GENEVA (AP) — Robert Lewandowski has twice pulled Barcelona back from the brink of Champions League elimination.
The Polish star revitalized Barça’s 3-3 draw against Inter Milan on Wednesday with a header in stoppage time.RELATED
Another team on the brink of elimination is Atlético Madrid, who have gone scoreless in three straight games.
Bayern Munich, Napoli, or tournament surprise Brugge have no such concerns.
Saved… for now
Barcelona took the lead in the 40th minute with Ousmane Dembele’s goal, but Niccolo Barella in the 50th minute and Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez in the 63rd minute.
Lewandowski scored the first goal for the Barça club with 82 to reach 2-2.
A Robin Gossens goal in the 89th minute gave Inter a 3-2 lead, a loss that would have forced Barcelona out of the group stage for the second season in a row.
Despite Lewandowski’s second goal to draw, Xabi Hernández’s side are still in trouble. His 3rd place in Group C, they have scored his 4 points, his 3 less than Inter in the fight for second place.
And his coach Xavi Hernandez made a serious diagnosis.
“I am so disappointed, sad and upset. We don’t deserve to continue this competition.”
After beating Viktoria Plzen 4-2 for the fourth time, Bayern Munich have already sealed a pass with 12 units.
Leon Goretzka helped the Bayern team to victory. Sadio Mane and Thomas Müller scored other goals.
Club Brugge beat Atlético Madrid 0-0 to become the second Belgian club to reach the last 16.
With this setback, Atlético lost hope of exiting Group B. Burjas was the leader with 10 points, with him six more than the Spanish team.
A few hours later, things got even more complicated. Mehdi Taremi scored two penalties as Porto beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 to take six points. Use the second one in his key. The German team is bottom of his three.
It was the third straight match Atlético had failed to win in a top European club tournament.
“I’m optimistic. I’ve seen the team I like to see, the press, the intensity,” helped Argentina coach Diego Simeone. “Languages are beautiful, reality matters. It’s true that it gets complicated and the only good thing is that the results come out and you win both games.”
Antoine Griezmann made his start after Atlético and Barcelona agreed to make his transfer permanent, but the French striker has done little or nothing to revive a defunct mattress attack.
The hosts missed the winning goal near the final goal when Alvaro Morata’s shot from close range hit goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the face. Matthäus his Cunha also missed a chance in front of goal in stoppage time.
Lozano and Napoli will not ceasefire
Napoli advanced to the round of 16 two days ago after beating Ajax 4-2 thanks to goals from Hirving Lozano, Giacomo Raspadori, Hvica Kvaratzgelia and Victor Osimén.
The Italian club leads both Serie A and Group A of the Champions League and is unbeaten in both competitions.
Goals from Mexico’s Lozano and Raspadori gave Napoli a 2-0 lead in the 16th minute. Davy Klaasen put one behind the visitors after the restart, but Kvaradzkeria scored a penalty in the 62nd minute to restore Napoli’s lead.
Steven Bergwijn also gave Ajax a death penalty, but substitute Victor Osimén dominated in injury time.
Napoli, who beat Ajax 6-1 last week, are three points ahead of Liverpool, who beat Rangers 7-1. Egypt’s Mothra came off the bench and scored a hat-trick in just six minutes and 12 seconds, setting a new league record for the Champions League.
Ajax are six points behind Liverpool. Rangers have not been added.
Resurrection of Marseille
Winning two of their many matches was the boost Marseille desperately needed to restore their chances of advancing to the round of 16.
The French club defeated Sporting Lisbon 2-0, who lost two players due to sending off.
Sporting were left with 10 men after losing 4-1 to the Marseille team last week.
Marseille are bottom of the table with two consecutive losses. They are now one point behind Tottenham, who are now leading Group D with their 3-2 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt and their advantage in head-to-head matches with Sporting. has moved up to his second place in the