Ten-man Juve win in Lyon

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Buf­fon had made er­rors in his pre­vi­ous two games for club and coun­try which re­sulted in goals, but re­turned to his supreme best at the Parc OL to keep a hard-earned clean sheet.

The 38-year-old spurned Alexan­dre La­cazette from the penalty spot be­fore pro­duc­ing a re­flex save of the high­est qual­ity to keep Na­bil Fekir's de­flected strike out.

Mario Lem­ina was sent off shortly after that stop to tilt the bal­ance of play firmly in the hosts' favour, but again Buf­fon stood in their way.

And sub­sti­tute Cuadrado com­pleted the smash and grab in fit­ting style, slam­ming home a mes­meric goal wor­thy of fol­low­ing his cap­tain's fine ear­lier ex­am­ple.

FC Porto came from be­hind to beat Club Brugge 2-1 with an in­jury-time penalty to be­come a chal­lenger in Cham­pi­ons League Group G.

Brugge, hit with a slew of in­juries, got its first goal in the Cham­pi­ons League this year in the 12th minute when for­ward Jelle Vossen latched on to a re­bound, kept a cool head in a goal­mouth scram­ble and sent it home with a curl­ing shot.

In­creas­ing pres­sure paid off for Porto in the 68th minute when Mex­i­can de­fender Miguel Layun was given too much space and hit home with a lon­grange drive from well out­side the penalty area that gave goal­keeper Lu­dovic Butelle no chance.

In in­jury time, An­dre Silva com­pleted the come­back when he con­verted a spot kick after Corona was brought down.

Riyad Mahrez made it three wins out of three for Le­ices­ter on its Cham­pi­ons League de­but, clinch­ing a 1-0 vic­tory for the Group G lead­ers over FC Copen­hagen yes­ter­day.

Le­ices­ter is in a strong po­si­tion to reach the knock­out phase, hold­ing a five-point lead over Copen­hagen and FC Porto half­way through the group stage.

Bernardo Silva's late goal res­cued a 1-1 draw for Monaco away to CSKA Moscow.

CSKA had been head­ing for vic­tory thanks to a first-half goal from Ivo­rian striker Lacina Traore — who is him­self on loan from Monaco — but Silva lev­eled in the 87th with a curl­ing shot.

That en­raged CSKA goal­keeper and cap­tain Igor Ak­in­feev, who had pro­duced some spec­tac­u­lar saves in­clud­ing a one-handed stop in the lead up to Silva's goal. Ak­in­feev was un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to stop his decade­long record of Cham­pi­ons League matches with­out a clean sheet from reach­ing 40 games.

Hugo Lloris was Tot­ten­ham's hero as they held Bayer Lev­erkusen to a 0-0 draw at the Ba-yArena in yes­ter­day's Cham­pi­ons League clash.

The France goal­keeper made a string of sec­ond-half saves - the best of which came against Javier Her­nan­dez - to deny the home side a first win against English op­po­si­tion since 2011 and keep Group E wide open after three matches.

Son He­ung-min, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance against his old club, set up Vin­cent Janssen for a first-half tap-in that was ruled out for off­side, but it was Spurs who looked the more threat­en­ing in a scrappy open­ing 45 min­utes.

Real Madrid sur­vived an early scare to com­fort­ably see off Le­gia War­saw 5-1 in the Cham­pi­ons League and ex­tend their un­beaten run to 23 games across all com­pe­ti­tions.

Madrid made hard work of the con­test be­fore Gareth Bale's first Cham­pi­ons League goal since De­cem­ber 2014 opened the scor­ing, with Vadis Odidja-Ofoe pre­vi­ously hit­ting the post in one of sev­eral early chances.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Ju­lian Weigl scored in the first half to lead Borus­sia Dort­mund to a 2-1 win over Sport­ing Lis­bon in their Cham­pi­ons League match yes­ter­day.

Bruno Ce­sar pulled one back for Sport­ing but the Por­tuguese side could not find the equal­izer.

Juve’s match win­ner Cuadrado

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