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Review of the Champions League: Group C stands for "Death Group" moniker

That's what happened in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, in case you missed it …


Sum up: Red Star stuns Liverpool, Thierry Henry's woes and more


AS Monaco 0, Club Brugge 4 || Atletico Madrid 2, Borussia Dortmund 0 || Inter Milan 1, FC Barcelona 1 || Tottenham 2, PSV Eindhoven 1 || Red Star Belgrade 2, Liverpool 0 || Napoli 1, Paris Saint-Germain 1 || FC Porto 4, Lokomotiv Moscow 1 || Schalke 2, Galatasaray 0


Wild scenes in Serbia
Group C lives up to its nickname as a "death group". Two points separate Napoli from the first-placed Red Star Belgrade, after the Serbs won 2-0 against Liverpool on Tuesday. All four teams in the group, which include PSG and Napoli, are fighting for the two controversial Ko-Berths, and on the basis of the current situation, it can be assumed that the group will be decided on the final day of the match in December.

While Red Star must be fully appreciated for his first victory in the Champions League, serious questions must be asked about the way Liverpool approached the game. Oddly enough, coach Jürgen Klopp Roberto Firmino did not start and interrupted the influential Brazilian only in the second half when his side lost two goals. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane looked far from their best side in a Liverpool attack that was toothless and had no edge in the last third.

Red Star's Milan Pavkov leaned slightly away from Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum to hit the ball on the right foot before hitting goalkeeper Alisson sharply. This one piece seemed to be the night of Liverpool in Belgrade to summarize – at times too casual and too casual.

Thierry Henry is still looking for his first win
Club Brugge was stunned on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League and had won his last group victory 13 years ago. However, Stade Louis II proved to be a perfect remedy for the Belgians' problems when they embarrassed AS Monaco with a 4-0 victory. It was a rousing performance from Brugge, who dominated the process and occasionally managed his luck to finally end his group hoodoo.

For Monaco coach Thierry Henry, who was hired in the last month as a replacement for Leonardo Jardim, you must be a little sorry. In five games under the Arsenal legend, the club has not won any victory. This defeat, combined with Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund, has eliminated Monaco formally for the knockout stages, two games in the group stage. Monaco are also in the relegation zone in Ligue 1 and are now in all 15 competitions in all competitions winless.

Buffon shows a show
Gianluigi Buffon reversed the clock on Tuesday, bringing a series of four fabulous parries early in the second half to keep Napoli off the scoreboard. His two stops to deny Belgian star Dries Mertens made fans in Naples simmer, and the PSG goal was finally broken when Lorenzo Insigne converted from 12 yards and shot past Buffon.

It was a welcome return to the Champions League for Buffon, who was suspended for the first three games of the group stage. The 40-year bullet stopper, however, showed no signs of rust. After the halftime break, when Napoli surged and PSG was half deep, he was tall.


On 24 minutes, Ruud Vormer of Club Brugge got a fabulous shot through the back of AS Monaco. The Brazilian Wesley clung to the pass, cut off Monaco defender Kamil Glik and rolled past goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and past the goal post.


The celebration of Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan after every Red Star Belgrade goal was invaluable.


Stadio San Paolo was a cauldron of nervous energy as hosts Napoli and PSG engaged in a tactical battle for the first 45 minutes before a breathless second half blew both sides aside. A wildly entertaining affair.


"I have to be positive, what else can you do?" – Monaco coach Thierry Henry.


Hector Herrara was a driving force behind the attack by FC Porto. His sharp passing skills help the Portuguese to control the game. In addition to opening the game against Lokomotiv Moscow in the second minute, he added an assist just before half-time.


Six packs of statistics

• Tuesday marked the first time that Liverpool has conceded more than once since their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in October 2014 in the first half of a Champions League match.

• AS Monaco is the first French team to score three goals in the first 25 minutes of a Champions League match at home.

• Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is the first Italian player in the history of the Champions League to win five home games in a row.

• Harry Kane had 14 goals in the Champions League for Spurs (12 goals and two assists).

• PSV's Luuk de Jong scored the fastest goal in the history of the Dutch Champions League (61 seconds).

• PSG have conceded nine penalties in their last 13 away games in the Champions League.

Statistics courtesy of Opta


1) Milan Pavkov, Red Star Belgrade: He scored two goals in seven minutes to give the Serbs a lead that they would not give up against Liverpool.

2) Harry Kane, Tottenham: Packed a brace to lift the Spurs into a back-breaking win and maintain their hopes for progress.

3) Guido Burgstaller, Schalke: In a heads-up game he scored the first and then set the second goal of the German team for the night.


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