Champions League last-16 draw: tie-by-tie analysis | Champions League

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Last month, Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, advocating for a Super League, lamented that his club have faced Liverpool in just nine competitive games. His wish for more has been granted sooner than he expected and perhaps would have liked. Real beat Liverpool reasonably comfortably in last season’s final and had few issues topping a relatively straightforward group, while Liverpool have suffered a miserable start to the season. With Mohamed Salah returning to form, though, Jürgen Klopp’s side may have improved by February and, out of the title race, can afford to focus on Europe. Aurélien Tchouaméni has joined Real and Eduardo Camavinga was beginning to make an impact last season, but the sense remains that the post-Casemiro midfield is yet to be really tested.

Winners Liverpool.

RB Leipzig's André Silva is congratulated after scoring against Manchester City last season
RB Leipzig’s André Silva is congratulated after scoring against Manchester City last season. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

RB Leipzig v Manchester City

These teams met in last season’s group stage, City winning 6-3 at the Etihad before a 2-1 defeat in Germany, with qualification long since secured. In the first of those games, Leipzig were managed by Jesse Marsch; in the second by the caretaker Achim Beierlorzer. Since then Domenico Tedesco has come and gone and now, under Marco Rose, there has been a significant upturn. Saturday’s 3-0 win at Hoffenheim extended Leipzig’s unbeaten run to 11 games and they have been prolific in that time. The front four of André Silva, Dominik Szoboszlai, Christian Nkunku and Timo Werner, who should be back from his ankle injury by February, will test City on the counter.

Winners Manchester City.

Club Brugge v Benfica

Club Brugge were the great surprise of the group stage, winning their first three games without conceding a goal. They secured progress with a 0-0 draw at Atlético Madrid, but the heavy home defeat to Porto that ultimately cost them top spot perhaps gave a truer impression of their abilities: no pushovers, well-organised, but essentially limited. Benfica, meanwhile, ended the group stage in joyous form, with Rafa Silva and João Mario playing probably the best football of their careers. There may be defensive concerns but, even more than the 6-1 win at Maccabi Haifa that meant they topped the group, the 4-3 win over Juventus, when they should have won far more convincingly, demonstrated just how dangerous Roger Schmidt’s side can be.

Winners Benfica.

Milan v Tottenham

Tottenham have not lost to Milan in their four previous meetings, a Peter Crouch goal giving them a 1-0 win at San Siro in their last tie in 2010-11, but how good they are at the moment is anyone’s guess. Hampered by injuries to forwards, with a weird inability to play in the first half (particularly when Dejan Kulusevski is absent) and a dislocation between the midfield and the forward line, their results have been rather better than performances so far this season. The Italian champions have suffered only two defeats in Serie A and have in Rafael Leão one of the more exciting forwards in Europe, but they were desperately poor in losing twice to Chelsea during the group stages, with injuries offer only some excuse.

Winners Tottenham.

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa celebrates scoring Napoli’s second goal in their 4-1 win against Liverpool in September
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa celebrates scoring Napoli’s second goal in their 4-1 win against Liverpool in September. Photograph: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Eintracht Frankfurt v Napoli

Top of Serie A, unbeaten domestically and hugely impressive in the group stage, Napoli may be the most serious Italian challengers since Juventus decided five league titles in five seasons just wasn’t good enough and got rid of Max Allegri. They are playing fast, dynamic football under Luciano Spalletti and, after the failure of Italy, Nigeria and Georgia to qualify for the World Cup, have an unusual number of players who should be refreshed by a winter break. But unfancied as they may be under Oliver Glasner, Eintracht Frankfurt have become masters of the European away leg. Their Europa League success last season featured victories at Real Betis, Barcelona and West Ham, and this season they won on the road against Marseille and, when they absolutely needed it, Sporting.

Winners Napoli.

Borussia Dortmund v Chelsea

After a shaky start, progress from the group ended up being straightforward for Chelsea, but this is a club still undergoing transition as the recent league defeats to Brighton and Arsenal have shown. There were problems to be addressed in the squad even before the complications of sanctions, and recent injuries have exposed the imbalances that Graham Potter will need to resolve. With Sevilla in miserable form, Borussia Dortmund qualified for the last 16 easily enough, thanks in no small part to a 4-1 win in Spain, a game that highlighted just how important Jude Bellingham has become to Alen Terzic’s side. He may be only 19 but only he, Julian Brandt and Nico Schlotterback have played all 13 league games this season.

Winners Chelsea.

Internazionale v Porto

Porto trail Benfica by eight points domestically but they showed admirable resolve to bounce back from successive defeats at the start of the group stage to qualify with four wins in a row. After suffering a knee injury a month ago, Pepe is a doubt for the World Cup but Porto should have his experience back at the heart of the defence for the last 16. This has not been an easy season domestically for Internazionale and they were twice well-beaten by Bayern Munich, but two fine counterattacking performances against Barcelona ensured progress to the knockout phase for only the second time in the past decade. If Romelu Lukaku can rediscover his form and fitness, his partnership with Lautaro Martínez represents a major threat.

Winners Porto.

PSG’s Keylor Navas concedes the only goal of the 2020 Champions League final to Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman
PSG’s Keylor Navas concedes the only goal of the 2020 Champions League final to Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman (second right). Photograph: Miguel A Lopes/AP

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich

For most of the group stage Paris Saint-Germain seemed to be cruising to top spot, but they were undone at the last by Benfica’s flurry away to Maccabi Haifa and are punished with a repeat of the 2020 final. In a sense they fell into a trap they had dug themselves by drawing at home against Benfica the day after stories broke of Kylian Mbappé’s supposed unhappiness at the club. The competing egos will always be the biggest challenge for a PSG coach. Bayern are top of the Bundesliga again, but four draws and a defeat at Augsburg have led to a certain amount of chuntering about Julian Nagelsmann, despite six wins out of six in the Champions League. His record in big European games is not brilliant.

Winners Bayern Munich.

Dortmund’s 17-year-old star Moukoko stakes World Cup claim with Germany | Borussia Dortmund

Time is ticking away and the World Cup is looming large. Not exactly the moment, you might think, for Germany or any of the other qualified sides to call up a debutant. This one, however, is different – young he may be, but callow he isn’t, and he is arriving at the forefront of Hansi Flick’s mind at the perfect moment. Like most of the runs he makes in the yellow of Borussia Dortmund as autumn turns to winter, it appears as if Youssoufa Moukoko has timed this just right.

There are many remarkable things about the 17-year-old striker, not least that he has had to be patient to arrive at this point at which he is one of the first names on Edin Terzic’s team sheet. Yet now, as not only his talent but how vital he is to Dortmund in the here and now becomes unquestionable, the stars are aligning for him.

It was not just that Moukoko spent Saturday afternoon scoring twice in the 3-0 win over Bochum (“it always tastes better in a derby,” he said, judging the moment and the mood so well as he often does), but the way in which he did it. His finishes were typically full of conviction – a lusty sweep of the trusty left foot, followed by a canny chip over the wandering Bochum goalkeeper, Manuel Riemann, for the second with his weaker right, both from outside the area – and spoke of ability, form and confidence all combined.

Much of Germany’s media and supporters are already convinced. “Hansi Flick has to take Moukoko to the World Cup,” the Bild commentator Corni Küpper said with some insistence after the teenager’s latest display. Meanwhile Kicker’s customary question of the week is whether Moukoko or Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug, the Bundesliga’s top scorer who netted again in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Schalke, should be called up. With Timo Werner ruled out in midweek, it is not out of the question that both players get on the flight to Doha.

While Füllkrug’s candidature has become a cause célèbre, Moukoko’s is conversely less romantic, but pragmatic. He is utterly convincing via either the numbers angle or the eye test. His opening goal made him the youngest player to reach double figures in the Bundesliga, and by a distance (the previous record holder, Florian Wirtz, hit the mark at 18 years and 145 days, while Moukoko doesn’t turn 18 for another two weeks), but it feels almost like trivia in the context of his overall brilliance.

“He’s made a huge step forward,” beamed Terzic, while BVB’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl spoke glowingly about the teenager “developing his overall package.” That much has been apparent since the moment he wrested the starting centre-forward berth from new signing Anthony Modeste a month ago for the Champions League trip to Sevilla.

Not all of Dortmund’s issues were solved, of course, but one major problem went away at a stroke. If the concern had been that Moukoko couldn’t function as a target man like Modeste, being some 10cm shorter than him, then his ability to link, move and mesh with his teammates in the house style was far superior. Without scoring in Andalucía, Moukoko made it clear this was his spot in the XI.

Among the many elements that mark Moukoko out as special is his ability to lift those around him up a little bit higher. He did so in Der Klassiker, calling on Signal Iduna Park’s main stand to rain praise down on Modeste, a player twice his age who he had deposed from the XI but who had netted BVB a last-gasp equaliser – realising that this was the elder man’s moment, and he needed the love of the crowd after a difficult adaptation since arriving. Having given a leg up to his apparent competition, he might be able to do the same for his coach.

Youssoufa Moukoko with Edin Terzic in training.
Youssoufa Moukoko’s strong bond with Edin Terzic may help to keep the coach in a job at Dortmund. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

There are still many doubts about Dortmund, with lots of individual quality but very little discernible style of play. There is a growing feeling that even though Terzic is well-liked at the club, he may not be the long-term solution. Yet Moukoko couldn’t be clearer with words or actions about clicking with his coach.

“I have Edin’s trust,” he emphasised, responding to a question on whether he will extend a contract that expires at the end of the season. Part of the reason he hasn’t yet signed again – and looked as if he would leave last season, such was the frustration under Marco Rose – is he wanted game-time guarantees. He appears to have that under a coach he loves – and could help stay in the job.

In the meantime, the Germany dream is on. Moukoko spoke to Flick on Thursday, exactly a week before the coach announces his squad for Qatar. “He said that I should just keep going,” he revealed, “that they watch everything and in the end those who perform will be there.” On this basis, it’s hard to see how Flick could leave him behind.

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Bundesliga results


Fri: Gladbach 3-1 Stuttgart. Sat: Augsburg 1-2 Eintracht, Dortmund 3-0 Bochum, Hertha 2-3 Bayern, Hoffenheim 1-3 Leipzig, Mainz 0-3 Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen 2-1 Schalke. Sun: Freiburg 2-0 Köln, Leverkusen 5-0 Union.

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Bayern are on top after a 3-2 win over Hertha which should have been more comfortable. They led by three late in the first half, only for quickfire goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Davie Selke (with a penalty) to reignite the contest. It was the Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting show all over again: after Jamal Musiala tucked in a neat opener, the Cameroon striker scored twice, hitting the net for the seventh game in a row. Bild noted on Sunday he is scoring every 70 minutes this season, compared to every 82 for Robert Lewandowski at Barcelona. “We would like to keep him,” Hasan Salihamidžić told Sky 90, with Choupo-Moting out of contract at the season’s end.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates victory at the Olympiastadion.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates victory at the Olympiastadion. Photograph: S Mellar/FC Bayern/Getty Images

The Rekordmeister stayed at the summit thanks to Leverkusen’s emphatic win over Union on Sunday. It was goalless at half-time before former Köpenicker Robert Andrich’s deft finish from a corner just after the interval prompted a goal avalanche as Die Werkself hit five in half an hour. It was a hint of what the club hope their new head coach, Xabi Alonso, can bring to the party. Mitchell Bakker, who was outstanding at wing-back and scored the fifth, credited the coach’s half-time team talk. “He told us ‘get angry when you look at the table’ and that if we kept going, the chances would come,” said the Dutchman. Leverkusen are now out of the bottom three.

Freiburg move up to second place after a 2-0 win over Köln in Saturday’s late game, where their initial profligacy was covered by an eighth clean sheet of the season. Having topped their Europa League group, they have done well to get through an uncommonly hectic campaign so far largely unscathed. “We still want to play,” said Christian Streich, “but I’ll be glad for next Sunday when we can take a deep breath.”

Leipzig are on the heels of the top four, completing a great week with a 3-1 win at Hoffenheim thanks to two more from Christopher Nkunku – the first a stunning free-kick. “He is a difference maker with exceptional qualities,” said Marco Rose after the Frenchman’s goals took him past Timo Werner for the most Bundesliga goals ever scored by a Leipzig player in a calendar year (24).

European roundup: Napoli sink Atalanta to stretch lead at top of Serie A | European club football

Napoli extended their Serie A winning streak to nine games when first-half goals from Victor Osimhen and Eljif Elmas secured a 2-1 comeback victory at second-placed Atalanta, stretching the victors’ lead to eight points, at least until Milan’s late game against Spezia.

Luciano Spalletti’s men played without their exciting young winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who was out due to acute lower back pain that he felt in training on Friday.

The home side’s Ademola Lookman opened the scoring after 19 minutes with a penalty after handball by Osimhen. Napoli’s 23-year-old Nigerian international made amends four minutes later when he headed home Piotr Zielinski’s cross.

In the 35th, Elmas put the visitors in front after taking a pass from Osimhen inside the box, with his effort flying into the net via a slight deflection off Atalanta’s Hans Hateboers.

The hosts started the second half aggressively, chasing an equaliser. Joakim Maehle’s shot after 55 minutes was saved superbly by Meret and Lookman hit the rebound against the bar. That was as close as Atalanta came.

Bayern Munich’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice in two minutes to lead the champions to a nervy 3-2 victory at Hertha Berlin as they went top in the Bundesliga, with the previous leaders, Union Berlin, playing at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. The 33-year-old Cameroon forward is in scintillating form less than three weeks before the World Cup, having netted for the seventh consecutive game in all competitions and the fourth straight in the league.

Jamal Musiala gave the visitors an early lead, rifling in after 12 minutes. In a frenzied end to the first half Choupo-Moting slotted in their second goal in the 38th before pouncing on a bad clearance to knock in another a minute later to make it 3-0.

Borussia Dortmund fans hold banners in protest to the World Cup in Qatar.
Borussia Dortmund fans hold banners in protest to the World Cup in Qatar. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

But Hertha, whose fans unfurled a banner reading “Boycott Qatar 2022” over the Gulf state’s human rights record, still had time to score twice before the break. Dodi Lukebakio volleyed in at the far post in the 40th and Davie Selke converted a 45th-minute penalty to cut the deficit. The pace dropped off after the break with Bayern doing enough to protect their slim lead.

The World Cup hopeful Youssoufa Moukoko scored twice as Borussia Dortmund cruised past local rivals VfL Bochum 3-0 to take over third spot. The 17-year-old Moukoko could not have delivered a better pitch ahead of Germany coach Hansi Flick’s squad announcement next week, confirming his outstanding form when he rifled in from 18 metres to give Dortmund the lead in the eighth minute.

Moukoko, who became the youngest player to reach 10 career goals in the Bundesliga, added another on the stroke of halftime, after Gio Reyna had made it 2-0. He audaciously lobbed the ball over out-of-position keeper Manuel Riemann for his sixth league goal of the season.

There was more good news for Dortmund early in the second half when captain Marco Reus made his comeback from injury, just in time for the World Cup squad announcement.

Borussia Dortmund fans had a banner showing German television’s test card and the message: “Switch off Qatar”.

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Mahrez penalty saved as Manchester City held by Borussia Dortmund | Champions League

The final whistle was celebrated with a rasp of relief, hugs and handshakes, an exhausted but elated Jude Bellingham sinking to the turf, a stirring curtain call in front of the Yellow Wall. It meant something to Borussia Dortmund, at least. They qualified for the last 16 with a performance of maturity and ambition, one that might even – with a little more poise and penetration in the final third – have ended with all three points.

That their opponents were largely going through the motions was of only the barest relevance.

Of course Manchester City came to win. It’s just that if they had really needed to, you sensed they would probably have found a way. A draw here suited both teams fine, with City already qualified for the last 16 and Dortmund needing just a point. And for all the brief flurries of drama, including a missed penalty by Riyad Mahrez, this was ultimately a match of narrowed ambitions and thwarted plans: a learning experience rather than a red-hot contest.

So what did Pep Guardiola learn? Probably a lot that he already knew. That City at anything less than their usual feverish intensity remain vulnerable in transition. That the goalkeeper Stefan Ortega is a fine and reliable deputy to Ederson. That Julian Álvarez can be a viable Plan B when Erling Haaland is injured or rested.

Álvarez moved into the centre‑forward role when Haaland was withdrawn at half-time, and even if he enjoyed few sights of goal himself, his sharp movement and smart link play helped City exert increasing control as the game went on.

And even if the stakes were not at their highest, the atmosphere was as rabidly, raucously good as ever. The Südkurve heaved and howled and hammered out all the old tunes, a hurricane of song and aggression. They roared every block and clearance, screeched the long spells of City possession and even gave their returning star Haaland a warm welcome.

Naturally, Haaland’s lack of potency improved their mood no end. It was a quiet performance from City’s No 9, playing through a slight bout of flu and enjoying just 13 touches in comparison to the 1,006 made by his teammates. His substitution was as much a precaution as anything else, having picked up a slight knock to his foot – not serious, by the looks of things, but certainly a small crumb of optimism for Brendan Rogers, whose Leicester side face City on Saturday.

The curiosity was that City seemed to improve after Haaland went off. It had been a pale first half from them, with Dortmund enjoying several threatening moments in transition, the two best chances falling to Youssoufa Moukoko. In many ways this has been Dortmund’s Achilles heel this season under Edin Terzic: promising approach play marred by poor execution, and a consequent failure to capitalise on their dominant periods.

Erling Haaland is tackled by Emre Can
Erling Haaland, on a subdued return to Borussia Dortmund, is tackled by Emre Can Photograph: DeFodi Images/Getty Images

And as Mahrez stepped up to take a penalty he had won himself, after dropping the shoulder and drawing a clear foul from Emre Can, it felt like a familiar script was about to play out. But then Mahrez from 12 yards is its own unique kind of psychodrama, and sure enough a poor penalty was beaten away by the much-maligned Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.

“Since I got here I don’t know how many millions of penalties we have missed,” Guardiola grumbled. “It’s a big problem. Riyad will reflect, he will practise. And for now, he will take a break.” Ominous.

But no sooner had a reprieved Dortmund begun to sense that it might be their night, the quiet waves of blue began to wash over them. In a way, this sterile domination was an impressive feat of visualisation by City, simply shrugging off the missed penalty by pretending they had actually scored it. John Stones stepped up into midfield and started directing play.

Ilkay Gündogan started to loiter further forward and shift the point of attack. Rodri made 138 passes, not that anybody – perhaps even Rodri himself – would remember a single one of them. And ultimately the yellow wall held firm; that City were not hell-bent on cracking it would prove to be Dortmund’s greatest fortune of all.

‘The whole package’: Pep Guardiola hails Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham | Champions League

Pep Guardiola has called the Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham the “whole package” but suggested the player’s development might have been stifled if he had stayed in England.

The 19-year-old scored against Manchester City in their past two meetings with Dortmund, albeit in losing causes, and will be out to cause more problems in their Champions League game on Tuesday.

Bellingham followed the path of Jadon Sancho, who turned down a new City contract to join Dortmund in 2017, when he left his boyhood club Birmingham two years ago. But the decision has paid off handsomely thanks to the club’s policy of promoting youth.

Guardiola, who has meticulously guided Phil Foden’s development at City, suggested Bellingham would not have got the same opportunities in the Premier League. “Borussia Dortmund is the perfect place for young talent to come,” he said.

“Maybe if Jude Bellingham was in England he would go to City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham, maybe he would not get the minutes. The best thing for a young player to be better is to play minutes.

“He was 17 when he arrived but it was not just about his quality, how he was leading, his kicking, going to the referee. This guy was something special in terms of his mentality. Now he is 19 and he is already one of the captains. The quality, everybody knows it. The whole package is really good.”

‘We have to stop him’: Dortmund wary of former striker Erling Haaland – video

Inevitably Erling Haaland’s return to Dortmund has dominated the build-up and City’s Rúben Dias was clear about the challenge the 6ft 5in Norwegian poses.

“When you talk about the relationship between striker and defender it’s all about the margins,” Dias said. “Some guys, if it’s a 50-50 against them, you know you can win [the duel]. With other guys you need it to be 60-40 in your favour and at the top level 70-30. Erling, you need it to be 100 to you because if you go to 99 with him he can do something. He’s that kind of striker.”

With less than a month to go to the World Cup several players will have one eye on Qatar, but not Haaland as Norway have not qualified. After scheduled friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Finland next month he can enjoy a long rest – potentially a frightening thought if he comes back fresher than the defenders he is facing.

“He will be in Marbella for sure, or in Norway,” Guardiola said. “It depends on how he behaves in Marbella as to how good he is for the second half of the season. Hopefully he doesn’t drink much, eat much and comes back fit and then he can be perfect for the second half of the league.

“But this is the first time in our life [a winter World Cup] is going to happen and we don’t know how people are going to come back. Maybe some players will come back incredibly happy, some maybe depressed if they get eliminated in the knockout stages, some have more holidays.

“We have seen how many injuries there are with this insane calendar. We will see when they come back, we will smell it, then the routine on a daily basis will adapt.”

Bundesliga: Jude Bellingham double helps Dortmund thrash VfB Stuttgart | Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund stormed past VfB Stuttgart 5-0 with two goals from Jude Bellingham on Saturday to notch their first win in four league games and climb to fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund, who host Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, scored after two minutes through Bellingham and were 3-0 up by half-time. “It was a deserved win today. We wanted play with a lot of confidence and wanted to win it and we did it really well,” said Dortmund coach, Edin Terzic. “We hope to fill up on self-confidence. The early goal made it a lot easier. But we stuck with it and it was not just one solo goal but we combined as a team, won possession as a team and that is how we scored our goals.

“We know we have to keep working and not praise the team too much and on Tuesday we have to show an even better performance.”

Dortmund opened their account with Bellingham slotting in from a Niklas Süle pass for his first league goal this season. The early opener threw Stuttgart off their game and before they had any time to react, Dortmund struck again. Defender Süle was left with too much space in the box, allowing him to volley in a cross after 13 minutes before Gio Reyna, making his first start of the season after a string of injuries, threaded home the third in the 44th minute.

After the break Dortmund picked up where they had left off and midfielder Bellingham got his second goal of the afternoon, curling a superb effort past keeper Florian Müller. Another quick passing combination sliced open the Stuttgart defence, allowing Youssoufa Moukoko to tap in a Raphaël Guerreiro cut-back. Despite the defeat Stuttgart’s interim coach, Michael Wimmer, will stay on at least until the end of the year, the club said after the game.

Bayern Munich struck twice in the first half through Jamal Musiala and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to defeat hosts Hoffenheim 2-0 and move within a point of leaders Union Berlin. Bayern never had to hit top form against toothless Hoffenheim but were dominant in the opening period, killing off the game quickly.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting seals Bayern Munich’s win over Hoffenheim with their second goal
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting seals Bayern Munich’s win over Hoffenheim with their second goal. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Musiala put the visitors ahead in the 18th minute after being left completely unmarked at the far post. Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich, replacing the injured Manuel Neuer, responded with a good stop of his own when he kicked away a Georginio Rutter shot. Choupo-Moting doubled the visitors’ lead in the 38th, playing a quick one-two with Serge Gnabry and then turning the ball past Baumann from a tight angle.

Bayern took the foot off the gas after the break but Hoffenheim rarely found a way into their opponents’ box. “I am very satisfied with our performance. The first 35 minutes we showed a lot of passion. We could have scored another four or five goals,” said Bayern coach, Julian Nagelsmann. “We took some pace out of our game after the break which is an adult decision given the game against Barcelona [on Wednesday]. Overall it was a very dominant and mature performance.”

RB Leipzig pulled off an incredible comeback to draw 3-3 with Augsburg after trailing 3-0 in the second half. Augsburg took the lead through a Mergim Berisha penalty in the 34th minute, Berisha then laid on assists for Ermedin Demirovic early in the second half and Ruben Vargas in the 64th minute.

Leipzig then came storming back with André Silva grabbing their first on 73 minutes with Christopher Nkunku and Hugo Novoa sealing the breathtaking draw at the death.

Freiburg returned to winning ways with an easy 2-0 win over Werder Bremen while Bayer Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg.

Andy Brassell is away – his Monday Bundesliga blog will return on 31 October

Champions League roundup: Shakhtar denied by Madrid as Juve lose again | Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk were denied a memorable win over Real Madrid as Antonio Rüdiger scored a stoppage-time equaliser in their Champions League Group F match in Warsaw, while Juventus crashed to their third group defeat as they lost 2-0 away to Maccabi Haifa.

Oleksandr Zubkov headed Shakhtar, beaten 2-1 by Real in Spain last week, in front at the start of the second half. That had looked to be enough for the Ukrainians to secure a hard-earned victory, but former Chelsea defender Rüdiger headed in a dramatic equaliser in the fifth minute of added time. Real Madrid sit top of the table, now four points ahead of RB Leipzig, who won 2-0 at Celtic.

In Israel, Haifa, secured their first win of the group stage against strugglig Juventus.
Omer Atzili headed the hosts into an early lead and doubled the lead shortly before the break as Juve were dealt another setback following Saturday’s Serie A defeat to AC Milan.

Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica remain locked together at the top of Group H following a 1-1 draw in the French capital. Kylian Mbappé, who is said to be unhappy in the Frech capital and wants to leave in January, converted a penalty late in the first half to give PSG – without Lionel Messi because of injury – the lead, but João Mário equalised from the spot just after the hour.

Kylian Mbappé wheels away after opening the scoring against Benfica.
Kylian Mbappé wheels away after opening the scoring against Benfica. Photograph: Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

In Group E, Dinamo Zagreb and RB Salzburg drew 1-1 at the Maksimir Stadium. Nicolas Seiwald gave Salzburg an early lead before the Croatians equalised through Robert Ljubicic’s deflected effort.

Borussia Dortmund fought back to draw 1-1 against Sevilla at Signal Iduna Park thanks to Jude Bellingham’s fourth goal in successive Champions League matches. Tanguy Nianzou headed Sevilla in front following a free-kick on 18 minutes, but the England midfielder bundled in an equaliser before the break. Dortmund sit second in the table, five points ahead of Sevilla and Copenhagen, who drew 0-0 with leaders Manchester City.

Modeste beats buzzer to breathe life into Der Klassiker and his own career | Bundesliga

The first to approach him was Edin Terzić, and neither man attempted to look for the right words. They just saw each other, knew what it meant, and held each other, before the coach whispered a few words of vindication to his player. Teammates had submerged Anthony Modeste instants before at the denouement of this breathless Klassiker and now they followed Terzić, queuing up to congratulate the French striker on his moment of delight and relief.

Youssoufa Moukoko, the effervescent forward half Modeste’s age who had begun the comeback and whose performances in the last week had seemed to start the process of making the older man look obsolete, hugged his senior in a touching moment – pointing to Modeste as they walked towards Signal Iduna Park’s main stand, telling those in it to give it up for the man whose header delivered Borussia Dortmund from yet more disappointment in this fixture.

Further along in that same stand Oliver Kahn had shown what it meant with his reaction to Modeste’s later-than-late equaliser. The Bayern Munich chief’s reaction is destined to be the gif of choice for the rest of this year, as he slumped back in his seat then hit his forearms forward with an “Ah Mann!” summing up the twist, the shock, the exasperation and the celebration.

Dieses Ergebnis haut einen doch vom Stuhl… Ein verrücktes Fußballspiel mit einem frustrierenden Ende für uns. Dass wir mit dem Abpfiff das Tor kassieren, ist mehr als ärgerlich.

— Oliver Kahn (@OliverKahn) October 9, 2022

This was the time for emotion, not analysis. Up until the evening’s incredible climax it was following a familiar, if entertaining, script. Bayern had threatened little in the first half yet taken the lead through Leon Goretzka’s shot from outside the area, their only real effort of note in that first 45 minutes but – thanks to a few Julian Nagelsmann adjustments – had taken a typical grip of things. In spells after Leroy Sané’s second (also from outside the box, and which also you would have expected BVB’s first-choice, Gregor Kobel, rather than current stand-in, Alexander Meyer, to have done better with) it felt as if the champions were toying with their hosts who seemed to be resigned, counting the minutes to their latest loss against Bayern, having been defeated in the last seven against them.

This was the root of Kahn’s explosion. It had seemed so easy, so inevitable that Bayern would put Dortmund down again. “It’s been an amazing season,” he mused afterwards, “where we [frequently] forget to seal the deal and deprive ourselves of what we deserve. They were dead. They had already come to terms with the defeat. But we ourselves brought them back into the game.”

Kingsley Coman’s 90th-minute should-have-been-too-late-to-matter second booking was a window into how Bayern had slid from a position of imperious comfort to indignant holding on. Sané could have followed him seconds later for aiming his studs at Karim Adeyemi after the winger held him back and referee Deniz Aytekin – despite Kahn’s chiding of his lack of “empathy” towards Coman in a Sunday morning tweet – was at his most lenient through most of this, with Jude Bellingham having earlier escaped a second booking for a high foot on Alphonso Davies that compelled the Canadian to be withdrawn.

Nagelsmann was less vocal about Aytekin and more so about his team’s strange lack of intensity in those closing stages. Could Sané or Jamal Musiala have pressured Raphaël Guerreiro more when he repeatedly recycled the ball towards the Bayern goal in the final moments with Meyer up the field and no backpass on? Probably. “In the end it’s quite fair,” he suggested, “even if the 2-2 came late.”

It had been coming, even if it felt like it might elude Dortmund. Terzić – whose pointing to the sky after the equaliser had been a nod to the recent death of his father – had leaned into the emotion of the occasion, throwing on Modeste to join Moukoko in a Hail Mary move. It worked too, with the substitute tidily setting up the starter (“he didn’t score for many games,” noted the coach, “but he didn’t keep hold of his ego”) to rifle in. It also appeared as if Modeste’s own moment had come and gone, as he missed his kick in front of goal after great work by Adeyemi, with a seemingly certain equaliser beckoning.

Dortmund’s players thank supporters in the Yellow Wall after the 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich.
Dortmund’s players thank supporters in the Yellow Wall after the 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection/Getty Images

Not only did Modeste need this – how he needed this – but Der Klassiker needed this too. In the first edition post-Lewandowski and post-Haaland, it showed what it is and what it never was. Superstars are nice to have but this was never a star-led fixture, even branded and distilled for the modern audience, but a rivalry designated by necessity. It was built as a potential beacon of hope – that there can be jeopardy, engaging battle, meaningful competition. Football supporting in the modern age, in other words, in its purest form. Modeste’s last-gasp show gave it succour, little matter if it doesn’t endure.

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Hoffenheim 1-2 Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Bayern Munich, Mainz 1-1 Leipzig, Augsburg 1-1 Wolfsburg, Bochum 3-0 Eintracht, Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Schalke, Stuttgart 0-1 Union Berlin, Hertha Berlin 2-2 Freiburg, Mönchengladbach 5-2 Cologne

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Xabi Alonso had a strong debut as Bayer Leverkusen coach, with his side brushing aside Schalke 4-0 following the midweek sacking of Gerardo Seoane. “We didn’t have much time to plan,” Alonso said afterwards, having been appointed on Wednesday, “but the players understood how we wanted to play.” And he understood how they wanted to play, with hints at the attacking power this team possess, albeit against very limited opposition. It’s the return with Porto up next in a far-from-unsalvageable Champions League campaign. Alonso’s opposite number on Saturday, Frank Kramer, might be next out of the Bundesliga door, with former Bochum coach Thomas Reis the heavy favourite to come in.

Xabi Alonso jumps for joy during Leverkusen’s 4-0 victory against Schalke.
Xabi Alonso jumps for joy during Leverkusen’s 4-0 victory against Schalke. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Borussia Mönchengladbach took the Rheinderby, Daniel Farke’s team beating Köln 5-2 to recover from their own five-goal hiding in Bremen last week. It all centred around a couple of first-half clashes between Jonas Hofmann and Florian Kainz – the former fouled the latter to allow Kainz to score a Köln equaliser from the penalty spot, before the roles were reversed and Kainz received a second booking for an elbow on the Germany wide man. The always reliable Ramy Bensabaini put Gladbach back in front with his spot kick – the first of the defender’s brace – and it was one-way from there. Marcus Thuram rubbed salt in the wounds, scoring the fifth and continuing his derby teasing by reprising Modeste’s glasses celebration in front of the visiting fans – he later put a photo of him doing so on social media, with the caption “only here for the comments” and a popcorn emoji.

Speaking of Werder, the neutral’s (OK, this column’s) favourites are in the top five after their win at Hoffenheim on Friday, with their fantastic front two shining again – Marvin Ducksch got a stylish opener before league top scorer Niklas Füllkrug nervelessly netted a late winner from the penalty spot.

They got there at last – Bochum finally have a win this season and a handsome one at that, turning over Tottenham’s Champions League opponents Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 with a late salvo inspired by Philipp Förster. The former Stuttgart man set up the first two and smashed in the third with his right foot, unbelievably (“I actually only have the right one so I don’t fall over,” he noted afterwards), to seal a long-awaited and rapturously-received win.

Modeste’s late header earns Dortmund dramatic draw with 10-man Bayern | Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund scored a last-gasp goal through Anthony Modeste to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga’s Der Klassiker on Saturday.

Modeste headed in with the last touch of the game to complete a two-goal comeback and keep Bayern off top spot.

Leon Goretzka fired the visitors in front in the 33rd minute before Leroy Sané added another in the 53rd in the high-intensity encounter in front of a sold-out 81,000 crowd at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

Youssoufa Moukoko cut the deficit in the 74th minute to become the youngest scorer in the history of Der Klassiker at 17 years old as Bayern ended the game with 10 men after Kingsley Coman was sent off in the 90th minute with a second booking.

The German champions, who face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday, are on 16 points, the same number as Dortmund. Union Berlin and Freiburg, both on 17, are in action on Sunday.

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Borussia Dortmund struck three times in the first half to beat their hosts Sevilla 4-1 in Champions League Group G on Wednesday and stay firmly on course for the last 16. Sevilla’s manager, Julen Lopetegui, was later sacked with reports in Spain saying the Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli could be his replacement.

Raphaël Guerreiro put the German side in front with a powerful strike before the 19-year-old Jude Bellingham angled a shot into the far corner after a superb run into the box, to become the youngest captain to score in a Champions League match. The England international is also the first teenage midfielder to score in three consecutive Champions League games.

Karim Adeyemi made it 3-0 on the rebound two minutes from half-time although Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri cut the deficit six minutes after the restart before Julian Brandt’s glancing header made sure of the points 15 minutes from time.

As Dortmund players celebrated their win, Lopetegui left the pitch waving to fans who were chanting his name.

Dortmund, who host Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, are second in the group on six points, three behind the leaders Manchester City.

The defending champions, Real Madrid, were forced to ride their luck to extend their 100% start at the top of Group F with a 2-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The hosts looked poised to coast to victory after Rodrygo fired a long-range opener then Vinícius Junior doubled their advantage with less than half an hour on the clock. But Shakhtar replied through a thunderous volley from Oleksandr Zubkov before the break and the visitors continued to threaten to snatch an equaliser on the counter-attack.

Lionel Messi has Benfica players backing off.
Lionel Messi has Benfica players backing off. He scored a brilliant goal but PSG drew 1-1 at Benfica Photograph: DeFodi Images/Getty Images

A brilliant strike from Lionel Messi was not enough for Paris Saint-Germain to preserve their perfect start in Group H as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Benfica. Messi curled a 22nd-minute opener past the home goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos but his effort was cancelled out by a 41st-minute own goal by Danilo Pereira which keeps the hosts level at the top of the group.

Two goals from Adrien Rabiot got Juventus up and running at the third time of asking as they swept to a 3-1 win against Maccabi Haifa in Turin.

Starting pointless after their first two games, Rabiot grabbed a 35th-minute opener before Dusan Vlahovic doubled Juve’s lead early in the second half. Dean David set up a nervy finish for the hosts when he reduced the deficit in the 75th minute but Rabiot’s second seven minutes from time wrapped up an overdue victory.

A second-half penalty from Noah Okafor proved enough for Salzburg to beat Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 and take over at the top of the Group E with five points from their first three games.