Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry embarrassed Tottenham as he scored a stunning four goals in Bayern Munich’s 7-2 Champions League victory on Tuesday night.
Gnabry, deemed not good enough for English football after spells at the Gunners and West Brom, produced a quartet of clinical finishes after the break to send the German champions soaring clear at the top of Group B.
Robert Lewandowski also added a brace along with Joshua Kimmich’s fine first-half goal as Spurs conceded seven goals at home for the first ever time in a major competition.
Bayern are supposed to be a team in transition but they ripped Tottenham apart in the second half and look real contenders for this competition.
Spurs had opened the scoring through Son Heung-min and briefly threatened a comeback after Harry Kane’s penalty at 4-2 before Bayern ran away with it with three goals in the final 10 minutes.
It leaves the Premier League side in an all-too familiar position of floundering in the early part of the group stage, having had to perform a miracle to progress to the knockout stages last year.
Raheem Sterling came off the bench to provide the spark Manchester City needed to claim a hard-fought but deserved 2-0 Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
Pep Guardiola’s side seemed to do everything but score in a one-sided first half at the Etihad Stadium but it took the second-half introduction of Sterling to break the deadlock.
The England forward struck in the 66th minute to put City on course for top spot in Group C before Phil Foden added a second in injury time.
In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo put the gloss on a comfortable 3-0 win for Juventus in a 3-0 win against Bayern Leverkusen at the Allianz Stadium.
The goal meant Ronaldo has now scored against 33 different opponents in the Champions League, equalling the record set by Real Madrid great Raul.
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