Tot­ten­ham lose 7-2 to Bay­ern Mu­nich

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LON­DON (AP) — Serge Gnabry scored four goals as Bay­ern Mu­nich hu­mil­i­ated Tot­ten­ham 7-2 in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day, the first time in club his­tory that Spurs con­ceded seven at home in a ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion.

Gnabry had never scored in the Cham­pi­ons League be­fore net­ting all four of his goals in the sec­ond half, with his first two com­ing in a two-minute span to put Bay­ern 4-1 up in the 55th. He com­pleted the rout with the fi­nal goal in the 88th, one minute after Robert Le­wandowski had scored his sec­ond.

“I never dreamed I’d score four goals,” said Gnabry, who pre­vi­ously played for Tot­ten­ham’s archri­val Arse­nal. “The pres­sure helped. My fa­ther told me I had to play well.”

Tot­ten­ham reached the fi­nal of the Cham­pi­ons League last sea­son but squan­dered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Olympiakos in its open­ing group game and again let a lead slip after Son He­ung-min opened the scor­ing in the 12th minute.

Joshua Kim­mich an­swered Son’s strike three min­utes later, cut­ting in­side a de­fender and then shoot­ing in­side the left post from 20 me­ters (yards).

Spurs con­tin­ued caus­ing prob­lems for Bay­ern’s de­fense, but Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side was to rue missed chances as the vis­i­tors grad­u­ally im­proved.

“We started the game re­ally com­pact and ag­gres­sive, press­ing hard. I think we dom­i­nated the game in the first 30 min­utes,” Po­chet­tino told BT Sport. “Un­lucky that we con­ceded at the end of the first half, in the last minute.”

Le­wandowski, al­ready the scorer of 10 goals in six Bun­desliga games this sea­son, turned sharply and fin­ished smartly to put Bay­ern in front just be­fore the break.

Gnabry then got off the mark in the 53rd after go­ing past a num­ber of Spurs de­fend­ers, adding an­other within two min­utes.

Harry Kane pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 61st after Kings­ley Co­man was pe­nal­ized for a foul on Danny Rose.

But Gnabry ended any hopes Tot­ten­ham had of a come­back when he com­pleted his hat trick in the 83rd, then scored an­other for good mea­sure after Le­wandowski claimed Bay­ern’s sixth.

“They were very clin­i­cal. We had some chances to score the third and be in the game,” Po­chet­tino said.

The Ar­gen­tine coach called for unity, though the re­sult is sure to ex­ac­er­bate the con­cerns over his lead­er­ship after a rocky start in the Pre­mier League and elim­i­na­tion from the English League Cup by fourth-tier Colch­ester last week.

“We have to stay to­gether and be strong in our men­tal­ity,” Po­chet­tino said.

It was the big­gest mar­gin of de­feat suf­fered at home by an English team in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion, and the first time any had con­ceded seven goals since Spurs lost 8-0 at Cologne in the In­ter­toto Cup in 1995.

“We thought it would be a close game. But we’re happy with how it worked out,” Bay­ern goal­keeper Manuel Neuer said.

Red Star Bel­grade de­feated Olympiakos 3-1 in the other Group B game. Bay­ern is top with six points and Tot­ten­ham last with just one point.

Madrid Com­back

Barely 40 min­utes had elapsed, Real Madrid was los­ing 2-0 at home to one of the Cham­pi­ons League’s sup­pos­edly weaker teams, and Club Brugge scorer Em­manuel Bon­aven­ture was taunt­ing fans in­side the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu by im­i­tat­ing the fa­mous “Si!” goal cel­e­bra­tion of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane would soon be sub­sti­tut­ing his goal­keeper, Thibaut Cour­tois, at half­time.

Suc­cess in Euro­pean soc­cer’s big­gest club com­pe­ti­tion has come so easy for Zi­dane as Madrid coach — he won the Cham­pi­ons League an un­prece­dented three straight sea­sons in his first spell at the Span­ish club — but he’s not find­ing it so easy early in his sec­ond stint in charge.

Madrid’s play­ers roused them­selves and re­cov­ered to draw 2-2 against their vis­i­tors from Bel­gium, thanks to head­ers by Ser­gio Ramos and Casemiro. But qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the last 16 is far from the cer­tainty it seemed when the group-stage draw was made.

Hav­ing opened the group by be­ing out­played in a 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Ger­main, Madrid — like Tot­ten­ham — is in last place on one point.

The Span­ish team hasn’t failed to ad­vance past the group stage since the 1989-90 sea­son, which was so long ago the com­pe­ti­tion was called the Euro­pean Cup. A loss away to Galatasara­y in the third round of games would make things ex­tremely tough for the record 13-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons.

PSG didn’t find its trip to Turkey straight­for­ward on Tues­day, only win­ning 1-0 win thanks to Mauro Icardi’s first goal for the French club.


Bay­ern’s Ben­jamin Pavard, right, tries to stop Tot­ten­ham’s Son He­ung-min dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons League group B soc­cer match be­tween Tot­ten­ham and Bay­ern Mu­nich at the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur sta­dium in Lon­don, Tues­day.

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