SALAH SHOW SAVES DAY FOR REDS Scores Match-Win­ning Goal Against Salzburg; Suarez Brace Res­cues Barca

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Paris: Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers Liver­pool came out on top of a 4-3 thriller with Salzburg on Wed­nes­day af­ter throw­ing away a three­goal lead at An­field be­fore Mo­hamed Salah’s win­ner, while Luis Suarez fired Barcelona to a come­back vic­tory over In­ter Mi­lan. Salah won the match for Liver­pool with his sec­ond of the night in the 69th minute, deny­ing Salzburg a point af­ter teenage sen­sa­tion Er­ling Braut Haa­land had stunned the Reds when he com­pleted an in­cred­i­ble fight­back with his 18th goal of the sea­son.

The hosts looked to be cruis­ing when Salah had added to goals by Sa­dio

Mane and Andy Robert­son with a neat fin­ish in the 36th minute, but Hee-Chan Hwang’s bril­liant strike shortly be­fore the break gave Salzburg hope.

Two goals in four sec­ond-half min­utes from Takumi Mi­namino and 19-year-old sub­sti­tute Haa­land, who had only been on the pitch for four min­utes when he evaded a doz­ing Liver­pool de­fence to tap in Mi­namino’s low cross, l eft t he home crowd stunned. How­ever, Salah spoiled their evening with his sixth goal of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions, putting Liver­pool level with Salzburg on three points.

Suarez saved Barcelona’s blushes at the Camp Nou af­ter Lau­taro Martinez had scored early for In­ter, who then failed to cap­i­talise on their first- half dom­i­nance in the Group F clash and lost 2-1. Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen had to be at his best in the 37th minute to get down low and keep out Martinez’s pow­er­ful header, while Ste­fano Sensi also rued miss­ing the tar­get when well placed shortly after­wards.

How­ever Barca moved up a gear in the sec­ond half and were de­servedly level when Suarez crashed home a su­perb shot just be­fore the hour mark, and the Uruguayan was at his sharpest to win the match with six min­utes re­main­ing.

Lionel Messi sud­denly warmed up and skipped past two chal­lenges be­fore lay­ing on Suarez, whose per­fect first touch al­lowed him to sink In­ter. Dort­mund came out on top at Slavia Prague thanks to a pair of counter-at­tack­ing strikes from Achraf Hakimi, whose clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing led Lu­cien Favre’s side to a 2-0 win in the Czech Repub­lic.

The Morocco in­ter­na­tional burst through onto Ju­lian Brandt’s pass in the 35th minute and charged to­wards the goal, skip­ping past Petr Sev­cik and goal­keeper On­drej Ko­lar be­fore ri­fling home the opener.

The pair com­bined again in the fi­nal minute with an­other rapid counter, the Ger­many mid­fielder this time slip­ping Hakimi in down the left and the 20-yearold slot­ted a neat left-foot fin­ish that made sure of the win. Ajax took con­trol of Group H with a big 3-0 suc­cess at Va­len­cia that put them top with a per­fect six points and showed again that they could yet re­peat last sea­son’s hero­ics.

Hakim Ziyech opened the scor­ing for the Dutch cham­pi­ons with an in­cred­i­ble dip­ping strike on just eight min­utes, and Quincy Promes dou­bled their lead 11 min­utes be­fore half-time with his sec­ond in as many Cham­pi­ons League games be­fore the break, pun­ish­ing Daniel Parejo for smash­ing a penalty high over the bar.

Wil­lian wins it for Chelsea

Wil­lian’s bril­liant late strike gave Chelsea a pre­cious a 2-1 win away to Lille that they will hope kick­starts their Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign, but it was the young stars in Frank Lam­pard’s side who stole the show again. The Brazil­ian volleyed home in the 78th minute on Wed­nes­day to de­cide the game un­der the roof at the Stade Pierre-Mau­roy on what was his 300th ap­pear­ance for the club.

Tammy Abra­ham had ear­lier put Chelsea in front on his 22nd birth­day with his eighth goal al­ready this sea­son, only for Vic­tor Osimhen to equalise for Lille. Chelsea are now off the mark in Group H af­ter los­ing at home to Va­len­cia a fort­night ago, although it is Ajax who con­tinue to top the sec­tion with a max­i­mum six points. “Give it to the team, what a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance,” Abra­ham told BT Sport. GROUP G: At Leipzig: RB Leipzig 0 lt to Lyon 2 (De­pay 11, Ter­rier 65).

Zenit Saint Peters­burg 3 (Dzyuba 21, Dias 70og, Az­moun 78) bt Ben­fica 1 (De To­mas 85).

GROUP H: At Lille: Lille 1 (Osimhen 33) lt to Chelsea 2 (Abra­ham 22, Wil­lian 78).

At Va­len­cia: Va­len­cia 0 lt to Ajax 3 (Ziyech 8, Promes 34, van de Beek 67).

BANG ON TAR­GET: Liver­pool’s Mo­hamed Salah (right) scores their third goal against Salzburg

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