the comeback of Inter Milan, Kane unrecognizable… The tops and flops of the multiplex

Tops/Flops : This fifth day of the Champions League group stage saw Inter’s crazy comeback against Benfica, Real Madrid’s great victory against Napoli and Bayern’s draw against Copenhagen.


Inter’s comeback

Trailing 3-0 at half-time in Lisbon against Benfica, Inter Milan snatched a heroic draw this Wednesday evening. Marko Arnautovic (51st), Davide Frattesi (58th) and Alexis Sanchez (72nd), from the penalty spot, allowed the Nerazzurri to come back level with the Lisbonites. The European vice-champions even came close to snatching victory in the final seconds, when incoming Lautaro Martinez found the Portuguese crossbar in the 94th minute. A match symptomatic of the mentality of this Inter team, which never gives up. True warriors.

Alexis Sanchez during his equalizing goal against Benfica. PEDRO NUNES / REUTERS

Joao Mario’s hat-trick

The performance of the evening goes to Benfica midfielder Joao Mario. The Portuguese scored all three goals for his team in the first half against Inter. It doesn’t happen every day to score a hat-trick in the Champions League. However, this magnificent performance was not enough to ensure victory for the Lisbonites…

Joao Mario, author of a hat-trick with Benfica against Inter. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

The Nico Paz revelation

The 19-year-old Argentinian, who came on in the 65th minute in place of Brahim Diaz, delivered Real Madrid in the final moments of the match against Napoli. The attacking midfielder took his chance in the 84th minute to score a sumptuous goal and restore the advantage to the Merengue, before Joselu completed the success of Casa Blanca (4-2). This is the first achievement of the talented Nico Paz in the colors of Real, in addition to that in the Champions League. Just that.


The excitement of Benfica

The road to the cross in the Champions League continues for Benfica this season. Last in group D with only one point, last season’s quarter-finalists are definitely not making it. Even leading 3-0 at half-time at home, the Lisbon side seem incapable of winning. Very feverish, the Portuguese saw Inter gradually return to the match and came close to another defeat in the final minutes. A C1 campaign to forget for Roger Schmidt’s men.

Harry Kane (very) uninspired

Surprising result this evening in Munich. Bayern Munich failed to win against Copenhagen (0-0) and was very approximate offensively, like its top scorer since the start of the season, Harry Kane. The Englishman, who walks on water in the Bundesliga with 18 goals on the clock, only shot once on goal during the entire match. Worse, the former Tottenham striker only touched 17 balls in 90 minutes. Starving. The second highest scorer in Premier League history was unrecognizable.

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