Thu 08-09-2022 01:55 AM
WORLD CAPITALS, 7th September, 2022 (WAM) -- Ajax and Bayern excelled while Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick, while the shock came at Napoli, where the spectacular hosts stunned Liverpool 4-1 in tonight's Champions League encounters.
Napoli served notice of their UEFA Champions League intentions with a dazzling first-half performance as they overwhelmed last season's runners-up Liverpool 4-1. Ajax also impressed against Rangers while Robert Lewandowski struck his first hat-trick for Barcelona. There were wins elsewhere for Bayern, Tottenham, Club Brugge, Sporting CP and Atlético, whose meeting with Porto came to a remarkable conclusion.
Lewandowski bagged his seventh Champions League hat-trick to help guide Barcelona to a comfortable victory. Franck Kessié opened the scoring before Lewandowski made it two with a cool finish. Jan Sýkora provided some hope for the Czech champions with a well-taken header but Lewandowski scored a second in first-half added time and a third from the edge of the box midway through the second period. Ferran Torres came off the bench to add a fifth as Barcelona made an emphatic start.
Bayern defeated their opponents at their own home. Leroy Sané gave the visitors a deserved lead midway through the first half when he latched on to a Joshua Kimmich long ball and rounded André Onana to score the opener. Inter rallied before Bayern's second dampened home enthusiasm; there was an element of fortune to it as Danilo D'Ambrosio turned into his own net after sublime work from Kingsley Coman and Sané.
In another clash, Richarlison's first goals for Tottenham got Antonio Conte's side get off to a winning start against ten-man Marseille.
In Germany, the hosts Frankfurt lost 0-3 to Sporting CP. Marcus Edwards was the difference as Sporting CP won in Germany for the first time.
Club Brugge won 1-0 against Leverkusen. Abakar Sylla scored the only goal as Club Brugge squeezed past Leverkusen. In the meantime, Abakar Sylla scored the only goal as Club Brugge squeezed past Leverkusen.