Kingsley Coman scored twice Bayern Munich beaten Atletico Madrid 4-0 to start their Champions League title defense in a disturbing way.
After an even first half hour, the French winger jumped on Joshua Kimmich’s cross to shoot Bayern past Bayern at close range. Leon Goretzka doubled Bayern’s lead five minutes before half-time as Hansi Flick’s side defied predictions of a close battle between the two heavyweights in Group A.
Corentin Tolisso ensured victory in spectacular fashion halfway through the second half. After a free kick has been erased, the midfielder hit an unstoppable effort in the upper corner of Jan Oblak 30 meters. Coman added his second of the night, ending a sweeping counterattack as he slid the ball inside the far post.
“Our game was just good tonight,” Flick said after the game. “It was a tough task but we got it right. Our efficiency was good today and I am very satisfied. It is very important to win this first game. We had a game plan and we implemented it, playing four great goals.
At the start of the Group A match, Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow draws 2-2 in Austria. Eder put the visitors in the lead from the start, before Dominik Szoboszlai equalized on a halftime stroke with a fierce long-range strike. Salzburg took the lead in the second half thanks to Zlatko Junuzovic, but Vitali Lisakovich’s header to the far post meant the spoils were shared.
Romelu Lukaku saved Internazionale with a late home equalizer against Borussia Monchengladbach, who believed to have caused a second shock in Group B of the night after Shakhtar Donetsk’s 3-2 win at Real Madrid.
Lukaku shot Inter just after half-time but the visitors equalized when Arturo Vidal was penalized for fouling Marcus Thuram in the zone. Ramy Bensebaini converted the penalty, before Jonas Hofmann completed a clinical counterattack in the 84th minute. Time is running out, Lukaku returned from a corner to earn a valuable point for Antonio Conte’s side ahead of their trip to Ukraine next Tuesday.
Atalanta showed Liverpool they would offer competition for the top spot in Group D by beating Midtjylland 4-0. Duván Zapata struck from a narrow angle to open the scoring in the 26th minute in pouring rain in Denmark. Papu Gómez doubled the visitors’ lead 10 minutes later with a strike of 20 meters which crashed into the crossbar. Luis Muriel added a third before the break with Aleksey Miranchuk completing the scoring two minutes from time.
In Group C, Egyptian striker Ahmed Hassan hit in the timeout to win Olympiacos victory against a sub-par Marseilles, who will have to improve in their next match, at home against Manchester City.