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UCL: Madrid escape with draw against Brugge, Juventus thrash Leverkusen [See all Results & Table]

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UCL: Madrid escape with draw against Brugge, Juventus thrash Leverkusen [See all Results & Table]

Real Madrid battled back from 2-0 down to draw with Club Brugge on another disappointing Champions League night for the 13-time champions.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were poor again at the Bernabeu and were almost undone by two bizarre goals from 21-year-old Emmanuel Dennis.

The Nigerian’s first came as he miscontrolled Percy Tau’s cross past a wrongfooted Thibaut Courtois and into the net – initially disallowed for offside but awarded after a long video assistant referee delay.

For the second, Dennis stumbled into the box and chipped Courtois – who was replaced by Alphonse Areola at half-time – despite almost losing his footing.

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Captain Sergio Ramos responded for Real in the second half with a header from Karim Benzema’s cross, which was ruled out for offside but overturned by the VAR.

After Bruges captain Ruud Vormer was sent off for two bookings, Toni Kroos crossed for Casemiro to head in the equaliser from the resulting free-kick.

Meanwhile, in Group B, UEFA Champions League 2018/2019 finalist Tottenham Hotspur were thrashed 7-2 on by visiting Bayern Munich.

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Woeful Tottenham conceded seven goals in a home match for the very first time in any major competition.

In Group C, Raheem Sterling came off the bench to provide the spark Manchester City had been waiting for as they saw off a stubborn Dinamo Zagreb side to go top of the group.

Sterling swept home City’s first goal from a Riyad Mahrez cross midway through the second half, then helped his side wrap up the points when he set up fellow substitute Phil Foden in stoppage time.

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In Group D, Cristiano Ronaldo opened his account for the UEFA Champions League season as Juventus thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 3-0.

 

See all results and table:

GROUP A

Real Madrid 2 – 2 Club Brugge
Galatasaray  – 1 Paris Saint-Germain

GROUP B

FK Crvena Zvezda 3 – 1 Olympiacos

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 7 FC Bayern München

 

GROUP C

Atalanta 1 – 2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester City 2 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb

 

GROUP D

Juventus 3 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

Lokomotiv Moscow  – 2 Atletico Madrid

 

Table: BBC

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