Mohamed Salah has made an exceptional start to his Liverpool career, scoring against Hoffenheim in the side’s Champions League qualifier, but he sat out training on doctor’s advice after complaining of a sore throat.
Goals from Seydou Doumbia in the second minute and Gelson Martins just over 10 minutes later left the home side shell-shocked and created a platform for Sporting to take the points.
Despite the relief at the final whistle, it was still a poor result for AS Roma in a group where Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are favourites to qualify and they extended their winless run in the competition, including qualifying games, to seven matches.
Jose Mourinho, bidding to win the competition for a third time having taken Porto and Inter Milan all the way, accused his side of switching off after Romelu Lukaku’s goal put them 2-0 ahead against FC Basel.
Andres Iniesta’s display against Juventus was only upstaged by Lionel Messi, who ended his hoodoo against keeper Gianluigi Buffon with lethal strikes either side of halftime, scoring for the seventh time in three games.
Davide Zappacosta started the run outside his own penalty area and surged down the field past two defenders before reaching the edge of the Qarabag penalty area where he caught goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic off-guard with his strike.
Next up for Bayern Munich is a trip to Paris Saint Germain, presumably one team Robert Lewandowski had in mind when he complained that penny-pinching Bavarians needed an injection of world-class talent after falling behind Europe’s elite.
Manchester United, who missed last season’s Champions League but qualified this time by winning the Europa League, started off the campaign with a routine 3-0 win over Basel with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
PSG, who were quarter-finalists in four successive seasons before falling to a remarkable Barcelona comeback in the last 16 last year, next host Bayern Munich in a mouthwatering clash on Sept. 27
Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus was something of an exception, if only because the Italian team – last season’s defeated finalist – had been expected to put up more of a fight.
Diego Costa wants to move to former club Atletico Madrid after being told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during the offseason that he doesn’t feature in the Premier League champions’ plans.
Napoli was already leading through Jose Callejon’s goal when Lorenzo Insigne struck from the edge of the penalty area to complete a 2-0 win on the French Riviera and send his team through 4-0 on aggregate.
Of the 18 players included in the squad, eight are from the Real, who became the first team to defend their Champions League title this week. This includes the tournament’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes the first Champion’s League final to be played under a closed roof will create an ear-splitting atmosphere when Real Madrid take on Juventus on Saturday, but will have no impact on the result.
Cristiano Ronaldo had limped out of training for three sessions in a row on Tuesday after a clash with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.