Champions League holders Liverpool came out on top of a 4-3 thriller with Salzburg on Wednesday after throwing away a three-goal lead at Anfield before Mohamed Salah’s winner, while Luis Suarez fired Barcelona to a comeback victory over Inter Milan. Salah won the Group E match for Liverpool with his second of the night in the 69th minute, denying Salzburg a point after teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland had stunned the Reds when he completed an incredible fightback with his 18th goal of the season.
Ajax took control of Group H with a big 3-0 success at Valencia that put them top with a perfect six points and showed again that they could yet repeat last season’s heroics.
Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring for the Dutch champions with an incredible dipping strike on just eight minutes, and Quincy Promes doubled their lead 11 minutes before half-time with his second in as many Champions League games, punishing Daniel Parejo for smashing a penalty high over the bar.
Donny van de Beek sealed the points for last season’s semi-finalists when he finished a beautiful passing move in the 67th minute, putting Erik ten Hag’s side three points clear of Valencia and Chelsea, who won a tough encounter at Lille thanks to Willian’s 78th-minute volleyed winner.
Tammy Abraham had given Frank Lampard’s side a deserved 22nd-minute lead with his first ever Champions League goal before more slack set-piece defending allowed Victor Osimhen to level not long after, but the Ligue 1 outfit are bottom without a point after two defeats.
Zenit St Petersburg top Group G after seeing off Benfica 3-1 in Russia, level on four points with Lyon after their 2-0 win at RB Leipzig.
Tuesday 1 October
Group A: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge, Galatasaray 0-1 Paris
Group B: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern, Crvena zvezda 3-1 Olympiacos
Group C: Atalanta 1-2 Shakhtar, Manchester City 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Group D: Juventus 3-0 Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moskva 0-2 Atlético
Wednesday 2 October
Group E: Genk 0-0 Napoli, Liverpool 4-3 Salzburg
Group F: Slavia Praha 0-2 Dortmund, Barcelona 2-1 Inter
Group G: Zenit 3-1 Benfica, Leipzig 0-2 Lyon
Group H: Valencia 0-3 Ajax, LOSC Lille 1-2 Chelsea