in a two-minute span to put Bayern 4-1 up in the 55th. He completed the rout in the 88th, one minute after Robert Lewandowski had scored his second.

“I never dreamed I’d score four goals,” said Gnabry, who previously played for Tottenham’s archrival Arsenal. “The pressure helped. My father told me I had to play well.”

Tottenham reached the final of the Champions League last season but squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Olympiakos in its opening group game and again let a lead slip after Son Heung-min opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

Joshua Kimmich answered Son’s strike three minutes later, cutting inside a defender and then shooting inside the left post from 20 meters.

Spurs continued causing problems for Bayern’s defense, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side was to rue missed chances as the visitors gradually improved.

Lewandowski, already the scorer of 10 goals in six Bundesliga games this season, turned sharply and finished smartly to put Bayern in front just before halftime.

Gnabry then got off the mark in the 53rd after going past a number of Spurs defenders, adding another within two minutes.

Harry Kane pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 61st after Kingsley Coman was penalized for a foul on Danny Rose.

But Gnabry ended any hopes Tottenham had of a comeback when he completed his hat trick in the 83rd, then scored another for good measure after Lewandowski claimed Bayern’s sixth.

“It was Serge’s moment of glory today,” Bayern Ccoach Niko Kovac said.

It was the biggest margin of defeat suffered at home by an English team in European competition, and the fist time any had conceded seven goals since Spurs lost 8-0 at Cologne in the Intertoto Cup in 1995.

“We thought it would be a close game. But we’re happy with how it worked out,” Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said.

Real Madrid 2, Club Brugge 2 Host Real Madrid rallied from two goals down to salvage a draw, avoiding a defeat that would have left the 13-time European champions in a deep hole in Group A.

Emmanuel Bonaventure scored two first-half goals — imitating former Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration after the second — but the hosts recovered with headers by Sergio Ramos in the 55th and Casemiro in the 85th.

Casemiro’s header came from a free kick straight after Brugge went down to 10 men as captain Ruud Vormer was sent off for a second yellow card.

“We didn’t get off to a good start. We had a bad first half,” Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane said. “They created problems for us. We couldn’t control anything. But in the second half it was completely different. We changed our attitude. We played with more heart. You have to be focused from the first minute and we didn’t do that.”

Paris Saint-Germain 1, Galatasaray 0 Mauro Icardi scored with a tap-in after being set up by Pablo Sarabia in the 52nd minute, but P.S.G. wasted a host of other chances without the suspended Neymar and injured Edson Cavani against host Galatasaray in Istanbul.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera also did his part to keep Galatasaray in the game, twice denying Angel di Maria.

Thomas Tuchel was getting increasingly frustrated on the sideline as his side failed to make its superiority count. He received a yellow card in the 39th for protesting.

Manchester City 2, Dinamo Zagreb 0 Raheem Sterling came off the bench to score one goal and set up another by Phil Foden as host Manchester City earned a second straight victory to open the group stage.

City had 19 attempts on goal, but Pep Guardiola’s team lacked a cutting edge with key midfielder Kevin De Bruyne missing because of a groin injury.

“They defended very well one-on-one and were very aggressive,” Guardiola said of Dinamo. “They had 10 players in the box, they didn’t want to play.”


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