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Gnabry hits four as Bayern trounce Tottenham 7-2

Wednesday, 2019-10-02 08:11:45
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group B - Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munich - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - October 1, 2019 Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry celebrates scoring their seventh goal with teammates. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Tottenham Hotspur suffered their heaviest home defeat in Europe as Serge Gnabry struck four goals for Bayern Munich in a 7-2 romp to seize control of Champions League Group B on Tuesday.

Master marksman Robert Lewandowski also scored twice as Bayern responded to going behind early on in devastating fashion, running riot on a rain-lashed night in north London. It was the first time Tottenham have shipped seven goals at home in any major competition and they became the first English club to concede seven in Europe since they themselves lost 8-0 to FC Cologne in the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995.

* Mauro Icardi scored his first goal for Paris St Germain as they beat Galatasaray 1-0 away to take control of Champions League Group A on Tuesday. Icardi touched the ball home from close range in the 52nd minute after being teed up Pablo Sarabia whose superb pass beat Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera.

* Atletico Madrid's 126-million-euro forward Joao Felix scored his first goal in the Champions League to help his side earn a 2-0 win at Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D on Tuesday.

* Manchester City made it two wins out of two in Champions League Group C after goals from substitutes Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden gave Pep Guardiola's side a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. City move on to six points from their opening two games after winning their first match 3-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk, while Dinamo have three points.

* Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain scored one goal and made another, while Cristiano Ronaldo added the third, as Juventus cruised to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen to go top of Champions League Group D on a rainy night in Turin on Tuesday. The win puts Juventus top of the group on four points and ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who won 2-0 away to third-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, on goal difference. Leverkusen are bottom after their second straight defeat.

* Sam Kendricks of the United States clinched his second consecutive world title on Tuesday after a duel with European champion Armand Duplantis that electrified the usually muted crowd at Khalifa International Stadium. Kendricks stayed alive by clearing 5.87 and 5.97 metres in his third and final attempts but it was his first-time clearance at 5.92 that put him above Duplantis and earned him gold when neither man could clear 6.02.

* Britain's Dina Asher-Smith led the charge into the 200 metres final at the world athletics championships on Tuesday while Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson pulled out to leave the gold medal up for grabs. A silver medallist in the 100m, Asher-Smith will go into Wednesday's final as the clear favourite for gold after cruising home in 22.16 seconds ahead of Americans Brittany Brown (22.46) and Anglerne Annelus (22.49) who posted the top times in the other two heats.

* A goal in deep into stoppage time by substitute Manor Solomon snatched all three points for Shakhtar Donetsk as they beat Atalanta 2-1 in their Champions League Group C clash in Milan on Tuesday.

* Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League group stage clash at Barcelona due to a thigh muscle injury, manager Antonio Conte said on Tuesday. Lukaku, who was signed for around 80 million euros from Manchester United in the close season, is the club's leading goalscorer in Serie A alongside midfielder Stefano Sensi, with three goals.

* Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal took a massive stride towards a third Asian Champions League final in six years by thrashing Xavi Hernandez-coached Qatari champions Al Sadd 4-1 in their semi-final first leg in Doha on Tuesday. The two teams meet again in the second leg in Riyadh on Oct. 22, with the winner facing either Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan or China's Guangzhou Evergrande in the final in November.

* World number one Novak Djokovic blasted past qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo. Playing in his first singles match since retiring from his US Open fourth-round match with Stan Wawrinka due to a left shoulder issue, the Serb showed he was fighting fit as he fired seven aces and won 84% of points on his first serve.

* Top seeds Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka cruised into the last 16 of the China Open with straight sets victories in their second round matches in Beijing on Tuesday. World number one Barty, who received a bye into the second round, started her campaign with a 6-4 6-2 win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva, wrapping up the contest in 75 minutes.

* Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and Galatasaray striker Radamel Falcao have been left out of Colombia's squad for friendlies against Chile and Algeria. Both players missed Colombia's friendly draws with Brazil (2-2) and Venezuela (0-0) in September because of leg muscle injuries but have since returned to action for their respective clubs.

Reuters, Xinhua