City, Barca grab wins in Champions League

 Substitutes, Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku, scored late goals as Manchester City re­covered from back-to-back defeats to beat Leipzig in the Champions League.

Defending champions, City, who came into the game on the back of losses to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup and Wolves in the Premier League, looked in complete control in the first half.

Phil Foden gave them a deserved lead with a difficult shot on the bounce following a cutback by Rico Lewis, who impressed in a central midfield role.

Leipzig scored with their only shot on target, as Lois Openda raced onto a through ball before slotting the ball past Ederson via the inside of the post.

Five minutes after coming off the bench, Alvarez lifted a perfectly weighted shot into the top corner from the edge of the box following a pass by Doku.

City have now equalled the lon­gest European unbeaten run by an English club level on 16 with Leeds (1967-1968), Tottenham (1967- 1972), Chelsea (2018-2019) and West Ham, whose run started last year and is still going too.

Barcelona made it two wins from two in this season’s Champi­ons League as Ferran Torres’ goal secured victory at Porto.

The ex-Manchester City forward replaced the injured, Robert Le­wandowski, midway through the first half.

Torres then grabbed what would be the winner just before the break, driving in from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass.

Porto battled for an equaliser in the second half and Barcelona had Gavi sent off in the 93rd minute, but held on.

Barcelona teenager, Lamine Yamal, continued his impressive breakout season by making more history.

At 16 years and 83 days he be­came the youngest player to start a Champions League game. -BBC

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